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Director of Education Judy Shafer to retire from Jazz Arts Group after 22 years of service
(Published: November 25, 2014)

Columbus, OH - The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) announces the retirement of Director of Education Judy Shafer from JAG after 22 years of dedicated service with the organization, effective December 31, 2014. She will continue to serve as an independent consultant for arts organizations across central Ohio.

Judy Shafer has been an intrinsic member of the administrative staff of the Jazz Arts Group throughout the development of the organization. As Director of Education, she created environments that placed professional jazz artists in teaching opportunities in grades preK-12 and provided training in inclusion of American music, arts integration and best teaching practices for education majors in university settings.

"Live music, by its nature, is inspiring," refects Ms. Shafer. "My job was engulfed in live music. And, to make it an even richer experience, my day to day work was defined by jazz."

In the early years of Jazz Arts Group, Shafer took an administrative role and had the opportunity to help then Executive Director / Artistic Director Ray Eubanks establish an audience for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. "Judy was there at the very beginning," said Eubanks. "As the JAG began to gain recognition, she was our public face. She was called ‘Judy JAG' in the arts community. Without her it might not have happened!"

"It was an exciting day when we expanded our programs from the Sunday night concerts to include a second night by adding Saturday to the series," shared Shafer. "Eventually we had four nights and added a matinee to Sunday afternoon!" Other highlights of Shafer's first stint (1980-90) with Jazz Arts Group include learning about the music from many of the guest artists (singer, Joe Williams; saxophonist and writer, Benny Carter; Bob Flanagan of the Four Freshmen; trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson), and learning about data management from Dale Abrams in the early days of computers when COSI housed the CIVIC organization and JAG became their first client.

Upon Shafer's return to JAG in 2002, education became the focus of her work. Highlights for this work were all centered on moments that were closely in alignment with the essence of jazz: innovation, creative processes, teamwork, personal opinions, and moments of discovery.

"Judy Shafer made a significant impact upon the music education community in central Ohio during her time at JAG, and particularly from 2002-10, when the Jazz Arts Group's educational programs and the new Jazz Academy became a national model for arts integration and collaboration," said former JAG Executive Director (2001-12) / current CJO drummer Bob Breithaupt. "Ms. Shafer's efforts in developing new teaching techniques using jazz and American music drew the attention of educators across the country and brought attention to both JAG and other arts partners in Columbus. Institutions such as Jazz St. Louis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, among others, were drawn to the successes documented though the organization's work and presented at conferences and adopted by other leading educators nationwide."

As an arts integration specialist, she has presented at the Americans for the Arts, National Art Educators Association and National Council of Teachers of English national conferences and the South African Jazz Educators conference. She also serves as a consultant for state, regional and national jazz education initiatives.

Shafer served on the Committee for Creative and Innovative Thinking for the State of Ohio and on the Expert Team and Outreach Committee for the international organization known as Jazz Education Network (JEN). She is the recipient of the Greater Columbus Arts Council's inaugural Arts Educator Award (2009). Her past service includes contributing membership of the Ohio Competency Analysis Profile, National Jazz Planning Study, the State of Ohio Curriculum for the Integrated Arts, the Ohio Arts Council peer panel, board membership of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Jazz Education Network's Founding Board.

"Judy Shafer has been a significant contributor to the Jazz Arts Group throughout much of its history," said current JAG Executive Director Press Southworth. "Over the past twelve years, Judy has instilled in our community the importance of jazz in our education system with its principles of collaboration, experimentation, and teamwork. Judy's expertise is widely recognized in the arts education community."

Moving forward beyond Shafer's retirement, current Director of Education - Jazz Academy, Zach Compston will assume the role of Director of Education & Community Engagement. Jazz Arts Group intends to leverage Judy's enormous contribution to jazz education in tandem with increased community engagement to create programming that places JAG on the forefront of jazz education on the local and national level.

About the Jazz Arts Group:

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America's oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. JAG is the third largest performing arts organization in Columbus and consists of four focus areas: the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), one of the world's finest professional jazz orchestras; the Jazz Academy, JAG's extensive instructional programs educating both students and adults about jazz and American music; Inside Track, a jazz and blues performance series produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre and beyond; and Affiliate Musicians, a program providing employment opportunities for professional musicians.

More Information: http://www.jazzartsgroup.org

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