Jan Kirsch
Director of Research

Jan came to Inner-City Arts in 1993 after 16 years as a professional dancer, teaching artist, educator, event producer and social justice activist. Passionate about the possibilities that the arts and creative expression hold for children, youth and community, Jan's work allows her to bring that vision of possibility to 1,000 classroom teachers, teaching artists, administrators and community members each year. Jan frequently shares her expertise at workshops, conferences and festivals nationally and internationally. She is an Instructor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education Center X Teacher Education Program and a Guest Presenter in the Mount St. Mary’s University credential program. Jan received a B.A. in Social Sciences (Education, Psychology, Dance) from the University of California, Berkeley, and has continued her education through study at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education since 2003 and at Learning and the Brain Conferences since 2007. Since coming to Inner-City Arts, Jan has worked to articulate the "magic" of what occurs in the studios, drawing on current research in Education, Arts Education, Neuro-education and Behavioral Sciences. Her work creates bridges between these fields and others, bringing possibilities for empowerment, connection, communication and collaboration into the education, business and activism arenas.