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Speaker | Darrell Ayers
New York 2014 ISPA Congress

New York 2014

Darrell Ayers, speaker (Session 6  | Re-Thinking Creative Partnerships) at the New York 2014 ISPA Congress, January 14-16, 2014, Imagining a New Economy for the Arts. View the full Schedule of Events.

Darrell AyersDarrell Ayers | Speaker
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Vice President for Education and Jazz

Darrell Ayers is Vice President for Education and Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the nation’s performing arts center. Since 2004, he has been responsible for the overall planning, management, and supervision of the Center’s Education Division which includes educational programs of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and the Washington National Opera as well as its affiliate VSA (the international arts and disability organization).  The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and Jazz programming areas are also under his responsibility. The budgets under Ayers' supervision total more than $15 million with 49 full-time staff.  Ayers has served as a board member and grant panelist for a number of community-based arts organizations and arts councils.  He has worked professionally as a teacher, choral conductor, singer, dancer, and actor and he has toured nationally and internationally as a performer and stage manager. He attributes his success to his teachers Dr. Robert Brewster and Dr. Lee Kjelson at the University of Miami in Florida, Professor Alex Chrestopoulos at Georgia Southern University and his 4th grade music teacher Mrs. Hottel at Kenwood Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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