This virtual meeting featured presentations from District, local and state professionals to present on how cultural organizations can support students and educators during such an unprecedented time.
Samika Satterthwaite – K-12 Arts Administrator for the School District of Palm Beach County
Tracy Butler – Director of Education for the Kravis Center
Leiland Theriot – Executive Director for FAAE (Florida Alliance for Arts Education)
Jenice “Hillary” Crawford – DCA Arts in Education Specialist (manages grant programs that are closely aligned with Arts in Education including the categories of: Local Arts Agencies, State Service Orgs, and Underserved Cultural Community Development)
About the Presenters:
Samika A. Satterthwaite is a jazz musician who is currently the K-12 Arts Education Program Planner/Administrator for the 10th largest school district in the nation. Serving a diverse and thriving school district, Satterthwaite supports arts educators in the areas of visual arts, theatre/drama, dance, and music. Previously, Satterthwaite served as an arts integration grant specialist for the School District of Palm Beach County. She managed a U.S. Department of Education, Arts in Education grant that supported integrating the arts into literacy and math in select Title I schools. Satterthwaite creates and develops integrated curricula and advocates for student centered learning. Satterthwaite has presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Annual Partners Meeting, the National Art Education Association National Convention, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education Annual Summit, and at multiple local professional development institutes and conferences. Satterthwaite began her career in education as a music educator and holds a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in K-12 Reading, K-12 ESOL, K-12 Music, and Educational Leadership – all levels. Satterthwaite understands the positive impact that the arts can have on a student’s life, and as a result, she is passionate about her work, and advocates for equity and access in the arts. Satterthwaite holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami in jazz studies and music business and entertainment industries with a minor in marketing. Satterthwaite also holds a Masters of Education in educational leadership from Lynn University.
Tracy Butler has served as Director of Education for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts since 2004 and has overseen the development of its’ comprehensive arts education program. Kravis Center education initiatives serve nearly 100,000 children and adults in our community each year.
Ms. Butler joined the Kravis Center staff as Education Associate-Production Coordinator in 1999 after moving from South Carolina where she was Arts Education and Promotions Coordinator for the Horry (Myrtle Beach) Cultural Arts Council. She began her career as Marketing Assistant at the Royal National Theatre in London and thereafter with Richard Frankel Productions in New York City, where she planned promotional projects for Driving Miss Daisy, Love Letters, Song of Singapore and Penn & Teller. From there she moved to Syracuse Stage as House Manager and later as Assistant Business Manager.
Upon her return to New York City, she joined Walt Disney Theatrical Productions as Assistant Company Manager and then Travel Coordinator for all Beauty and the Beast companies. She was involved in the renovation of the New Amsterdam Theater and the subsequent World Premier of The Lion King there. Her close working relationship with the prestigious Serino Coyne Advertising Agency resulted in their luring her away as Assistant Account Executive for Whistle Down the Wind, Sunset Boulevard (Broadway and National Tour) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Company and (coming full circle) Smokey Joe’s Cafe for Richard Frankel Productions.
Ms. Butler graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA degree in Theater Arts Management and a minor in Marketing and Public Relations from Ithaca College. She lives in Jupiter with her husband, Don, and son, Casey.
Leiland Theriot is the Executive Director for the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. She has 40 years of experience in arts education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has taught thousands of students as a youth minister, liturgical musician, general music teacher, chorus director, orchestra conductor, class keyboards and guitar. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education (cum laude) from Florida State University, a Masters in Counselor Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from University of South Florida. She currently works with arts educators in all school settings (public, charter, private, home) as well as arts educational specialist and teaching artists in communities across Florida. As the Executive Director of the FAAE, she works with four main arts disciplines: dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. She is married to Chris, is the mother of three children, and Nonni of four grandchildren. She mostly resides in Sarasota, but travels frequently for work.
Hillary Crawford is the Arts Education Specialist and Local Arts Agency Coordinator with the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Formerly the Curator at Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum and the Center for Craft. Hillary believes passionately in the ability of the arts to transform individuals and to build strong and healthy communities. Hillary holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University. Hillary is a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee, working to support basic needs of children and families in Leon County.