Arts Horizons

Allison Davis

Executive Director

An accomplished non-profit leader, Allison is the Executive Director of Arts Horizons. She spent much of her career in television news working at NBC, MSNBC and CBS. An award-winning journalist, she headed up a team of reporters who produced some of the first original journalism on the internet. In the not-for- profit arena, Davis has served as communications’ director for the Jackie Robinson Foundation and The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Davis is a contributor to the book “Global News: Perspectives on the Information Age”. She has been recognized by History Makers: The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection, housed at the Library of Congress and was recently honored by the Boy Scouts of America. She is a graduate of Boston University.

Michele Renaud

Senior Program Manager

With Arts Horizons for over nine years, Michele works with schools, organizations, and teaching artists to plan and implement all aspects of New Jersey workshops and residencies and manages the renowned Artist/Teacher Institute. Michele was a former textile designer, creating designs and managing accounts for international clients for the apparel industry including women’s. men’s, and children’s wear. She was also the president of the Stillman Elementary School Home School Association, acting as a liaison between the parent community and school administration.

Overview of Organization: Arts Horizons was founded in 1978 by John Devol, trumpet player, music educator and parent. John played in the orchestra of A Chorus Line for the entire 15-year run of the show and, as he sat in the pit night after night, he realized the importance of bringing quality music to children. He got together with fellow Broadway musicians and formed Festival Brass, a lively, interactive music assembly program that taught students about the brass family of instruments. In 1995 Festival of Music became Arts Horizons, a full-service arts- in-education organization. Now entering our fourth decade, we reach more than 350,000 students and teachers every year.

What makes this organzation unique and necessary? Looking back over the past nearly four decades, Founder John Devol says, “We are committed to foster the development of the whole person by integrating the arts into the educational experience, and we endeavor to instill in people of all ages and abilities a knowledge of their own creativity. When I visit schools and senior centers and see faces light up, I now that it’s all been worthwhile.”

Services provided by the organization: Our exceptional programs are customized to meet the unique needs and goals of the population and site. We provide: Engaging residency programs conducted by professional teaching artists Interactive live performances Participatory arts workshops for seniors that promote well-being Adaptive programs for populations with special needs and children in hospitals Professional development for teachers and staff that builds skills in and through the arts


Arts Ed Newark is made possible by the generous support of: Turrell Fund, The Prudential Foundation, The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Victoria Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts



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