Lenore Blank Kelner

Lenore Blank Kelner is an author, educator, arts integration specialist, theatre and teaching artist as well as an arts education early childhood specialist.

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Lenore Blank Kelner is an author, educator, arts integration specialist, as well as a theatre and teaching artist. Lenore directed a professional theatre company for young audiences for 28 years and directed and acted in a touring company under the auspices of the regional theatre in Baltimore, Center Stage.  Lenore has presented her work in all 50 states and abroad. She has been a presenter with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 1982 and was a Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts for 25 years. Lenore is the author of The Creative Classroom and co-authored A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension. Both books were published by Heinemann. Lenore was awarded the Creative Drama Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.  She worked with the Maryland State Department of Education serving as the Arts Education Consultant for Early Childhood developing art standards, based on the National Core Art Standards for young learners 0-3 years of age.

Arts and Humanities Education Philosophy

Lenore Blank Kelner and Company is dedicated to finding meaningful connections between the arts and learning. They Provide:
- A wide array of compelling arts integration services for teachers, students, and teaching artists. All of our programs are dedicated to promote student achievement and in closing the achievement gap. These are our core concerns.
- Inventive and inspiring arts-based and arts integrated programs designed to address state standards and meet the needs of all students in order to help them reach their full potential as a learner and as a creative individual ready to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Why is Lenore an advocate for Arts and Humanities Education?
"For the past 35 years I have seen how the arts reach students who are often deemed "unreachable". I have seen students "show" what they truly know and astound their teachers in the process. For many of our students, the arts are a lifeline for helping them know their value, talent and intelligence."

How does she promote Arts and Humanities Education?
"I work diligently in the field, present at conferences, train teachers, serve on committees for several arts organizations, write articles, books...it is my life's work." 

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative Member since 2016.

"The DC Collaborative brings together artists, teachers and organizations that believe and know the importance of the arts for our students."

Arts and Humanities for Every Student

Lenore is an AHFES Provider! Teachers can view her AHFES Catalogue here.

Fun Fact!  Lenore says "I have worked in all 50 states, written 3 books on drama in the classroom, continue to work in this field for 35+ years and as Sondheim says so well...'I'm still here!'"

Contact Lenore: lenore@lbkcompany.com


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Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.