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Arts Education Brown Bag

  • San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room A (downstairs, near cafe) 100 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

The Arts Education Brown Bag series is a bi-monthly event where we bring lunch to the library and learn from our arts education colleagues. 

This month, we will feature Jill Dineen, Executive Director of Leap, Arts in Education.

TITLE Agility or Fragility: Nonprofit Innovation, Change and Growth in a Volatile Climate

DESCRIPTION Arts Education nonprofits are like any other nonprofit in that they must stay closely connected to the people that they serve and address their specific, yet changing needs. Key to doing so well, is clearly defining your organization’s “North Star,” all while remaining agile and adaptive in ever-changing times. Drawing inspiration and problem solving techniques from business, marketing and communications, and human services, we will walk through examples that illustrate how to keep your organization openly embracing change, and how to create a culture of experimentation and creativity. It is more than just survival. We are called upon to thrive, to lead and to set the standard-now more than ever! Attendees will walk away with new ideas about:

  • Rediscovering Personal Creativity, Making it a Professional Practice
  • Remaining Flexible and Open to Possibilities
  • Getting Real about What Is

Jill Dineen, M.A., Executive Director, joined Leap Arts in Education in 2015. She has fifteen years of community engagement, nonprofit management and fund development experience, most recently as Executive Director at Classroom Central, a nonprofit serving students in poverty in Charlotte, NC. For her work there, Jill was honored as one of Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women of 2015, a NAWBO Non Profit Leader of the Year in 2014, and one of Charlotte Business Journal's Top Women in Business in 2014.

A Bay Area native, Jill was transformed by her early exposure to the arts, and believes that all children should have the same opportunity to be inspired by and engaged in the arts, to build academic skills and cultivate individual creativity, to be introduced to diverse cultures, and ultimately, to achieve their fullest potential. Jill is also an accomplished blues/jazz singer, songwriter and performer.


Leap’s art and architecture residency programs serve 7,000 Bay Area children each year, offering students the opportunity to engage in visual and performing art and architectural learning experiences that enhance their overall education, and prepare them for future success in school, in their communities and in life.

Residency projects are designed with classroom curriculum, students, families and community in mind, and as such, focus on enhancing cultural awareness, individual empowerment and equity within and across local communities while promoting a broader sense of self and environment for each student.  

Performances, culminating events, and visual arts projects executed by the artists/architects and students bring communities together to recognize their children as individuals with special talents and newly increased levels of self-confidence, thus encouraging family involvement in all aspects of students’ lives.