MEET THE FOUNDER & E.D.

Daniel Gray-Kontar is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Twelve Literary Arts and has worked as an advocate for social transformation in the city of Cleveland for more than 25 years. Daniel is an education consultant for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the former chair of the Literary Arts Department at the Cleveland School of the Arts; and a former graduate school fellow at UC Berkeley’s College of Education. His work in arts education has been showcased on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, NPR, The Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Daniel has lectured at universities, public schools, arts organizations and scholarly conferences across the US. His Ted Talk discussing youth leadership in public school education has affected the ways public school administrators think about the inclusion of youth and their families in the process of re-making school cultures and curricula. He currently serves as a Board Trustee of the Cleveland Arts Prize and Cleveland rapper Krayzie Bone’s nonprofit organization, Spread the Love Foundation and serves as an Advisory Board member of the Hawken Mastery School.

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