Jeffry_2.4x2.6CSMA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEFFRY WALKER APPOINTED TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF NATIONAL GUILD OF COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Mountain View, CA — The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts recently named Jeffry Walker to its Board of Trustees. Walker is the Executive Director of the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center , the largest non-profit provider of arts education programs in the region.

The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, located in New York City , is the national service organization for a diverse constituency of 400+ non-profit organizations providing arts education in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the United States . CSMA, which has been a Guild member for close to 40 years, is one of the 10 largest schools of its kind in the nation.

As a trustee, Walker joins 21 directors and senior leaders from Guild schools across the country. Currently, Walker is the only trustee from California . “Serving on the Guild board is an opportunity for me personally and for CSMA as an educational leader to support advocacy and build awareness for the importance of arts education,” said Walker . “Arts education is not only a critical part of a child’s school curriculum, but involvement in the arts is important for people of all ages and throughout a lifetime.”

During his tenure on the Guild Board, Walker will serve on the Arts Education Advocacy Committee. He will also co-host the organizing committee for the next national conference of the National Guild to be held in San Francisco , November 3-6, 2010.

Building on a 30-year career in arts education and performance, Jeffry Walker was appointed CSMA Executive Director in 2007. At CSMA he oversees a $4.3 million non-profit dedicated to providing “arts for all,” regardless of age, level, experience or economic means. Annually, the school reaches more than 40,000 people, including over 6,000 children through its in-school programs.

Walker is very active in arts advocacy on the local, state and national level. In March 2009, he was selected to serve as part of the California delegation at National Arts Advocacy Day presented by American for the Arts on Capital Hill in Washington , D.C. In June 2009, he represented CSMA at the National Conference of Americans for the Arts in Seattle .

Walker currently serves on Leadership Teams for Santa Clara Office of Education’s “Artspiration” Arts Education Initiative and for the San Jose-based 1stACT’s “Creative Kids” initiative. He is the recipient of two Leadership & Organizational Enhancement Scholarships presented by the Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts program. His past experience also includes serving on grant panels of Arts Council Silicon Valley, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Prior to coming to CSMA, Walker served as the Director of the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College in Hartford , CT where in 2005 he received the Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Fellowship, the State of Connecticut ’s highest achievement award for excellence in arts administration. Complementing his administrative responsibilities, Walker also wrote and performed one-man plays, won a playwriting fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, and worked a clean-up stint in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Walker’s other professional experiences include teaching at Bucknell University (PA), West Virginia University and Drew University (NJ) as well as managing Mandell Theater at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has also worked as a stage designer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. His abiding interest has been the medium of the arts in building a more culturally democratic society and more open relations and connections between people. Mr. Walker received an MFA from the School of Theater at Ohio University and a BA in Theater and Art from Slippery Rock State College (PA).

The Community School of Music and Arts ( CSMA ) was founded in 1968. At its Finn Center campus in Mountain View , programs include: music, art and new media classes and camps; private lessons; free concerts, lectures and exhibitions; and community outreach events. In the community, CSMA provides art and music education programs at more than 25 schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties . In keeping with its mission to make the arts accessible to all, the school’s Financial Aid Program awards over $250,000 annually in tuition aid and program subsidies to youth and low-income families. CSMA is located at Finn Center , 230 San Antonio Circle , Mountain View . For information about the school, its programs, people and events, call CSMA at 650-917-6800 or see www.arts4all.org. For information about the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, see www.nationalguild.org.

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