Portrait of an Arts Advocate: Jacquelyn S. Quay

JQuayJacquelyn S. Quay, EdD.
Director of Arts Education, Greenacres Foundation, Greenacres Arts Center
OAAE Board President Elect


Q: How did you participate in the arts as a child? 

A: As a child I sang in choruses, choirs, in the car with my family and on my own.  I acted in musicals and drama/comedies/operas throughout childhood and beyond.

Q: Describe your favorite “a-ha moment” in arts education.

A: My favorite “a-ha moment” came when I realized while teaching junior high music that I loved teaching music more than I loved performing.  If I could influence children to enjoy music then I could start to build the next generation of advocates for music and music education.

Q: How do you practice creativity in your own life and / or what inspires you?

A: I have moved from instruction to curriculum development and supervision of instruction.  I am inspired by my team mates to be more creative when we are designing content activities for the children who come on field trips to the arts center.  As a team we do not lack in coming up with creative ideas.  The conversations are generative, engaging and extremely creative.

Q: Name one puzzle, or problem, you are working on in the field right now.

A: One puzzle I am working on right now is how to get educators to think about evaluation systems that include assessments that are aligned to fine arts content standards.

Q: Name an arts educator who impacted you and how they influenced your younger days.

A: The arts educator who impacted me in my younger days was Dr. Richard (Dick) Shoup, one of the founders of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.  He mentored me as my school district was developing a graded course of study for music education K-12, something with which I was unfamiliar and grew to love because of him.  I never thought curriculum development would be my thing but it became it!

Q: What can the average person do to advocate for more and / or stronger arts education in local schools?

A: Support the arts and arts education at the local level by being proactive and starting the dialogue with school board members, administrators, teachers and other parents about the value of the arts in your child’s life and in the community.  Be informed about the issues in the arts and arts education in your state.  If you wait for the vote whether or not your child will have a high quality arts education, it may be too late.  Go to the performances and art shows at your school.  Encourage your children to participate in the arts in and out of school. Take your child to the arts.  Remember that the arts are part of a well-rounded education as described in federal legislation (ESSA).

Portrait of an Arts Advocate is a monthly feature profiling an OAAE member active in advocating for arts education in Ohio.  If you’d like to submit your information, or to learn more about this feature, send an email to akruse@oaae.net.


About OAAE

It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. We believe that: * All children in school must have quality arts education provided by licensed arts educators * All Ohioans have the right to expect quality arts education * All arts programs must have adequate resources * All arts and cultural organizations and artists have a critical role in arts education Learn more at www.oaae.net.
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