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Arts Learning Projects Director

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Susan Oetgen

Susan Oetgen joined the NASAA staff in 2014. Her responsibilities include directing the annual Professional Development Institute on behalf of NASAA’s Arts Education Working Group, facilitating mentorships for new state arts agency arts education managers and maintaining the arts education managers’ peer-to-peer network. During her tenure, Susan has supported the creation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Arts Subcommittee of the arts education peer group, and represented NASAA as facilitator and point person for the Arts Education Partnership’s national Equity Working Group. In 2017, Susan codesigned and managed NASAA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mentorship pilot program. Since 2018, Susan’s arts learning portfolio has included coordinating the biannual Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artist Retreat and directing NASAA’s creative aging projects. For more than 15 years, Susan has served as an arts manager, facilitator and teaching artist with a variety of arts and education organizations, including Everyday Arts for Special Education, Oregon Cultural Arts Coalition, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, SchoolTalk, Wyoming Arts Council, and Young Audiences Arts for Learning. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in theology with a specialization in the religions of the African diaspora from Georgetown University, a master of music degree in classical vocal performance with a specialization in Latin American vocal music from the Catholic University of America, and a graduate certificate in advanced skills in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.