Arts Every Day is proud to announce the panel for the 2020 Impact Fund: Antieris Johnson, Ronald McFadden, Paula Phillips, and Noah Smock. The goal for forming the panel each year is to bring in community stakeholders to think critically about each proposal from varied perspectives to ensure the projects meet the requirements and mission of the grant.
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Antieris Johnson is a passionate problem solver and visionary who exists to be a catalyst for positive change. She received her B.A. degree in Integrated Arts from the University of Baltimore as well as her M.S. degree in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship. Antieris is the founder of a Community Action Program (CAP) called Art Adopts a Child that seeks to raise awareness for adoption and help foster youth successfully transition into adulthood. In 2014, Antieris was honored with a Leading Women Under 40 award by The Daily Record for her work with Art Adopts a Child. Some of her accomplishments include an installation and dedication of a mural in Baltimore, and coordinating a tour of the White House in 2014 for youth in the KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed mentoring program.
Ronald McFadden is a musician, educator, and advocate for educational equity in America’s urban communities. Reared in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Mr. McFadden is a classically trained baritone receiving his B.A. in Music, and his M.A. in Teaching degrees from Morgan State University in Baltimore. McFadden is currently the choral director & Chairperson of the Department of Performing Arts at Southwest Academy Magnet School for Science & Engineering in the Baltimore County Public School System and currently sits on the Baltimore City Public School Board of Commissioners. In addition to public education, Ronald maintains an active voice studio, and is an Associate Director with the Singing Sensations Youth Choir Inc. He is a member of the National Educators Association (NEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc.
Paula Phillips is an artist/educator/mentor, guide/risk-taker, giver/receiver, board member/collaborator/mediator; a leader/team player, and active participating citizen; juror/curator, resource person, net-worker, coworker, and friend; a responder, inquirer, and critic to the interests of students and to the needs of the greater community. She has developed and implemented curricula and arts programs for educational systems, institutions, and select schools; community-based organizations and foundations and as well as for individuals and community-specific initiatives.
Noah Smock is the Executive Director of the Baltimore Community ToolBank, a non-profit that stewards a diverse inventory of tools and equipment for partners to empower their work to strengthen and celebrate our shared community. Noah has worked in the Baltimore community since 2008, first as Director of Community Outreach with Living Classrooms, then as Assistant Director of Johns Hopkins SOURCE, where he connected health professional students to hundreds of local community-based organizations. He has also served in a volunteer capacity on multiple boards including The 6th Branch and Black is the New Green. He currently serves on the board of the Carroll-Camden Business Association, where he works with business partners on a range of projects to enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood. Noah believes firmly that privately operated community organizations can solve many of the most entrenched challenges in any given community if they work together and employ an honest, open and critical approach. Under this idea, Noah fosters a spirit of inclusiveness and intentional partnership at the ToolBank.