Creativity at the Center
Professional development and program specialist
Joselyn Wilkinson is a musician, arts educator, program director and facilitator, dedicated to keeping creativity at the center of work and learning. As a creative consultant, Wilkinson designs and delivers professional development, helping schools and teachers integrate arts learning into core academics. For organizations, she facilitates transformational work for staff and helps leadership evaluate program health and design.
Joselyn Wilkinson graduated with honors from UCLA World Arts and Cultures. After completing research in Ghana, West Africa, she founded ADAAWE, women of the voice and drum, toured the U.S., and performed locally at venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion and John Anson Ford Amphitheater. A master teaching artist, Wilkinson developed and taught arts curriculum with leading nonprofit organizations and created theater and music performances with at risk youth for over 15 years.
In 2010, Wilkinson was recognized by the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs with an Artist-In-Residence grant, to lead songwriting and drumming workshops to build community. She has also created professional development programs incorporating arts integration and brain-based learning, and presented workshops for leading arts organizations including The Skirball, PS Arts and the LA Actors Fund.
From 2014-2019, Wilkinson served as the Director of Education for Grand Vision Foundation. She strengthened their Meet the Music program with a standards-based curriculum, high level teaching artists, teacher professional development and classroom guides, while greatly expanding its reach and funding. In a senior staff capacity, Wilkinson participated in the Executive Service Corps' Developing Development Program, The Nonprofit Partnership's Sustainability Planning Cohort, and the LA County Department of Arts and Culture's Innovation Lab and Art of Leadership training, gaining valuable skills in strategic planning, fund development and facilitation. She continues to work with Grand Vision as their Arts Education and Development Specialist.
Photography by Taso Papadakis