Ann Watts’ responsibilities are overall management and funding of Starting Arts. She seeks out art education resources within the San Francisco Bay community, evaluating their quality and suitability for Starting Arts programs. Additionally, she determines the type and number of classes offered by Starting Arts, locates facilities, acquires materials, and hires artists to instruct.
Ms. Watts actively solicits public/private funding to sustain and expand the number/size of programs offered by Starting Arts. She oversees and contributes to grant writing, and has begun an aggressive campaign for corporate sponsorship. Ann has successfully established relationships with local media, keeping Starting Arts in the public eye. Her planning and management skills have created a solid business foundation, but it is Ms. Watts’ energy, enthusiasm and high standards for excellence that assure Starting Arts’ continued success.
Ann Watts is uniquely qualified for this position. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in English (Honors, 1982), a bachelor’s degree in Education (1984), has passed the CBEST and holds a California Teaching Credential. She has taught general education for grades preschool through 12, and served as dance teacher/ choreographer/ production coordinator for numerous extracurricular programs. Ann’s arts background includes: 18 years formal dance training; 10 years dancing professionally on stage; and Artistic Director/ Manager of Lakeshore Dance Studio (Montreal, Canada, 1982-84). Ms. Watts’ recent business experience includes co-founding an internet service company in Mountain View, CA.