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Alysia Lee is the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education. Alysia has received national recognition for her work in furthering equity and access in arts education. Lee has designed and implemented K-12 arts education and professional development programs throughout east coast. She also has experience in strategic project management, engaging communities with participation barriers, donor cultivation, and building strong community partnerships. As an educator, artist and arts advocate-Alysia has a broad perspective of the arts education ecosystem. As an elementaryschool music teacher, Alysia led successful arts-based family engagement initiatives. While serving as executive director of Sister Cities Girlchoir, Lee provided strategic oversight of the program growth from the 20-participant pilot to 400+ membership. Recent speaking/teaching engagements include Chorus America, Americans for the arts, TEDX, and Maryland Centers for Creative Classrooms. A Baltimore native, Lee is an alumna of Maryland schools, including George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology. She received a bachelor degree from University of North Carolina School for the Arts and a graduate degree from Peabody Conservatory. In 2011, Lee was selected from an international pool of applicants to the third cohort of the Sistema Felloship at New England Conservatory in partnership with TED. Alysia has also completed Executive Education programs at Hardvard University and La Salle University. A classically trained mezzo-soprano, Lee is a versatile performer of who is equally at home on the operatic ande concert stage. She holds performance credits ranging from Handel to Schoeberg. Recent recognitions include The Knight Foundation, National Association of University Women and Geraldine R.Dodge Foundation.
Emily Elder Cory is the new Fine Arts Project Consultant for the Maryland State Department of Education. Emily studied acting performance at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and works as an actor, director and fight choreographer in the DC/Baltimore area. Through her love of performance, she has discovered a passion for education. Emily worked as a teaching artist and theatre coach with Educational Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, Broadneck High School and more before starting with The Performing and Visual Arts Magnet program (PVA) of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. There she worked as a Teaching Artist and a Project Manager. Her time with The PVA developed her love of arts education projects that have impact both locally and globally.