About Mary-Helen Rossi

Name: Mary-Helen


Web Site: http://www.merge-education.com/

Bio: Mary Helen attended Washington, DC’s Sidwell Friends School and George Washington University, and nearly graduated with a BA in English. In 1968 she set out to try to find her way – completely unprepared for life but, eventually, well educated by it. Over the years she has served as a speech writer at the Federal Energy Administration, created and managed a graphic design company on DC’s Capitol Hill, and helped create and manage an arts nonprofit organization. She is currently business director at Merge Education, helping to advance the understanding that the arts are an integral part of a soulful life. She is happily married to a jazz pianist and educator, and is totally convinced that Duke Ellington had it right: it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.

Posts by Mary-Helen Rossi:

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

Teaching Artists

Early Arts Education

Common Core Standards

Quality, Engagement & Partnerships

Emerging Leaders

Charting the Future of the Arts

Taking Communities to the Next Level

New Methods & Models

Public Art

Best Practices


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.