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Arkansas Arts Academy CEO Announcement
Arkansas Arts Academy CEO Announcement
Nate Fries
Monday, July 19, 2021

The Arkansas Arts Academy Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Allison Roberts to Interim Chief Executive Officer for the district. Dr. Roberts will serve in this capacity at an important time for AAA and we are very excited to welcome her to the team while we continue to perform a national search for a permanent leader.

Dr. Allison Roberts, a native of Arkansas, has over 35 years experience as a visual artist, K-college art educator, district visual and performing arts coordinator, arts consultant, national professional development facilitator, published author, school administrator, accreditation evaluator and education policy advisor.  She attended John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana with a painting emphasis, obtained a B. A. in Fine Arts and M.A in Arts Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a K-12 art education certification from the University of Central Arkansas, a K-12 administrative credential from Sacramento County Leadership Institute and a Doctorate from the University of Colorado at Denver, in Leadership for Educational Equity. Through her work in four states, Dr. Roberts has a wide range of experiences with school and community collaboration, grant writing, district visual and performing arts facilitation, strategic planning, arts festival coordination, non-profit partnerships, creating multi-tiered assessments for arts integration, data analysis and instructional leadership. In a collaboration with the Sacramento County Office of Education, she published art curriculum extensions for grades 2-6 and trained classroom teachers throughout Northern California on Integrated Literacy. Dr. Roberts has worked as a trainer for The California Arts Project, the Sierra North Arts Project and an arts evaluator for International Baccalaureate.

Most recently Dr. Roberts was the Senior Education Advisor for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson managing the portfolio of public and private K-12 and higher education. 

Dr. Roberts is married to Dr. Mark Roberts and they have two daughters, Alexandria (23) and Avery (14).

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Roberts to her new role and to the district!

Nate Fries – Secretary/Treasurer - Arkansas Arts Academy Board of Directors