Carol Bogash

For more than 30 years, Carol Bogash has been passionately dedicated to creating educational programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences providing enriching opportunities for learners of all ages and diverse communities. Currently, she is Vice President of Education and Community Engagement at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra responsible for a large and diverse program engaging all ages from the very young to those who are retired. From 2007-2011 she served as the Director of Education for the Washington Performing Arts Society, overseeing a large and diverse program reaching more than 100,000 people each year. As the Director of Educational and Cultural Programs at The Smithsonian Associates for more than 11 years, she was responsible for over educational 1,500 programs annually, including lectures, seminars, courses, Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, studio arts, performances, summer camp, study tours and national outreach. Prior to working at the Smithsonian, Bogash was General Manager of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (FL), was Director of the Non-Credit Liberal Arts Program and of the Master of Interdisciplinary Science Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Continuing Studies, served as the Orchestra Manager for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and taught at the Peabody Institute of Music and in the Baltimore City Public School System. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Palmes Academiques by the French government for her broad areas of work in education and specifically on projects devoted to furthering a better understanding and appreciation for French culture.

Connections/Expertise w/ El Sistema-inspired programs
Carol has helped sculpt the OrchKids program expansion into different cities, solidified funding, expanded assessment, and helped bring OrchKids into the national attention of arts, education, and social change institutions.

Special skills/professional expertise/resources/connections that the candidate would bring to the board
Managing boards
Creating ties to national organizations

Why the candidate wishes to serve on the board
With the growth of el Sistema inspired programs across the United States comes the opportunity for the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs to provide important services to members, to advocate for the importance of these programs nationally, and to be a resource to arts educators.   I look forward to working with dedicated colleagues to help advance these initiatives and feel that I have a range of experience that may be useful in furthering these goals.

“Carol Bogash would an extremely valuable asset to the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs.  Her wealth of experience managing boards, leading a variety of major arts organizations, teaching in the public school system, and serving as a national advocate for music education and community engagement would allow her to support the Alliance in a variety of capacities.”

– Hana Morford
Sistema Fellow 2014

“Carol is a leader in her field of arts education, and she has an international perspective from her years at the Smithsonian and WPAS.”

– Paul Meecham
President and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


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