|CARY CLARKE 503-225-5900 Ext. 228
Mr. Clarke has been a dedicated champion of the arts, education, and community throughout his career. He served youth and their families as an English Language Learners (ELL) educator in East Portland’s Parkrose School District and, as co-founder and co-director of nonprofit organization PDX Pop Now!, he worked to broaden young people’s participation in and access to Portland’s thriving music community.
Most recently, Mr. Clarke was the Arts & Culture Policy Director for the City of Portland in the Office of former Mayor Sam Adams, where he managed partnerships with local school districts, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, independent artists and arts organizations. He oversaw major initiatives including the creation of a dedicated public fund for arts education and access, and the implementation of an equity initiative to ensure that the full diversity of Portlanders receive the benefits of the arts in their communities. Mr. Clarke is a musician who has recorded and toured nationally, is fluent in Russian, and holds a B.A. from Yale University.
Amy Botula, Arts Integration Coach, is a writer and former educator. For sixteen years, Amy worked as a classroom teacher—beginning her career at Peninsula Year-Round School and concluding it at Wilson High School. As a classroom teacher, she witnessed firsthand the power that the integration of the visual and performing arts has on learning. She watched once reluctant students thrive when given the opportunity to express themselves visually or through performance. And, as a high school student who transferred between her sophomore and junior year, taking an Introduction to Humanities class helped Amy to find a sense of place and purpose. That one class inspired her to study art history at Oberlin College and to be a teacher. Last year, Amy returned to the classroom as a student and participated in the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Writing Certificate Program. For her final project, she published a collection of essays entitled GLOSSARY. Working as an Arts Integration Coach brings together many of the things Amy loves—collaboration, inquiry, creativity, and the arts. Amy works with East Gresham Elementary and Powell Valley in the Gresham-Barlow School District and with Sitton, James John, Vestal, Lewis, and Whitman in Portland Public Schools.
Leigh Broussard has worked for non-profits since moving to Portland from San Diego in 2004. She comes to Young Audiences after working for 1000 Friends of Oregon, Cascadia Wild, and various political campaigns. She is a CPA and holds a SPHR certificate in Human Resources. In San Diego she worked as an auditor for a CPA firm on nonprofit audits while livin on a boat and sailing into Mexican waters in the winter months. Before moving to San Diego she had a career as financial manager and administrator of large law firms in Century City. She started a non-profit in Los Angeles called the “Society of Creative and Performing Artists,” which provided living and studio space for a variety of artists and performers. She attended Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood from which she has a BA in Chemistry, and holds a masters in Accounting from California State University Northridge.
Christi Crowley is responsible for fundraising, marketing, and grant writing to support Young Audiences’ arts in education programs that serve over 80,000 students each year. Christi has a background in project management and education and has a BA from Boston College in Elementary Education and Sociology. As a native Montanan, a love for outdoor activities and adventuring is in her blood, and in her free time you can find her hiking with her dog Rio, swimming, or traveling the world.
Adam Friedman originally hails from the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His passion for nature and the great outdoors has manifested itself in his artwork and other personal interests. Since 2006, Adam has worked in the arts as an educator, administrator, and advocate. He holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art institute, and his work has been exhibited across the United States. He is currently represented by the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
Julie Hammond has worked in arts administration and support since 2002 including stints with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and as an assistant to performance artist William Pope.L. She has completed professional development programs in grant writing and arts management through Creative Capital (MAP Fund/Doris Duke) and the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and brings her enthusiasm for the arts to her role as a member of Young Audiences’ Development Department. Julie received a BA (Suma Cum Laude) in Theater from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. She has studied with theater makers in London, Budapest, Mexico, and Poland; performed in festivals and venues in Mexico, Poland, NYC, and along the west coast. She is a proud company member of Portland’s own Hand2Mouth Theatre.
Music has been an important part of Josephine’s life from an early age, starting with violin and then classical voice. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and recently completed a Master’s in Arts Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Oregon.
As School Liaison, Josephine Kuever assists over 200 schools each year with their arts planning and scheduling needs.
Briana Linden, a Portland native, has worked in regional non-profits since 1997 including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Art Museum, Artists Repertory Theatre and Blue Sky/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts; prior to that she was a preschool teacher. She brings almost 20 years as a leader, educator and teaching artist to her work at Young Audiences as Teaching Artist Program Manager for The Right Brain Initiative, where she manages and supports teaching artists and arts organizations in bringing creative, meaningful, arts-rich experiences to children. Briana received her bachelor’s of fine arts with a focus on works on paper from Marylhurst University in 2005. A practicing artist, Briana works in encaustic, printmaking, drawing and photography. She and her husband spend as much time as possible out in the lush Northwest landscape with their son Jasper, and all the rest of their time in the kitchen whipping up feasts drawn from their prolific garden.
