Cultural Leadership Through Education

Most counties have an organization charged with serving and advancing the arts and cultural sector. Here on Florida’s Space Coast, Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA) continues to make significant strides toward that goal through its innovative programs, including those tied to K-12 education.

Earlier this summer, BCA Education and Community Arts Manager Pablo Remonsellez was presented with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education 2015 Professional Leadership Award at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando.

The award is presented annually to individuals who work within an educational institution, education program or are a member of a community-based arts organization or agency like BCA. According to the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, Pablo has displayed “outstanding leadership and advocacy for ensuring the arts play an integral role in K-12 education.”

In addition to BCA’s efforts to promote Brevard County as a cultural destination, the organization has created unique opportunities to increase student engagement with the arts while bolstering the long-term sustainability of the area’s cultural community.

In his role as arts education manager at BCA, Pablo coordinates and manages all BCA student outreach programs noted above, which bring highly-qualified, professional artists to provide hands-on instruction and facilitate art-based learning with a focus on 21st century skills. Prior to joining BCA, Pablo worked as an elementary and middle school visual arts teacher in Melbourne.

Under Pablo’s leadership in the education arena, BCA has organized well over 100 artist residencies and/or arts-related special events at more than 50 different schools, bringing arts education to more than 6,000 local students in the last two years alone.

The positive impact these programs have on the community is significant. According to the United States Department of Education, students with high levels of arts participation outperform arts-poor students on virtually every measure. Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours per day, three days each week for one full year are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

The BCA is in the business of making the Space Coast a better place to live by increasing the cultural capital of our county. And Pablo is in the business of making the BCA even better at what it does.

“We are extremely proud that Pablo is part of the BCA team and thankful that he has been recognized for his years of hard work and passion tied to raising the profile of Brevard County’s arts community,” said BCA Executive Director Neil Levine. “Pablo has made a difference in so many lives, and he is truly a cultural leader in our community.”

Brevard Cultural Alliance | (321) 690-6818

This article appears in the September 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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