Felicia Shaw Joins Young Audiences of San Diego as Interim Executive Director

Young Audiences Arts for Learning would like to extend a warm welcome to Felicia Shaw, Interim Executive Director of Young Audiences of San Diego. Young Audiences of San Diego (YASD) announced the appointment of Shaw earlier this month and she will be leading the Board of Directors forward as they script a fresh and exciting vision for the organization's future.
Tara Graviss, president of the YASD board, said that she and her fellow board members are thrilled to have a person with Ms. Shaw’s qualifications join the organization at this exciting time in their organization’s development.
“YASD has a long and distinguished history as a premier provider of arts-ineducation programs and services, and also as an important employer of teaching artists. Even in a temporary capacity, Ms. Shaw’s leadership and track record of achievement in the arts will open up new avenues for collaboration and partnership that we need to grow,” said Graviss.
Ms. Shaw joins YASD from The San Diego Foundation where she directed the organization’s arts and culture program during her nearly eight-year tenure. Prior to joining The Foundation, she served as Program Manager with the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture for 17 years. A seasoned arts administrator, Ms. Shaw is known for her development of programs that address the needs of local artists and under-served communities, including Creative Catalyst, a fellowship and nonprofit partnership program for individual artists; Arts Empower San Diego, a collective impact initiative focused on increasing learning through the arts; and, the Gathering Place Project, which transforms blighted urban spaces into safe and inviting places for community life.
Ms. Shaw’s leadership extended beyond the arts as evidenced by her contributions to the launch of the Center for Civic Engagement at The Foundation and her oversight of the Balboa Park Trust. She serves on the executive committee of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition and on several local and national boards including Grantmakers in the Arts and the San Diego Tourism Authority. She is frequently recognized for her outstanding work in the nonprofit sector, as evidenced by her acceptance into the Amherst Wilder Foundation Shannon Leadership Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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