KID smART engages children in dynamic, creative and rigorous learning through the arts.
Ann DeLorenzo, Development Director, has worked in non-profit fundraising in New Orleans since 2010. Prior to joining KID smART, she was the Foundation Relations Officer for Dillard University and the Capital Campaign Officer for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, where she worked on the $7 million capital campaign for the Jazz & Heritage Center on Rampart Street. Prior to moving to New Orleans, Ann lived in Washington, DC, and worked in communications for the University of Maryland. Ann has bachelor’s degrees in English and Creative Writing from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in English from the University of Maryland.
Arts Integration Instructional Coach
Aminisha Ferdinand, Arts Integration Instructional Coach, performed in theater and film for ten years before entering the field of arts education. Following her work with KID smART as an artist-in-residence, she joined the team as an Arts Coach in 2009, most recently leading the Model Schools and Teacher | Leader Projects. She coaches teachers on integrating arts into their classrooms to fully engage children in learning, leads professional development workshops for educators and teaches a multi-disciplinary arts integrated residency at McDonogh City Park Academy. Previously, she taught drama in schools and community-based programs in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans, and Gulu, Uganda and studied briefly at the Center for the Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro. Aminisha studied dance in New Orleans and Miami, and received her BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Miami. She has an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU.
Elise Gallinot Goldman
Elise Gallinot Goldman, Program Director, coordinated development of The KID smART Model, a comprehensive multi-faceted arts integration program designed around direct instruction in classrooms and professional development for classroom teachers and teaching artists. She is on faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom and Arts and Passion Driven Learning institutes and has researched and trained in best practices through national models. Elise received her certification training in Montessori education and taught for four years before focusing on arts administration. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in Athens and her Masters Degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans.
Zeb Hollins, III
Zeb Hollins III studied Speech/Theatre at Southern University and worked and studied with New York University’s Creative Arts Team as a Master Actor/Teacher for six years. While in New York, he performed in numerous productions at The Billie Holiday Theatre, The Negro Ensemble Company, and Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre. He conducted violence prevention and arts in education workshops in NYC public schools with The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and The Leadership Program Inc. He has worked with several New Orleans arts organizations including The NOLA Project, Southern Rep, and Goat in the Road Productions.
Mari Jarreau, Program Assistant, is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Prior to joining KID smART, she worked in Visitor Services at the New Orleans Museum of Art, as a visual art instructor at the Treme Center, and as the assistant photography instructor for the Country Day Creative Arts Program. Mari has also served as a representative on the Arts Council New Orleans’ Community Arts Grants committee for the past two years. As a native of New Orleans, Mari enjoys participating in the city’s cultural and art-based activities.
Program & Communications Coordinator
Cheryl Manley, Program & Communications Coordinator, manages KID smART’s PR and marketing efforts while providing support to the programming team. Cheryl worked as a marketing and digital media consultant for several local organizations including the New Orleans Swing Dance Festival, Elephant Quilt Productions, and Vintage 329. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Communication Studies and Video Production from Loyola University Chicago.
Echo Olander, Executive Director, has directed the vision and mission of KID smART and manages the day-to-day work of the agency since its inception. Echo served as thought partner and the lead staff for a city-wide planning process for arts education, Any Given Child, which will be launching programming in 2015-16. Previous employers include the New York State Council on the Arts, the Arts Council of New Orleans, and contractually for Mississippi Arts Commission/Whole Schools Program, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She was named to the Louisiana team for the NEA Education Leadership Institute, has coordinated the review of Louisiana Curriculum guides for the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and coordinated Imagination, Creativity and Innovation, a statewide program on arts integration in Louisiana for four years. She has served as a panelist for the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission and Arts Council of New Orleans has presented workshops in a number of locations nationally. Echo has a BA in English from Newcomb College/Tulane University.
Jennifer Potts, Arts Coach, is a photographer and art educator who has been teaching for the past eleven years. Jenn encourages all of her students to experiment and explore art as a way to communicate ideas. For the past 3 years, Jenn taught art and photography at the International School of Louisiana. Prior to that, she taught at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and with numerous non-profits and community groups. She holds a BA from Tulane University and MA from Tufts University and the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston.
Adonis White–Price, Accounting Specialist, is a New Orleans native with years of experience working with companies in the development and establishment of their financial operations. After working in corporate business, she began working in the nonprofit sector as the Business Operations Manager for Birthing Project USA. Her experience in business development has led her to becoming an entrepreneur as the owner of Cre8NOLA Consulting which focuses on technical assistance, structuring and facilitating new businesses. She also works closely with Holy Trinity Outreach Ministry serving as the Director of the “I AM” Women’s Ministry which focuses on the empowerment of women through spiritual enhancement. Adonis is currently working to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and perusing a degree in Theological Studies.