For Immediate Release
September 4, 2013
Contact: Megan Watson
Arts for Learning
Phone (317) 925-4043×120
Arts for Learning Celebrates Cheryl Strain:
Volunteer, Advocate, and Friend
Above: Cheryl Strain, former member of the Arts for Learning Board of Directors, gives a speech at her reception. A fund set up in her honor has raised more than $28,000 for professional development of Arts for Learning staff and board members.
Indianapolis – August 5, 2014 … As a nonprofit organization, Arts for Learning relies heavily on our Board of Directors for their time, talent, and treasure. After more than 30 years of service, we are sad to share that Cheryl Strain retired from the Board of Directors of Arts for Learning in June.
Over the years, Cheryl has dedicated countless hours to ensuring our success, serving terms as chair of nearly every committee and Board Chair. In addition to tirelessly working in support of the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences, she has also served on the national Young Audiences Board of Directors, on several national sub-committees, and was even a recipient of the National Board Member of the Year Award.
Cheryl strongly believes in the need for our board members to not only have a strong understanding of our work locally, but also the work of our national network of more than 30 affiliates across the country.
“We believe that one of the greatest values of a national network is the ability to connect with peers and share best practices… No one understands this better than Cheryl Strain. She has been a tireless supporter of the value of peer sharing and learning through Conference participation.” – David Dik, National Executive Director, Young Audiences
Upon Cheryl’s retirement from the board, Arts for Learning created a fund to continue her efforts in sending board members to national professional development conferences. These conferences will empower our board members to be effective leaders in the Indianapolis community. To date, the fund has raised more than $28,000 with 76 gifts.
The mission of Arts for Learning is to provide quality arts in education programs to Indiana students – no matter where their classroom may be. During the 2013-2014 school year, Arts for Learning served 60,186 Indiana students with educational programs ranging from photography to video game design to calligraphy. Arts for Learning professional teaching artists reached out to students in classrooms at schools, community centers, parks, hospitals, and juvenile detention centers.