The traditional arts grant review panelists were: Robert Garfias, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine; independent curator Theresa Harlan; and David Roche, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Arts Education, Chicago Public Schools.
David Roche is a musician, writer, and ethnomusicologist.
As Executive Director of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Roche leads the largest independent community arts school in the country with over 6,000 students taking lessons on a weekly basis.
Currently a member of the Chicago Board of Governors for NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences—the "Grammys"), Roche is also the former Artistic Director for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, director for folk and traditional arts programming at Oakland's Festival at the Lake, director of community programming for the Center for World Music, radio program producer for KPFA—FM ("World Musicmobile"), co-founder of ACTA, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, adjunct professor of music at Sonoma State University and the University of California, Berkeley, and culture critic for Pacific News Service's New California Media Online.Roche has been a frequent consultant and panelist for state arts councils, private foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
"If arts education suffers as a low priority in your school district right now, then this guidebook offers hope," added David Roche, PhD, Director of the Office of Arts Education of Chicago Public Schools.
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