Our Team

Chris Duerr standing near a shelf holding framed photos and books.Chris Duerr

Manager of Operations

smiling man in purple suitBradley Hill

Creative Learning Coordinator

A portrait of Anqwenique Kinsel in a floral-print dress.Anqwenique Kinsel

Director of Programs

Matt Sikora standing in front of large flowering bushes.Matt Sikora

Director of Evaluation and Planning

Yael Silk standing in a garden full of flowers.Yael Silk

Executive Director

woman in pink shirtKesha Silver

Programs Coordinator

Our Mission

We collaborate with educators to unlock the transformative power of the arts.

Our Vision

We envision a diverse network of educators in Southwestern Pennsylvania that immerses young people—regardless of appearance, ability, income, or ZIP Code—in powerful, personally relevant arts learning that transforms their sense of self, ability to share thoughts and feelings, and capacity to shape communities.

Our Values

Humanity matters.

People need to be cared for before they can do their best work. Everyone we encounter in our work is worthy of being treated with respect and dignity.

The arts are essential.

We sincerely believe in the arts as an indispensable part of the human experience.

Inclusivity strengthens collaboration.

Everyone we work with knows something we don’t—we can learn from one another. Collaboration must be equitable and change-oriented if we are to dismantle harmful structures and build a liberated future. The more we share power, the better the outcome for all.

Continual inquiry propels our work.

We ask questions to further our understanding of what is and to help us figure out what might be.

Change is possible.

We believe the current way of doing things can be improved or reimagined. Our work can make a difference, especially when we are willing to take creative risks.

The National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network

Arts Ed Collaborative is affiliated with the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. Founded in 1952, the mission of Young Audiences Arts for Learning is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Our network is made up of local affiliated nonprofits that collectively impact over 5 million young people each year. The national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network works collaboratively to advance arts in education through advocacy, communications, fundraising, program development, professional learning, and other support. To explore our national network, click the button below!

YA Network Map

Governance

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP) serves as the fiscal sponsor for the Arts Ed Collaborative. CMP’s Board of Trustees is our legal governing body. CMP also provides fiscal oversight. Additionally, Arts Ed Collaborative seeks out other voices for strategic input. Members of the arts ed community review our programs, offer advice, and help guide our work forward.

Arts Ed Collaborative maintains connections at the local, state, and national levels.

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National

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We want to hear from you!

Drop us a line to find out how we can strengthen the arts together.

Let’s Collaborate