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Debbie Shannon, The Kentucky Center


Deborah Shannon

As vice president of education for the Kentucky Center, Deborah Shannon has expanded the concept and knowledge of education through the arts for hundreds of Kentucky teachers and thousands of students. Through service as a juror, panelist, advisory board member, and consultant with arts groups throughout Kentucky, Debbie has helped show teachers how the arts can help students learn many things about the world and themselves.

During the past two decades, Debbie’s work has contributed greatly to the understanding and organization of art programs in the state. The first Basic Arts Program began during her tenure as program director for arts education at the Kentucky Arts Council. At the Kentucky Center, the programs she oversees include the Arts Education Showcases; the Institutes for Arts Education; and Summer Arts Academies in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, which are now provided in all eight KDE service regions. Debbie was instrumental in developing ArtsReach and Creative Connections, which have had a tremendous impact wherever they have been implemented. The expansion of these programs to other art centers and communities across the state is a hallmark of her commitment to the mission of the Kentucky Center to bring arts education to all regions of the Commonwealth.

That commitment was honored in 2002 when Debbie received the Governor’s Award in the Arts Education Award.


Program 335

Teaching through the arts with Judy Miller and Barrett Cooper of the Filson Historical Society, Debbie Shannon and David Thurmond of the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and school artist-in-residence Gregory Acker, plus music by Tom Flood. (#335)

Program 525

A celebration of youth in the arts with a glimpse inside the world of interns from the Speed Art Museum and Actors Theatre, 2002 Governor’s Awards in the Arts Education Award winner Deborah Shannon, and pianist and New Performing Arts founder Steve Wogaman. (#525)

Program 543

A celebration of youth in the arts with a glimpse inside the world of interns from the Speed Art Museum and Actors Theatre, 2002 Governor’s Awards in the Arts Education Award winner Deborah Shannon, and pianist and New Performing Arts founder Steve Wogaman. (#543)





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