Art Specialists

Four art specialists - each representing the four major art disciplines, music, dance, drama and visual arts - are key members of the Art in Action Planning Team. The art specialists in the project include:
Cory Wilkerson



AAACory Wilkerson is a theatre arts educator and free lance arts consultant specializing in arts integration and and arts assessment. Ms. Wilkerson spent nine years as faculty for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Institute and was a 2004 recipient of a Pennsylvania State Legislature Certificate of Achievement for her work with youth theatre. Currently Ms. Wilkerson is involved with Arts Educator 2.0 in the Pittsburgh area; an experimental project doing ground breaking work using collaborative inquiry for professional development for arts educators. Ms. Wilkerson is also a professional children’s theatre artist and director.

Camille Dempsey

Visual Art

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AACamille Dempsey is the Visual Arts Infusion Specialist and the Art in Action Project's Technology Infusion Specialist. She is currently working in the Art Educator 2.0 project in addition to PD in various school districts in northwestern and southwestern Pennsylvania. Prior to her current work, she served as the Art Education Professor, Program Director and Art Student Teacher Supervisor at Mercyhurst College. Before that she was a K-12 art educator in CT, NYC and PA. Prior to that she was a teaching artist. Camille is currently pursuing her doctorate in Leadership in Instructional Technology at Duquesne University.
She has also earned her MA in Art & Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University. Her current research includes Visuality Culture and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) and visual arts, leadership & professional development in arts education. She has presented and published on topics related to arts & technology in education.

Jan Hyatt


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Jan Hyatt is the co-creator and director of Creating Landscapes, a community based series of educational outreach programs for students of all ages. The Landscapes Programs are an outgrowth of the Dance and Movement Studies Program at Allegheny College. Jan holds an M.F.A. in theater/dance from Case Western Reserve University and an Ed.D. in Arts Education from Teachers College Columbia University. In 1984 she received the Ohio Governor's Award for Arts Education and in 2004 the Julian Ross Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Allegheny College where she conceived and coordinated the Dance Studies Program from 1982-2004. Before moving on to Allegheny College, Jan piloted dance programs in K-12 general education settings as a dance artist/educator for the Ohio and Pennsylvania State Arts Councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her publications include Finding a Balance: An Approach to Movement Education for Elementary School Educators, published by the Ohio Arts Council; and a journal article: The Neuroscience of Dance and the Dance of Neuroscience with co-authors, Alec Dale PhD. and Jeffrey Hollerman PhD. published in Fall 2007 by the Journal of Aesthetic Education. Currently in press is The Serious Play of Finding Dance: An Approach to Creatine Dance Education.

Rosemary Omniewski


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Rosemary Omniewski is a music educator who has spent her career looking at ways music, movement and the arts can influence and deepen learning experiences for elementary students. Her published research is on the effects of arts infusion on math achievement. Rosemary has served as educational consultant in three prior Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grants: Project Art Smart 1 and 2 in Warren County Schools (2001-2005), and Building Bridges Through Art Smart in Appalachia County IU8 (2005-2008). It gives her great joy to have the opportunity to serve as music consultant for Arts in Action!

Art Specialists Meetings