About Marete Wester

Name: Marete

Web Site: http://www.artsusa.org

Bio: Marete Wester joined the staff at Americans for the Arts as the director of arts policy information in April of 2006, after more than 20 years as a nonprofit arts manager, consultant, writer, and educator. As executive director of Dance New Jersey, she recently led that organization's transition into a professional, statewide service organization; tripled the membership by managing a merger with dance educators; and initiated the first comprehensive Dance Needs Assessment research project in the state. She is the former executive director of the Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey (AAE/NJ), where she initiated and managed several successful state partnerships, including the Arts for Everykid Campaign for Change and the Arts Create Excellent Schools (ACES) Initiative. Her previous positions include acting program specialist for presenting organizations at the National Endowment for the Arts and associate director of program operations at the Staten Island Council on the Arts. In 2003, she authored the chapter on arts education in Fundamentals of Arts Management for the Arts Extension Service (AES) at the University of Massachusetts, and went on to develop the curriculum for the online course. She currently teaches fundraising and arts education in AES’ Online Arts Management program, and serves as an adjunct professor in arts administration for Seton Hall University’s Graduate Department of Public and Healthcare Administration. Marete has conducted numerous workshops and presentations on arts management, education, and advocacy on the international, national, state, and local levels and has served as a member of planning teams for community cultural arts and arts education plans throughout New Jersey and Maryland. She is the author of several Monographs published by Americans for the Arts on advocacy and arts education. She holds a bachelor's of music performance degree from Wilkes University, PA, and a master's degree in arts administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Posts by Marete Wester:

ARTSblog holds week-long Blog Salons, a series of posts by guest bloggers, that focus on an overarching theme within a core area of Americans for the Arts' work. Here are links to the most recent Salons:

Arts Education

Early Arts Education

Common Core Standards

Quality, Engagement & Partnerships

Emerging Leaders

Taking Communities to the Next Level

New Methods & Models

Public Art

Best Practices

Evaluation

Arts Marketing

Audience Engagement

Winning Audiences

Powered by Community

Animating Democracy

Arts & the Military

Scaling Up Programs & Projects

Social Impact & Evaluation

Humor & Social Change

Private Sector Initatives

Arts & Business Partnerships

Business Models in the Arts

Local Arts Agencies

Cultural Districts

Economic Development

Trends, Collaborations & Audiences

Art in Rural Communities

Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe talk about the state of the arts in America at Arts Advocacy Day 2012. The acclaimed actor and famed producer discuss arts education and what inspires them.