It would be rather challenging to dance the tango alone. Some activities require a partner to exist and to thrive. But, what if you work in an area that needs close partnerships to succeed, to shift things for the better, and they are not there?
Kristen knows the importance of not doing it alone in the world of education, and in particular in the arts — and knows firsthand how partners dancing together can transform learning as we know it.
Dr. Kristen Paglia is the CEO of P.S. ARTS, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving children’s lives by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. In addition to overseeing the quality, content, and evaluation of P.S. ARTS’ education programs, Dr. Paglia has led the organization through two strategic planning processes and works to keep educational equity and excellence for all children at the center of P.S. ARTS’ mission. Dr. Paglia is an active member of the state and national discourse around public education reform and has a seat at the table in numerous policy, advocacy, and planning groups, including the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Arts for All Community Arts Team in multiple school districts and the CA Alliance for Arts Education Policy Council. Dr. Paglia holds Masters’ Degrees in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA and Arts Education from Harvard University as well as a Doctorate from Harvard in cognitive psychology.