NASAA’s peer groups of state arts agency staff and volunteers gather during the Assembly to network and discuss challenges and successes unique to their roles. Peer group session agendas are created by each group; contact your group’s coordinator(s) to offer agenda suggestions.

All Peer Group sessions take place on Thursday, October 24, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Preconference gatherings for the Arts Education Managers Professional Development Institute (PDI) and the New Executive Directors Forum, as well as for Accessibility Coordinators, Community Development Coordinators, and Folk and Traditional Arts Program Managers, take place between Monday, October 21, and Wednesday, October 23. Check the Agenda & Sessions page for exact dates and times once they are available.

Chairs and Council Members

Coordinators: TBD

NASAA Liaisons: Laura Smith and Katie Hughes

Executive Directors

NASAA Liaison: Kelly Barsdate

Deputy/Assistant Directors

Coordinators: Chad Buterbaugh, Senior Program Director, Maryland State Arts Council; Christine Costello, Deputy Director, Colorado Creative Industries; Kate Van Steenhuyse, Assistant Director, Kansas Arts Commission; Freddy Vélez, Deputy Director, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture

NASAA Liaison: Sylvia Prickett

Arts Education Managers

Coordinators: Jennie Knoebel, Arts Education Working Group (AEWG) Chair, Senior Grants and Program Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Kimberly Washburn Motte, AEWG Cochair, Arts Learning Director, South Carolina Arts Commission

NASAA Liaison: Meghan McFerrin

Communications Managers/PIOs

Coordinators: Catherine Crawley, Communications Director, Vermont Arts Council; TBD

NASAA Liaison: Sue Struve

Community Development Coordinators

Coordinators: Rachel Morgan, Program Specialist, Nebraska Arts Council
Lisa Burk-McCoy, Creative Community Development, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

NASAA Liaison: Eric Giles

Folk and Traditional Arts Program Managers

Coordinators: Jessabet Vivas Capos, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture; Ellie Dassler, Mid Atlantic Arts; Kendall Henry, Virgin Islands Council on the Arts; Elisha Oliver, Texas Folklife; Elena Calderón Patiño, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; Cassie Rosita Patterson, American Folklore Society; Virginia Siegel, Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts

NASAA Liaison: Sylvia Prickett

Grants and Fiscal Officers

Coordinators: Eric Ashby, Grants and Research Manager, Indiana Arts Commission; Mollie Flanagan, Artist Programs Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; Miguel Guillén, Program Manager, ArtsWA – Washington State Arts Commission

NASAA Liaisons: Ryan Stubbs  and Kelly Liu

Public Art Managers

Coordinators: Jarica Walsh, Director of Visual and Public Art, Oklahoma Arts Council
Ryan Patterson, Arts Capital Program Coordinator & Public Art Project Manager, Maryland State Arts Council

NASAA Liaison: Eric Giles