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Marty Skomal

Marty Skomal Martin (Marty)is the director of programs at the Nebraska Arts Council, in Omaha, Nebraska. He supervises all grant programs including arts education, organizational support for arts organizations, multicultural arts, and arts touring. He also directs the Prairie Visions program, which is a Nebraska Consortium for Arts Education that provides staff development in the arts for teachers and artists. Marty also is responsible for a statewide Artists-in-Schools/Communities program, community arts programs, and arts technology programs for Nebraska. He serves as liaison to the Nebraska Department of Education and the education program at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Recently Marty served as chair of the Arts Education Advisory Committee of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. From 1999 to 2000, he was chair of the National Arts Education Consortium which links schools, universities, and artists across the country in an education reform initiative using the arts. He has served as a conference presenter and panelist for the Arkansas, Iowa, and South Dakota Arts Councils, National Endowment for the Arts, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Marty is a past president of the Nebraska Chapter of American Society for Public Administration and is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient in the Arts Administrative Fellows Program.

Marty has served as editor of the Flatwater Arts Companion, which is the Nebraska Arts Council quarterly statewide arts newspaper and currently serves as the arts education feature writer. His writings have also been featured in publications of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, The Nebraska Music Educators Assn., and in Arts Education Policy Review. Marty´s previous positions include director of theatre at the Omaha Jewish Community Center and production manager at the Chanticleer Theatre in Iowa. He is also an arts education consultant, director, and workshop leader. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska and a bachelor´s degree in Theatre Arts and English from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Marty also studied at Trinity College in Carmarthen, Wales, U.K., in children´s theatre and British literature.