VC Arts Council Staff

MARGARET TRAVERS-2Margaret Travers, Executive Director

Margaret earned a BS in Design and teaching credentials from the University of Michigan, followed by graduate work in art history at Kent State University.  After a career in advertising she focused on arts management, sharpening her skills through numerous seminars, conferences, workshops, and active membership in numerous local arts organizations, commissions and panels from the early 1990’s to the present.

Beginning in 1990 she served on the Thousand Oaks Arts Commission for four years, the last year as chair.  She is a founding member of the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery and became a board member of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley (ACCV) in 1995.  For twelve years she produced the ACCV Public Access TV Show ARTS SCENE, showcasing the arts in the region.  Her other community art service includes being a member of the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Council, member-at-large of the Studio Channel Islands Art Center Board, a Board member of Art Trek, Inc., a Board member of Focus on the Masters, and a member of the VCCF Arts Advisory Council.

Margaret has garnered many awards, including: The Thousand Oaks Arts Commission’s “Excellence in the Arts Encore” statuette in 1995, The California Park & Recreation Society’s “Community Service Award”, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International’s “Paul Harris Fellow Designation”, and The City of Ventura “Mayor’s Arts Award for Leadership”.

Craig Rosen, development directorCraig Rosen, Development Director
Mr. Rosen received a B.A. in English from George Washington University and an M.F.A. from Columbia University film school. Originally from Washington D.C., Rosen was lead singer in Static Disruptors, a band he formed at college. In 1982 he produced a single of a rap song he wrote and performed called, “D.C. Groove.” He has taught poetry writing in numerous settings, including to boys and girls at the Juvenile Facility, students in the Recovery Classroom at Gateway Community School, adults at Todd Road jail, Oak View High School students and members of the Tequio Youth, part of the Mixteco Indigenous Community Organizing Project. He has edited four chap books of poems by his students, published with support from the Ventura County Office of Education. Rosen manages JumpStArts for VCAC, a recipient of consecutive grant awards from the California Arts Council. JumpStArts brings arts to juvenile offenders. Rosen has produced documentaries, short films and one feature-length movie and written several original screenplays. He just finished his first novel, Broken Heartland, for the Young Adult audience. Craig’s passion is working with underserved communities and the arts, helping people to find their voice and work toward personal transformation.

 

Julie Sanchez, Program Director Artists in the ClassroomJulie_Sanchez

Ms. Sanchez received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing from the University of California Santa Barbara and her Masters in Arts Education from Cal State Northridge. She worked as a long term substitute teacher for several years in Port Hueneme before starting at Julien Hathaway Elementary School in Oxnard. Ms. Sanchez worked as a classroom teacher at Hathaway for over 15 years, teaching second, third, fourth, and fifth grades in all subjects and standards. She has also taught many after school programs that included visual art, drama, social skills, academic remediation, and GATE. For over a decade, Sanchez has taught musical dramas (Bad Wolf Press) to grade levels 2-5, culminating in staged performances. These have included The Turkeys Go on Strike (historical play about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving), The Garden Show (ecology, recycling, and composting), Little Red Riding Hood, Jack in the Beanstalk, Alice’s Adventures with Idioms (figurative language performed by fifth graders, many being second language learners). The plays incorporate curriculum standards, performing arts, visual arts and singing. Students must also memorize their lines, another important skill. Recently, Ms. Sanchez led training sessions at the district level on the use of art across the curriculum for teachers who want to incorporate art but cannot find time or don’t know how to manage lessons and materials.

As a child, Julie learned art from her father. He taught her mosaics, sculpting, casting, painting and drawing techniques. She was taught to use various tools and given a scaled down version of whatever media her father happened to be working on to create her own piece.

 

Gloria Lohner-Hall 13aGloria Hall, Office Assistant 

Ms. Hall and her husband owned a real estate business in Nevada where she was office manager and book keeper for thirteen years. Ms. Hall worked five sessions of the Nevada State Legislature during her twenty-seven years in the State. She enjoys combining office management duties and interacting with the public.