CCT: FY17 Arts Learning panelists

The Arts Learning grant program includes a panel review process  engaging four (4) arts professionals with a range of expertise in arts education.   FY2017 Arts Learning panelists: 

Rachna Ramya Agrawal
Performer, choreographer, educator, and a published author Rachna Ramya Agrawal received a Master's degree in dance from the prestigious Pracheen Kala Kendra in India. In addition to her degrees in dance, Rachna also holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, a Master's degree in Hindi Literature from Delhi University and a senior diploma in Classical Indian Vocal Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Rachna has won many awards in dance, including a gold medal from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, in recognition of her Kathak skill. Currently she is on teaching faculty at Trinity College in Hartford and is also the Artistic Director of the Sumbhaav School of Kathak Dance. Rachna is listed in YAC Artist roster and performs and conducts residencies in various schools in CT. Rachna is with the CT Commission on the Culture and Tourism since 1993.

Angelica Durrell, INTAKE Organization, Founder and Executive Director is a violinist, educator, and social entrepreneur who has led a career nurtured by music education and community engagement. After graduating from the University of Connecticut on a full talent-based scholarship, she has attended the American Express Leadership Academy and the NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute. Durrellís recent accolades include an invitation to perform for Pope Francis in 2015. An Ecuadorean born violinist and upon envisioning and founding the INTAKE Organization (Instrumentally Native Taking on the Classics), Angieís experiences of immigrating, struggling to assimilate into a foreign culture and striving to succeed with extremely limited resources are reflected in the faces of the children who attend INTAKEís Native Instrument Academy programs each week. Angie is driven by the vision of promoting western classical music relevance, accessibility, and inclusion through youth development, education and the use of native instruments. The Sphinx Organization sponsors her career development and community impact throughout 2015-16.

Gail Freeman taught in arts-integrated multi-age classrooms in Connecticut public schools for 37 years, most of that time at John Lyman School in Middlefield, a mentoring HOT (Higher Order Thinking) School. She attended the High School of Music and Art in NYC as an art major and has a masterís degree in integrated education from UConn. In her classroom she has taught students calligraphy, drawing, bookbinding, eraser printing, iMovie and model making, which they integrated into their personal project work. A frequent presenter at the HOT Schools Summer Institute and for Hartford Performs, Gail now consults on school improvement and leads workshops for teachers and students. This year she has served as a HOT Schools coach/facilitator for a K-8 school in Norwich and a middle school in Meriden.

Attallah Sheppard is a spoken word poet from New London, CT who believes that spoken word is an artistic responsibility to take the art of self-expression from the page to the stage. Attallah is a proud 2013 graduate of Howard University with a BA degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Attallah fuses her poetry platform with her role as a youth development practitioner, framing creative writing and performance art to build community and bridge the achievement gap. She is a founding member of The Writer's Block Ink, an education arts non-profit organization dedicated to connecting urban youth to the arts. She was the 2007 Connecticut State Champion for the Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition, is a Teaching Artist with the Connecticut Writing Project of Fairfield University and works as an Academic Advisor at Central High School in Bridgeport, CT with the Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership.


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