Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education Announces
Appointment of Nanci Hersh as Executive Director
The Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DIAE) is pleased to announce that Nanci Hersh has accepted an offer from the Board of Directors to become DIAE’s Executive Director. Ms. Hersh will begin her duties immediately. Ms. Hersh has served as the organization’s Interim Executive Director since October 2016, following the death of Danny Peak.
Ms. Hersh is a visual artist whose work focuses on printmaking and painting. She received a BFA degree from the Pratt Institute in 1981 and an MFA from the University of Hawaii in 1994. Since 1993, Ms. Hersh has taught printmaking and art survey courses, notably at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Monmouth University and Montclair State University in New Jersey, and the Delaware College of Art & Design in Wilmington. She also has extensive teaching experience as an artist-in-residence for many arts organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn, Delaware, and DIAE for which Ms. Hersh has served as a Teaching Artist since 2013. She also brings managerial experience as a gallery manager and arts administrator.
Board President Thomas Leff said, “DIAE is fortunate to have a person with Nanci’s extensive experience as a practicing artist, arts teacher and administrator leading our organization in a time when the arts and arts education face increasing challenges meeting the demand for arts programming in our schools and securing the funding to support it.”
Since 1982, DIAE has offered in-class arts residency programs for K-12 schools, pre-K arts / STEM residencies in Head Start Centers, and professional development workshops for Delaware teachers.
“Nanci’s passion for DIAE’s mission and philosophy make her the ideal candidate to lead our organization,” said Jonathan Whitney, DIAE Artistic Director. “I look forward to collaborating with Nanci as we work to help Delaware’s students experience the power of the arts.”
DIAE has served over 100,000 students and teachers by providing hands-on experience with the arts, artists and aesthetic learning in the areas of music, visual art, poetry, dance, and theater. For more information about DIAE, go to www.diae.org, or call 302-992-1404.