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Kelsey Smith

Programs Director

Kelsey Smith currently serves as Programs Director, overseeing the Teaching Artist Program and the development of new mission-aligned initiatives and programming within YMF. 

Before her current role, Ms. Smith taught for four years as a credentialed music educator at a progressive arts integrated school, creating curriculum, designing and leading programming, and developing opportunities for her students to engage in civic awareness and action through the arts. A passionate arts administrator and educator, she is an advocate for the universal inclusion of arts in all student’s school experiences, and continually develops and promotes opportunities to further this mission. She has presented at a number of conferences and institutions including CASMEC, CMEA, USC, and UCLA among others, on topics ranging from culturally responsive teaching practices in music to integrating technology in the classroom and music curriculum. Ms. Smith received her B.A and teaching credential from UCLA, majoring in music education and minoring in applied developmental psychology.

She continues her pursuit of lifelong learning as a participant in the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Leadership and Management Certificate program, and is a 2020 ACTIVATE Arts Delegate Fellow.