Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education Announces
Appointment of Ashley SK Davis as Artistic Director
Ashley is a dancer, choreographer, actor and teacher, and has served as a teaching artist for DiAE since 2008. A Wilmington native, she earned her B.A. in philosophy at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where she was active in the arts community on campus. As a member of the Spelman College Dance Theatre, she trained under Kenneth Green (Six Flags; Disney), Nathan Trice (nathantrice/RITUALS), and Alan Gartrell (Atlanta Dance Connection; Milwaukee Dance Exchange).
She is also the executive and artistic director of Pieces of a Dream, Inc., an area dance company. Most recently she served as the assistant artistic director for “Same Story, Different Countries”, a multi-disciplinary concert produced by the University of Delaware Department of Dance that explores the similarities between the “black experience” in the United States and South Africa.
Ashley has found great joy in encouraging children to discover their inner artist. In addition to teaching at a variety of regional dance studios, she also has conducted dance classes at several schools in the area, including Serviam Girls Academy, Lewis Elementary School and First State Ballet Theatre’s school outreach programs. For the past nine years, Ashley has served as a teaching artist in drama and dance for the DiAE and Delaware Wolf Trap, where she uses dance and theater techniques to encourage learning and enhance student engagement with the daily curricula in Delaware schools.
As artistic director, Ashley will oversee all DiAE arts programming, partnerships with other local organizations, and will work directly with teaching artists and public, private and charter schools throughout the state to provide hands-on experiences in the arts with diverse, multicultural experiences.
Since 1982, DiAE has offered in-class arts residency programs for K-12 schools, pre-K/STEAM residencies in Head Start centers and professional development workshops for Delaware teachers.
“Ashley’s commitment to the arts and our community, along with her passion for DiAE’s mission, make her the ideal candidate for the position,” said Nanci Hersh, DIAE executive director. “I look forward to collaborating with Ashley as we continue to work to inspire the artist in every student through out the state.”
Davis succeeds Jonathan Whitney, who served in the post for three years before joining the Delaware Art Museum as community connections and performance programs specialist. Whitney continues his affiliation with the DiAE as a member of board of directors.
DiAE has served over 100,000 students and teachers by providing hands-on experience with the arts, artists, and aesthetic learning in music, visual art, poetry, dance, and theatre. For more information, go to www.diae.org, or contact Nanci Hersh, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.