Arts For the Schools | New executive director to lead arts nonprofit
Ryan Summerlin June 16, 2014
Arts For the Schools has hired Eve McEneaney as its new executive director.
McEneaney comes to Arts For the Schools with extensive business management and nonprofit experience. She most recently operated a nonprofit consulting business EMC Strategic Development and was the Chief Marketing and Development Officer at HAWC Community Health Centers.
McEneaney holds a Masters of Arts in Anthropology. Before working in nonprofits she was a researcher at the University of Toronto.
She brings to Arts For the Schools 13 years of fundraising experience with expertise in grants, corporate and foundation gifts, major gifts, direct mail, online giving and planned gifts.
“Arts For the Schools is an amazing organization and I’m thrilled to be selected by the Board,” said McEneaney. “This is a great board. They are dedicated, engaged and caring — you couldn’t ask for a better team.”
Eve has worked with Arts For the Schools since August 2013 and has a strong connection to the mission and vision.
“We all have those threads we can trace — points in time that mark what we started and what we left behind,” said Eve. “Art is one of my longest threads connecting all the stages of my life.”
McEneaney danced as a child, became a modern dance major at University of Utah, played piano and bass guitar, started a poetry slam where she worked earning her way through college, is writing her first novel (and still trying) and learned to paint because she was inspired by a dear friend.
“Art has always been a huge part of my life — never as a profession — but now I get to be part of a team that ensures thousands of regional students have access to art education,” Eve said.
McEneaney thinks it is an exciting time to be part of Arts For the Schools.
“The work Arts For the Schools is doing is so much more than taking an afternoon art class. We are fulfilling curriculum required by the California Department of Education for students,” she stated. “But we know we can do more. As we recently completed a new strategic plan, we discussed questions such as: How can we have a bigger impact on our children’s education? How can we support local schools to meet the demands of the Common Core? What audiences are we not reaching and why not? Could we better reach geographic communities in our service area? Low-income families? Young people? What do we need to change as an organization to reach these audiences?” McEneaney asks.
According to the new executive director, these are some of the questions that will drive AFTS in the next three years.
“I know there is a tremendous amount of work to be done to accomplish our goals, but I am just so excited about the future — about the prospect of what we can achieve for our children and community,” McEneaney stated.
Arts For the Schools is a bi-state nonprofit that provides art education to 16 schools in Placer and Nevada counties in California and Washoe County, Nev.
AFTS’s vision is for art education to be part of every child’s life and for the value of art education to be embraced as an important learning experience within schools and community.
For more information on programs visit www.artsfortheschools.org.
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