Director of Community and Learning – Houston Grand Opera
Rebecca Ann S. Kirk, M.Ed. combines her skills in community arts education and curriculum design, creative youth development, creative facilitation, and program management to build sustainable, equitable, and authentic community partnerships. She is currently the Director of Community & Learning for Boston Lyric Opera and has worked in the community arts sector for nearly twenty years with organizations including Washington National Opera, Jacobs Pillow, Caldera Arts, and the Tower Theater Foundation. She has a gift for seeing the potential in others and empowering them to creatively contribute in a way that honors their strengths and supports the community. Rebecca is passionate about cultivating relationships between sectors to build innovative partnerships that contribute to the goals of each partner. She believes the arts and artists have an essential role to play in fostering healthy, engaged communities.
Rebecca is a self-proclaimed life-long learner and integrates her experiences into her work. She embodies the heart and soul of an artist with training and practice in classical voice, dance, theater, and the visual arts. She is an educator with experience as a teaching artist, curriculum design, and has trained and mentored teaching artists. Rebecca is also a researcher who has contributed to the field of community arts education. She holds an M.Ed. from Lesley University in Art, Community, and Education and B.A. in Sociology from Whitman College.