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Executive Director


Adrienne Valencia has a passion for arts education and has spent her career creating programs that inspire people to participate in creative endeavors. She joined the staff of the San Diego Symphony in August, 2007 as their Director of Education & Community Engagement and increased the number of people participating in their programs while expanding their reach into outlying communities. From 2001 to 2007, she held a similar position with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) where she expanded their education programs in the midst of post-9/11 economic turmoil.  She began her orchestra management career in 1996 in the Pacific Symphony’s education department where she had the opportunity to impact that community with a number of large-scale programs serving more than 80,000 students and adults each year.  A pianist, singer and former music teacher, Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Humboldt State University and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from

California State University, Fullerton. 

(619) 550-3068 (Direct)



Professional Learning and Community Programs Manager


Keri has served as an art educator, acted as a community liaison to establish and deepen partnerships, and designed art education programs for audiences including kids, K-12 students, families, adults, and volunteers. Keri earned an MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, as well a primary teaching certificate with the Association Montessori Internationale. She specializes in collaborating with teaching artists, educators, and community partners to create and implement innovative programs ranging from collaborative poetry writing, art activism for community awareness projects, and celebrations of history and culture. She created programs that engage both children and adults for the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Frist Art Museum in Nashville, and the Palm Springs Art Museum, among others. She believes passionately in the power of art to change people’s lives: to connect them to each other, their shared history, and a better understanding of themselves through the exploration of their creativity, narrative and personal experience.

619-207-4503 (Direct)



Residency Program Manager

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Deirdre Moore is an educator with over 20 years’ experience facilitating learning with students from infants to professional adults in subjects ranging from general education to discrete arts and the integration of the two. Creating engaging learning opportunities and watching learners flourish never ceases to inspire and humble her. Since her arrival in San Diego eight years ago, Deirdre has worked as a  professional development facilitator and teaching artist for the VAPA Department of SDUSD integrating dance and theatre with literacy and science, an elementary level teacher of performing & visual arts and a teacher of Music Together, an early childhood music and movement program. She also supported the implementation of the Turnaround Arts Initiative in a local elementary school. In addition, Deirdre works as a writer, presenter and mentor for Education Closet, an online resource for K-12 educators in Arts Integration and STEAM.  Deirdre holds a B.S. in Special Education from the University of St. Joseph in Connecticut and a M.Ed. in the Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Massachusetts as well as teaching certifications in elementary education in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and California.

619-344-0498 (Direct)



Operations Administrator

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Erika Paul, Operations Administrator for Arts Education Connection San Diego, is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Erika has a degree in English and has a passion for creative writing and poetry. Erika utilizes her love for writing and her problem solving and organizational skills to support the programming staff. 

(619) 677-6558 (Direct)