Texans for the Arts
Chris Kiley joined the team in 2017, and currently serves as the Associate Director of Texans for the Arts.
A native of New Hampshire, Chris moved to Texas in 2014 to attend graduate school at Texas Tech University, where he received a Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Administration in 2016. Chris has been involved in the state's political realm since arriving in Texas and spent time working for retired Congressman Gene Green from Houston in Washington D.C., immersing himself specifically in arts and education policy.
Chris has a true passion for arts education. Chris worked for Austin non-profit Creative Action as a SPARK School Arts Integration Specialist from 2016 - 2019. In partnership with Austin ISD, Chris collaborated with classroom teachers to develop and implement curriculum for STEM subjects through a creative lens. Chris believes that a robust arts education is critical to ensuring that our young people are prepared to enter the 21st Century Workforce.
Chris also has a background in Acting and Directing for the stage. Chris has performed professionally in many parts of the country and served as Executive Director of the Derryfield Repertory Theater Program, a summer initiative dedicated to introducing young people to theater and producing professional musical theater productions at the Derryfield School in NH from 2014- 2018.
Chris also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Austin Emerging Arts Leaders, a local non-profit dedicated to developing the next generation of arts leadership in the Austin area and as an adjunct professor at his alma mater Texas Tech University, teaching graduate-level arts administration courses in advocacy, management, and funding for the arts.
When Chris is off the clock, he loves spending time with his partner Amanda and their large, goofy dog named Gatsby.
"I believe a healthy arts landscape is vital to providing us with happy, healthy communities. The arts give us a voice, but it is up to us to use it!
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