HOLLIS HEADRICK was appointed Executive Director of The Center for Arts Education in September 1996. The Center for Arts Education administers the New York City Annenberg Challenge for Arts Education, a $36 million dollar public-private partnership, in collaboration with the New York City Board of Education, the United Federation of Teachers and the Department of Cultural Affairs. This major initiative draws on the resources of New York City’s cultural organizations, colleges and universities, the arts-related industries, corporations, and foundations. The primary goal of The Center for Arts Education is to serve as a catalyst for school improvement in and through the arts, and to play a major role in the restoration and maintenance of arts education in the City’s public schools.
Before he assumed the leadership of The Center for Arts Education, he was the Director of the Arts in Education Program of the New York State Council on the Arts for seven years. He has served on numerous state arts council advisory panels and has been a panelist and advisor for the National Endowment for the Arts. He also served on the New York State Education Department Curriculum and Assessment Committee for the Arts. He currently is a member of the Advisory Committee for Project Zero, at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Hollis is also a jazz percussionist and has performed and recorded in the US and Europe. He was an artist in residence in the Boston Public Schools and has taught privately at Greenwich House Music School and elsewhere. He also was a music presenter and producer for the Jazz Coalition, Boston; Composer’s Forum, New York City; and Jacob’s Pillow, Beckett, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, and studied music at the Berklee School of Music and New England Conservatory, Music Recording Technology at the New School, and administration at New York University.