AEMS Announces New Executive Director

Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Board Chairwoman Lyn Frankel, announced that the board has chosen Quanice Floyd to be the organization’s executive director. Floyd will assume her position on July 29, 2019. She succeeds Lori Snyder, who retired after four years as AEMS executive director and from a long and distinguished career in arts education in Anne Arundel County schools.

“Floyd’s exuberant passion and commitment to the arts are impressive, and her entrepreneurial spirit and strong leadership skills make her well positioned to lead AEMS forward and shape its future,” says Frankel.

Floyd was most recently the director of Learning and Leadership Development at the National Guild for Community Arts Education in New York City. She is also the founder and director of the Arts Administrators of Color Network, an organization committed to empowering artists and arts administrators in the D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas. Last year, the Americans for the Arts recognized Ms. Floyd with the American Express Emerging Leader Award.

Ms. Floyd is excited to be returning to where she began, the Maryland State School system.

“We must ensure that all 850,000+ students have access to quality arts education. I look forward to supporting the students, phenomenal arts educators and arts education supervisors in Baltimore City and all 23 Maryland counties,” says Floyd.

Born and raised in NYC, Floyd has spent more than a decade in Washington, D.C., where she has received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Howard University and Kent State University respectively. Quanice began her career as a public school music educator, teaching general music, chorus and band. Her passion for arts administration led her to pursue her second master’s degree in Arts Management at American University and is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University.

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