Maia McCarthy, Arts Integration Coach, has worked as an actress, writer, teaching artist and teacher trainer. Maia had an “aha” moment as an educator when she realized she tapped the same skills working on a theatrical production that she used when training teachers toward excellent, value-based, culturally relevant teaching practices. Maia believes that all quality arts and educational experiences are borne from challenging and collaborative relationships founded on shared values and playful inquiry. Maia has worked with organizations such as Seattle Children’s Theatre, The French American School of Puget Sound, and Profile Theatre in Portland. Most recently Maia spent 7 years with Growing Seeds Learning Community, the last four as the school’s Director. She received her degree BFA in Acting, with a minor in Literature from NYU. Maia works with Highland and Kelly Creek in the Gresham Barlow School District, Spring Mountain and Sunnyside in the N. Clackamas School District, Minter Bridge and WL Henry in the Hillsboro School District, and Naas in the Oregon Trail School District.
David Meesenburg coordinates Young Audiences’ Run For The Arts program, manages the day-to-day operations of the office, works on social media, and assists with special projects and events. He worked for four years with an event planning company as Office Administrator and has an extensive background in technology support. Originally from the Bay Area, David has called Portland home for two decades. He has travelled to Asia, South and Central America, and Europe. David is an information junkie and voracious reader; he lives in his head.
Young Audiences is the Implementation Partner of The Right Brain Initiative, a regional arts education program. Carin Rosenberg manages the program implementation for the initiative. She brings many years of arts education administration as well as six years of elementary classroom teaching to her work at Young Audiences. She lived for many years in Boston where she administered arts integration programming for arts organizations that brought the arts into the classroom, community centers and youth after-school programs. Carin also taught anti-oppression courses to teachers and teachers-in-training. She received a bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in elementary education and creative arts in learning from Lesley University and a master’s in arts in education from Harvard University.
Emily Stone, Arts Integration Coach, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is situated on the threshold of dance, theater, and visual arts. While she has been a performing artist and educator for nearly 15 years, Emily recently earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art with a focus in experiential education from Goddard College. Professionally, her collaboratively devised projects have been presented by experimental theaters, contemporary art galleries, new dance, video and time-based art festivals, academic conferences and colleges throughout the Northwest. As an experienced arts educator, she has worked with pre-K/12 students in a wide variety of settings — in the classroom, onstage and backstage at numerous children’s theaters, and outdoors in wilderness therapy programs. Most recently, Emily has served as drama specialist for the Opal School at the Children’s Museum. Emily works with Ardenwald, Concord, Happy Valley, Linwood, Milwaukie/El Puente, Scouters Mountain and View Acres in the North Clackamas School District and Oregon Trail Primary Academy in the Oregon Trail School District.
As Programs Director, Allison is responsible for the development of new programming, evaluation of existing programming, teaching artist and classroom teacher professional development, and the Arts for Learning Lessons Program, a supplemental literacy curriculum. Her work involves outreach to schools on the district level as well as coordinating projects and partnerships such as the Investing in Innovation (i3) grant with Beaverton School District. Allison worked for Young Audiences previously as a School Liaison from 2008-2009. A NW native, Allison holds her B.A. in theatre arts and a minor in dance from Central Washington University and is a proud graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio and the Actor’s Movement Conservatory in New York City. When she’s not teaching or promoting the arts, she spends her time playwriting, performing, and rock climbing.
Kristin Walrod, Arts Integration Coach, is a writer and creative writing teacher. She has been working in, and with, schools for the past twelve years. Through Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, she has taught creative writing residencies to students in middle and high schools in Hood River, Sherman, and Wasco Counties in Oregon and Klickitat County in Washington. She strives to find and nurture the kernel of inspiration and passion that motivates students to find their voice and express themselves effectively in writing. She believes strongly that kids should be given multiple opportunities for meaningful exposure to a variety of art forms. Kristin received her MFA in Fiction from Antioch University, LA. Her short stories and personal narratives have appeared in StoryGlossia, Nervy Girl, StringTown, and Columbia Gorge Magazine. She is currently at work on a novel and a collection of poems. Kristin works with Springdale Arts in the Corbett School District; Hayhurst, Markham, Rigler and Woodlawn in Portland Public Schools; and Free Orchards and Lincoln Street in the Hillsboro School District.