Laura Rawlings, executive director of The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, will serve as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts Washington, D.C.
Rawlings will serve on the Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth panel in December along with representatives from local arts agencies across the country. This year, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded more than $8 million in grants to advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings.
In 2009, Jefferson Center received a grant from the NEA for Sisters of the Circle. “I worked for the National Endowment for the Arts for five years as an Art Learning Specialist and am honored to serve in this capacity,” says Rawlings.
“In addition to reviewing grant applications and making recommendations to NEA program staff, I will also learn about trends in local arts agencies as they relate to arts education.”