Calida Jones is a nationally known voice on the topic of diversity and inclusion, especially in regards to the humanities and arts sector. Calida is in Utah consulting with Salty Cricket and Plan-B Theatre this week, and we are thrilled to be able to offer a webinar on diversity and inclusion for UCA members.
LOCATION: Attend in person at our office (254 W 400 S Suite 302, SLC), or join from a computer near you. You will receive the conference call information upon RSVPing.
THREE lucky UCA members may sign up for a one-on-one consulting session with Calida. If you've got a DEI plan, bring it. If you're only at the beginning stages of thinking about diversity, Calida can help you get started!
TO RSVP FOR THE WEBINAR OR CLAIM ONE OF THE THREE INDIVIDUAL CONSULTING SESSIONS, CLICK HERE
Calida Jones began studying the piano at the age of 3 while attending Nursery School, and switched to violin at the age of 6 when she entered Thomas G. Pullen Performing Arts School in Landover, Maryland. In 2012, Calida was hired by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra to design and implement the El Sistema inspired program “Bravo Waterbury!” (Bravo). She continued her work in Waterbury until August of 2018. Ms. Jones then transitioned and worked with PROJECT MUSIC, another El Sistema inspired organization as their Director of Development & Advocacy. Ms. Jones recently became the Director of Music Matters in Hartford, Connecticut. She is also the new Music Director the Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra. She continues to consult with organizations all over the country.
An accomplished musician, social justice advocate and educator, Calida’s work has taken her all over the world teaching and performing. Calida is passionate about intentional purposeful teaching and community engagement. She is committed to correlating the art of teaching to life skills, and community building. During her tenure as the Artistic Director of Bravo in Waterbury, she had the privilege of creating dozens of community collaborations, as well as ongoing performance opportunities for the youth in Waterbury.
Calida has had the privilege of speaking multiple times at the prestigious Yale School of Music, Duke University, Ravinia, The Connecticut State Capitol, The Hartt School of Music, and was a Tedx speaker in San Jose, CA.
A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she received her Masters in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from The Hartt School of Music.
Calida is honored and humbled to have received awards, and honors during her career including a scholar fellowship at the Aspen Festival of Ideas, The Elizabeth Mahaffey Fellowship, a Grammy nomination for the Music Educator Excellence Award, the Father Thomas H. Dwyer Humanitarian Award for her work in Waterbury, Connecticut, and the 2018 CT Arts Hero Award in Waterbury CT.
Calida serves on the Board of The Hartt School of Music, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, El Sistema USA, and chairs the ESUSA Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee; she also serves on the board of the Connecticut Arts Alliance.
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