Wendy Liscow is the Executive Director of Arts Ed NJ. During her 17 year tenure at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Wendy worked in Dodge’s Arts grantmaking area, then went on to lead Dodge’s Education and Technical Assistance programs. She has been a champion of the transformative power of arts education both for students and educators and is a committed advocate for more quality arts. She has led statewide initiatives advancing arts integration and culturally relevant and responsive practices, especially for students attending New Jersey’s most historically under-resourced school districts.

She led a team of arts education leaders to produce the New Jersey Arts Integration Think and Do Workbook. Additionally, she worked with researcher Dr. Deborah Ward to develop a series of collective arts education survey tools to measure key impact indicators, and an arts education data collection dashboard, and an evaluation training series, all with the goal of demonstrating the impact of arts education

Also, while at the Foundation, Wendy developed sequential adult learning opportunities to help ensure nonprofit staff and boards deepen their organizational impact. Ms. Liscow is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. After receiving her Education degree from the University of Michigan, and prior to joining the Foundation staff in 2003, Wendy worked for 25 years as a professional theatre administrator, director, dramaturg, and producer. She was associate artistic director, dramaturg, and resident director of George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick for 12 years, and then served as the director of programs and services for the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. She has served on many boards, advisory boards, and committees over the years, most recently on the Arts Education Partnership’s newly established Equity Committee, the Arts Education Impact group at Grantmakers for Education, Arts Ed Newark, Arts for Any Given Child Trenton, and the Newark STEAM coalition. She is a 2021 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement NJ Governor’s Award.

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