Jonathan Herman, Executive Director of the National Guild, with CCM Assistant Dean Amy Dennison.

Jonathan Herman, Executive Director of the National Guild, with CCM Assistant Dean Amy Dennison.

We are delighted to report that Amy Dennison, Assistant Dean and Director of CCM’s Preparatory Department, has received the 2013 Milestone Certificate of Appreciation from the National Guild for Community Arts Education for her long-standing, exceptional service to the field! Dennison is one of seven community arts education leaders to receive this honor.

The goal of the Milestone program—now in its second year— is to recognize executive directors or divisional directors at Guild member organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting and advancing community arts education for more than 20 years. Certificates were presented at the Guild’s Annual Meeting at the Conference for Community Arts Education in Chicago last Friday, Nov. 1.

“The National Guild is thrilled to recognize these exceptional leaders for their vision and dedication to community arts education,” said Jonathan Herman, executive director of the National Guild. “Through their decades-long work with communities and their service to the field, this year’s Milestone recipients have each made a powerful contribution to increasing access to arts education for all.”

Nominations for the Milestone Certificate of Appreciation are accepted year-round. Nominees must be executive directors or divisional directors of Guild member organizations to be eligible. Letters of nomination should identify the nominee’s long-term (20+ years) commitment to supporting and advancing community arts education, highlighting relevant activities and leadership positions throughout the nominee’s career. The nominee’s current bio must be included with the nomination letter. Resumes are encouraged if applicable. Nominations should be emailed to National Guild member engagement coordinator at arianaschrier@nationalguild.org.

About the National Guild for Community Arts Education
The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. The guild fosters the creation and development of community arts education organizations and programs by providing research and information resources, professional development and networking opportunities, advocacy, funding and high-profile leadership. Their more than 450 members, located in 45 states, include community schools of the arts; arts centers; and arts education divisions of performing arts institutions, universities, museums and other organizations. Collectively, Guild members serve more than 1.2 million students, employ 16,000 teaching artists, and reach an additional six million Americans each year through performances and exhibitions in rural, suburban and urban communities across the nation. In addition to providing classes and lessons within their own facilities, most members also collaborate with senior centers, hospitals, public schools, and other agencies to increase communities’ access to arts education. Learn more by visiting www.nationalguild.org.

About the Preparatory Department of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music 
CCM Prep offers classes, lessons and performing opportunities for students of all ages and abilities in music, theatre and dance. More than 2,000 students participate in programs, classes and summer arts camps. To receive a program brochure or additional information, please contact CCM Prep at 513-556-2595 or ccmprep@uc.edu, or visit ccm.uc.edu/prep.

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