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Howard Spector


HOWARD D. SPECTOR

1030 Stratford Ave. South Pasadena, California 91030 howarddspector@gmail.com 310-741-7650

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

SKYEWORK CONSULTING, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA 2002 - present Principal

Major responsibilities: Independent consultant, working with non-profit organizations on program development and assessment, planning, and arts education, and with artists on exhibitions and projects. Selected assignments: curated an exhibition of a photojournalist who has documented the effects of war and civil conflict on women, which opened in 2012 at the Museum of Tolerance in LA and traveled to Berlin and Southern France; developed a national conference on the arts and at-risk youth for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; advised the Association of Drug Court Professionals on the efficacy of arts programs for at-risk youth; worked with the Association for Theater in Higher Education on advocacy issues and theater education; partnered with the REDA Group, a minority women-owned research and data analysis company on arts education projects; strategic planning, program assessment, and partnership building for the Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture; coordinated an international artist exchange program between the U.S. and Mexico for the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

SOUTH PASADENA ARTS COUNCIL (SPARC), South Pasadena, CA 2010-present Director

Major responsibilities: Coordinate fundraising, events, programs and partnerships with the community. Manage the organizationís finances and budget, lead the SPARC Steering Committee, develop a membership campaign, write grant proposals, act as liaison to the Pasadena Arts Council, our fiscal sponsor, work closely with the Chamber of Commerce and the South Pasadena Unified School District to advocate for art and art education in the schools and the community, and negotiate with real estate developers for temporary space to house art exhibitions and performance events (music, theatre, dance, literary arts).

P.S. ARTS, Los Angeles, CA 2008-2010 Executive Director

Major responsibilities: managing the organizationís finances, fundraising, grants, accounting, budget management and staff supervision; act as the staff liaison to the Board of Directors and Board Committees; represent the organization at local, state and national advocacy meetings; work with corporate, foundation and individual contributors to support programs and operations; lead a strategic planning initiative (with consultants) to articulate a new mission, values and strategy for the organizationís future direction; meet with community stakeholders around arts education issues; work with program team to develop relationships with school district administrators, principals, and classroom teachers and provide opportunities for staff teaching artists to be effective educators in the classroom; work with marketing team to launch revamped website and social media technologies to better communicate with stakeholders; primary responsibility for preparing and monitoring of annual budget and cash flow throughout the year.

ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Silver Spring, MD 2004 - 2008

Director of Arts Education

Major responsibilities: coordinated partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to provide cultural programs after school as part of a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program in ten Title I Elementary Schools; coordinated an after school arts program with five social service agencies and five arts organizations and the Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families of Montgomery County; developed the Teaching Artist Training Institute, which provides professional development opportunities for artists in arts integration, connected to the Voluntary State Curriculum and provided follow-up artist residencies in the schools.

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS, Washington, D.C. 1999 - 2002 Vice President, Education

Major responsibilities: developed national partnerships with arts and non-arts organizations to advocate for an increase in arts education at the local level; developed relationships with the private sector to strengthen support for arts education; worked with media partners to influence and positively change Americaís public attitudes in support of arts education; and worked to increase the number of decision makers in the education, private and public sectors that support policy and funding for arts education as part of core curriculum.

CITY OF MANHATTAN BEACH, CA 1990 - 1999 Cultural Arts Manager

Major responsibilities included establishing an identity for the Cultural Arts Program, shaping its philosophy and growth, and acting as liaison between the City, Cultural Arts Commission, artists and the community in realizing cultural projects, such as visual art exhibitions, temporary and permanent art in public places projects, an annual Arts Festival, arts education projects in the community and schools, capital improvement projects involving artists, art programs on local cable, lectures, jazz and classical music performances, an outdoor summer concert series, dance performances, and theater productions. Other responsibilities included fundraising, budget development and management, and staff supervision.

LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIES 1983- 1988 Executive Director

Major responsibilities included developing the philosophy and growth of the organization; implementing an ongoing program of local, national, and international exhibitions, workshops and interdisciplinary lectures on photography; developing and producing Framework, a critical journal of writing in the field; coordinating a national video program. Other responsibilities included managing the Center's finances, fundraising, grants, accounting, membership development, budget management and staff supervision.

THE LIGHT FACTORY, INC., Charlotte, NC 1978 - 1983 Executive Director

Major responsibilities included managing the overall organization, curating an ongoing regional, national, and international exhibition program; coordinating a visiting artist interdisciplinary lecture program; developing an extensive education program of classes, workshops and seminars (technical and aesthetic), including video; coordinating local and regional image-making projects; managing the organizationís finances, substantially increasing the budget and membership; fundraising and staff supervision.

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

In addition to these positions, I have been a consultant to several organizations and cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina, California, and Maryland Arts Councils, the Getty Research Institute, and the City of Los Angeles, where I contributed to the development of the Cityís Cultural Master Plan, and developed a national conference, ďART MattersĒ, on the arts and its role in education, juvenile justice and community.

I have served as a grant panelist and juror for local and national arts organizations, such as the Southern Arts Federation, U.S. Department of Education, The National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, the California Arts Council, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, among many others. I have run grant panels for Americans for the Arts in support of a national program for at-risk youth.

I have taught at a few colleges and universities, including Pratt Institute, New York, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, and Watford College, England and presented at national and regional conferences, such as the Arts Education Partnership, Rutgers University, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the California Arts Council and the League of California Cities.

I obtained a Master of Fine Arts Degree in photography and visual studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, continue to be a professional visual artist. I have exhibited both nationally and internationally and my work is included in numerous public and private collections. My first book of digital images, Dialog Box, a collaboration with poet Jay Brecker, was published in 2012.