Meet the San Diego Staff

Tara Graviss, Chief Executive Director

Tara Graviss, Arts for Learning San Diego has been involved in nonprofit arts education in San Diego for over 16 years, serving in various capacities:  volunteer, teaching artist, trustee and now an executive leadership position.  A life-long devotion to the arts and education combined with a proven background in business make her a dynamic leader and advocate for students, families, communities and artists!  A passionate and dedicated professional with the experience needed to lead and develop organizational performance through collaboration and partnership.  Her 20+ years of experience in international hospitality services ensure she has all the customer service and operational skills to be a change agent in the long term sustainability of arts education in our schools and communities.  Tara holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School and Expressive Arts Institute.  Tara is a visual artists and poet and dedicates her private practice to supporting women recovering from trauma.

tara@artsforlearningsd.org, (619) 282-7599 ext.111

Adrienne Valencia, Programs Director

Adrienne Valencia, Programs Director at Arts for Learning San Diego, has a passion for arts education and has spent her career creating programs that inspire people to participate in creative endeavors. She joined the staff of the San Diego Symphony in August, 2007 as their Director of Education & Community Engagement and increased the number of people participating in their programs while expanding their reach into outlying communities. From 2001 to 2007, she held a similar position with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) where she expanded their education programs in the midst of post-9/11 economic turmoil.  She began her orchestra management career in 1996 in the Pacific Symphony’s education department where she had the opportunity to impact that community with a number of large-scale programs serving more than 80,000 students and adults each year.  A pianist, singer and former music teacher, Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Humboldt State University and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from California State University, Fullerton.

adrienne@artsforlearningsd.org (619) 282-7599 ext.116

Keri Jhaveri, Professional Learning Programs Manager

Keri has served as an art educator, acted as a community liaison to establish and deepen partnerships, and designed art education programs for audiences including kids, K-12 students, families, adults, and volunteers. Keri earned an MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, as well a primary teaching certificate with the Association Montessori Internationale. She specializes in collaborating with teaching artists, educators, and community partners to create and implement innovative programs ranging from collaborative poetry writing, art activism for community awareness projects, and celebrations of history and culture. She created programs that engage both children and adults for the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Frist Art Museum in Nashville, and the Palm Springs Art Museum, among others. She believes passionately in the power of art to change people’s lives: to connect them to each other, their shared history, and a better understanding of themselves through the exploration of their creativity, narrative and personal experience.

keri.jhaveri@artsforlearningsd.org, 619-207-4503 ext. 119

Deirdre Moore, Residency Program Manager

Deirdre Moore is an educator with over 20 years’ experience facilitating learning with students from infants to professional adults in subjects ranging from general education to discrete arts and the integration of the two. Creating engaging learning opportunities and watching learners flourish never ceases to inspire and humble her. Since her arrival in San Diego eight years ago, Deirdre has worked as a  professional development facilitator and teaching artist for the VAPA Department of SDUSD integrating dance and theatre with literacy and science, an elementary level teacher of performing & visual arts and a teacher of Music Together, an early childhood music and movement program. She also supported the implementation of the Turnaround Arts Initiative in a local elementary school. In addition, Deirdre works as a writer, presenter and mentor for Education Closet, an online resource for K-12 educators in Arts Integration and STEAM.  Deirdre holds a B.S. in Special Education from the University of St. Joseph in Connecticut and a M.Ed. in the Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Massachusetts as well as teaching certifications in elementary education in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and California.

deirdre@artsforlearningsd.org, 619-344-0498 ext 118

Sherrie Brown, Community Programs Manager

Sherrie Brown has worked for Arts for Learning San Diego for more than two decades. She has a Bachelors degree in Communications from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.  Prior to coming to Arts for Learning San Diego, she was Promotions Coordinator at Seaport Village, a specialty shopping center in San Diego.

sherrie@artsforlearningsd.org, (619) 282-7599 ext.114

Erika Paul, Arts Administrator

Erika Paul, Arts Administrator for Arts for Learning San Diego, is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Erika has a degree in English and has a passion for creative writing and poetry. Erika utilizes her love for writing and her problem solving and organizational skills to support the programming staff.

Erika@artsforlearningsd.org (619) 282-7599 ext.117

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Arts for Learning San Diego 

4305 University Avenue, Ste.555  |  San Diego, CA 92105
Tel: 619.282.7599  |  Fax 619.282.7598

Arts for Learning San Diego is a nonprofit organization classified under the IRS code 501(c)(3) 

Federal Tax ID: 95-2464304