In the spring of 2017 Michael was honored with a Golden Apple Moments Award for his work in arts education. Governor Christine Gregoire honored him with the Governor’s Arts and Heritage Award in 2007. The Mountain Region from the Washington Music Educators Association recognized him with the Friends of Music Award in 2006 and 2010. Michael received his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1975, and his Masters in Educational Administration from Central Washington University in 1992.
As Associate Artistic Director for the Northwest Asian American Theatre, he initiated an award-winning Youth Outreach and Education Program; conducted theatre residencies in local high schools and communities; and developed their capital campaign. As Exhibit Developer/Manager for the Wing Luke Asian Museum, he developed award winning exhibits, spearheaded outreach initiatives and led YouthCAN, a leadership program for Asian-Pacific-American youth.
From 2003 to 2008, Manuel served on staff at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, initially in artistic programming and then as Managing Director, overseeing all administrative and programmatic activities. He has served two terms on the Seattle Center Advisory Commission, was a member of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Advisory Committee and served as President for the Washington State Arts Alliance Foundation.
An accomplished musician, Nate has performed, taught and studied a huge array of musical styles including opera, pop, rock and rap. He also has a strong technology bent, especially in the arena of technology aimed at creativity, music education and music production.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Clark received her BA in music education from Morris Brown College and received her MA in music with a specialization in vocal performance from Middle Tennessee State University. She obtained her teacher licensure from Belmont University for the states of Tennessee and Georgia for K-12 vocal/general music education.
Prior career highlights include earning The Orff-Schulwerk Level I & II Certification to teach children music; serving as a tenured chorus member of the Nashville Opera; performing in several operas including Aida, Turandot, Tosca, La Boheme, and Die Fledermaus; a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Siena, Italy’s Sessione Sense per la Musica; and concerts and solo performances held in: Siena, Rome, Lucerne, Calcio, Firenze, Venezia, Assisi, Pisa, and Svizzera.
Ms. Clark recently made her solo debut in the film PORTRAITS-The First Black American Divas of Song and Opera, as Elizabeth Taylor-Greenfield.
A digital professional with a passion for gender equality in tech, she has been able to impact change by founding GCON, a gaming community and annual convention for women players and developers in Saudi Arabia, born out of the need for representation on both the consumer side and the industry level. Her experiences have taught her to navigate cultural and logistical challenges – from fundraising and changing misconceptions about gaming to fighting off sandstorms, she never has a dull moment.
Today she finds herself even more motivated to turn her skills to social impact. Because the stories we tell ourselves matter, she wants to tell better stories about the future to come. Her goal is to promote consumption choices that are driven by more than convenience and self-interest and solve real-world problems at scale.
She was the Owner and Director of Thrive Art LLC in Seattle, Washington, where she utilized her skills in personnel management to provide service to over 500 customers and to lead a team of close-knit employees. She currently holds a seat on the Board of Advisors for the Washington Art Education Association, a non-profit that promotes visual art education. In 2019, she won the Distinguished Service award from the Washington Art Education Association.
Olga has a strong passion for art, and her training is in an eclectic mix of academic Russian drawing school and quick free-hand sketching techniques, which she uses to supplement her volunteer work as a Teaching Artist. Sketching is her favorite art form, and she mostly uses a fountain pen and watercolor wash.
Adjunct Professor, Whitworth University