- Arts education
Laurie Schell is the director of Music Makes Us, the public/private music education initiative in Metro Nashville Public Schools, jointly supported by the Office of the Mayor, music industry leaders and the school district. With more than 25 years as a senior executive in the nonprofit and education sectors, Schell has garnered a national reputation for innovative leadership in arts and culture and K-12 education. She has worked to foster arts and music education through strategic alliances and partnerships, policy and advocacy campaigns, effective governance and leadership, and mobilizing constituencies for action. Previously, Schell was the executive director of the California Alliance for Arts Education, a statewide arts education policy and advocacy organization. A former dancer and dance educator, Schell performed and taught dance in elementary, secondary and higher education settings throughout New England. Schell holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s in liberal studies/dance from Wesleyan University, and pursued further studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for senior executives in state and local government.