Arts Rise & Shine

The Manatee Arts Education Council hosted the first annual Arts Rise & Shine Leadership Breakfast on November 15, 2019 at Feld Entertainment Studios in Palmetto, FL.  The purpose of Arts Rise & Shine is to convene school district and community leaders, arts educators, local arts advocates, and MAEC members to analyze the status of arts education in our community, examine current trends and best practices in arts education, and engage in meaningful conversations regarding the advancement of arts education in our Manatee County.

The Arts Rise & Shine program included outstanding student performances and student visual artwork on display, a State of the Arts delivered by SDMC Arts Curriculum Specialist, Julie Hebert, and an inspiring keynote address on the power of arts education for all students from the 2019 Grammy Music Educator of the Year, Dr. Jeffrey Redding. MAEC was also pleased to present the 2019 MAEC Arts Education Grants to 15 schools.

Following the program, guests were treated to a backstage tour of the incredible Feld Entertainment Studios complex. Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, DreamWorks Trolls The Experience and Jurassic World Live Tour.

Ben Jewell-Plocher
Ben Jewell-Plocher
Arts Rise & Shine Committee Chairman

Viral Trivedi, Tracee Harwood, Julie-Hebert, Kathryn Wald and Tiffany Hoben

Rosa Faison and Kimberlain Zenon-Richardson

Manatee High School Jazz Band

Kim Organek, Megan Johnson, Gina Crowton and Dr. Robyn Bell

Dr. Holbrook and Mary Glass

Asst. Superintendent of Operations, Doug Wagner and Superintendent, Cynthia Saunders

Rise & Shine Choir conducted by Thomas Desmond

Gina Crowton, Dr. Genelle Yost, and Kerrie Carrier

Arts Education Conversations

MAEC Board Chairwoman, Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Redding 2019 Grammy Music Educator of the Year

MAEC, District, and Community Leaders

Arts Alive Committee Vice Chair, Teresa Masterson, and Chair, Samantha Cummins