Carnegie Picture Lab hires first Executive Director!

Carnegie Picture Lab, a nonprofit organization that provides free classroom arts education to K-5 students in the Walla Walla Valley, is pleased to announce the hiring of its first Executive Director, Susan Greene. “We are thrilled to have Susan join our organization,” said Tiffany Jenes, Board President. “She is a great fit for Carnegie Picture Lab, bringing with her experience, energy and a passion for the arts. With fresh ideas and the experience to see them through, I’m excited to see where her leadership can take us.”

Ms. Greene, who began on January 7, brings nearly 30 years of experience in arts education to the position. She was a K-12 visual and performing arts teacher, program director, and assistant principal at several schools in Sacramento, CA prior to relocating to Walla Walla.  Her work included developmentand coordinationof arts-integrated curriculum maps, after-school arts programs, a unique Road Scholars field experience program, and establishment of an innovative artist-in-residence program in partnership with the Crocker Art Museum.  Ms. Greene brings to the position an extensive background in creating, implementing and expanding educational programs, as well as exceptional skills in building relationships, developing community partnerships, and engaging constituencies. “My passion for arts education cannot be overstated, and I look forward to contributing to the growth and on-going success of this organization with great enthusiasm,” said Ms. Greene.

The hiring of Ms. Greene takes Carnegie Picture Lab from its origins in the 1970’s as a small, all-volunteer organization to a strong, dynamic, and thriving program that today serves nearly 4,000 K-5 students in 12 elementary schools in Walla Walla, College Place, Dixie, Waitsburg, and Athena, OR. To manage the increasing growth and complexity of the program, Picture Lab’s Board of Directors restructured the organization’s staff to create an Executive Director position with additional responsibilities. In addition to overseeing program development, Ms. Greene will be responsible for fundraising, staff management, strategic planning, and program advocacy.

The mission of Carnegie Picture Lab is to nourish creativity by supporting and enhancing art education for elementary school children in the Walla Walla Valley. Picture Lab partners with schools districts, educators, parents, artists, volunteers and the community to develop and present a robust art education curriculum in the schools, ensuring that all children have access to art.

Carnegie Picture Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on art eduction in Walla Walla valley schools. Read more about CPL here .