MAAE Member Spotlight: MAAE Board Member Maggie Stevenson and Organizational Member Bologna Performing Arts Center (Cleveland)
Maggie Stevenson, a native of Mobile, Ala., is an up and coming leader in the fields of public media and education. With over ten years of experience in media and education, Stevenson’s professional experience encompasses educating and empowering children, youth, and adults, along with developing and creating instructional media for PreK-Adult Education. Her focal areas have been literacy, technology integration, drama and media, and learning centers. Stevenson is currently the Director of Early Childhood at Mississippi Public Broadcasting and oversees implementation of MPB’s statewide early childhood initiatives within childcare centers and pre-K classrooms. In addition, she coordinates and provides professional development for childcare directors and PreK-12 teachers and other outreach events for parents and the general public. Her involvement in education and media is not only to entertain but also to educate and inspire individuals to maximize and achieve their greatest potential in life. The daughter of an avid retired teacher, Stevenson is a gifted speaker and educator with a passion to effect great change in her community and the world. Stevenson earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama and her master’s degree from the University of South Alabama.
The mission of The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University brings together artists and audiences to celebrate the arts, to enrich the cultural life of the Delta community, to educate and deepen the appreciation of the arts and to explore the richness of world heritage through artistic expression.
Arts education programming is a big part of the mission of the Bologna PAC. The School-Time Matinee Series connects children, teachers, and schools with the performing arts that complements the school curriculum and introduces students to worlds they have never known before. The Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute has impacted countless numbers of young creators for the past 16 summers by providing intensive instruction in a variety of art forms. The Institute provides K-12 participants with age-appropriate, performance-oriented camps packed with tons of energy and fun activities. Camp dates for Summer 2014 are: Arts Camp (residential, ages 12-18) June 8-21, 2014; and PLUS Camp (day-camp, ages 5-12) July 14-19, 2014. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program includes the Bologna Performing Arts Center and West Bolivar School District. These members were selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts; the Partnership team participates in collaborative efforts to provide professional development opportunities in the arts for educators.