Music Academy of the West Announces Appointment of Tracy K. Smith to National Advisory CouncilSanta Barbara, CA — As a pioneer of thought leadership in music and its role in the arts and society, Music Academy of the West is thrilled to announce the appointment of Tracy K. Smith to its National Advisory Council. A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, educator, and former two-term U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy joins current advisors Marcy Carsey, Jeremy Geffen, Gregg Gleasner, Ara Guzelimian, Mark Newbanks, and Chad Smith. Tracy K. Smith’s fervent belief in the power of art and education to connect people, tackle pressing issues, and change lives aligns closely with the Academy’s commitment to community access and transformative education. Given her longstanding focus on connecting people from disparate backgrounds through poetry – a central theme of her platform as Poet Laureate – she is especially well-suited to advising Music Academy President and CEO Scott Reed. In her new role, she will also join other National Advisory Council members in assisting to review applications for the annual Alumni Enterprise Awards, which confer annual grants to support innovation in areas including artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, social justice, and technology.
I'm delighted to bring my perspective as an artist and chair of a university arts center into conversation with the Music Academy of the West. I believe the artsu2014which foster clarity, courage, community and empathyu2014have a special role to play in tending to the collective needs alive in our nation.
Tracy K. Smith
Itu2019s an honor to welcome Tracy as an official member of the Music Academy family. Her perspective as a writer and educator who collaborates with musicians will ignite creative thinking. She will inspire and challenge our community to connect in meaningful ways, as well as to reach new heights in cross-disciplinary arts.