About Alysia Lee

For 2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, Alysia Lee-- her role as an artist, arts educator, teaching artist and arts advocate, give her broad perspective of the arts ecosystem. Her work has received national recognition for advancing access, equity, visibility, representation, and power-sharing between artists, organizations, and communities. Key to Lee’s method is leadership development, building strong partnerships, and intersectional approaches to engagement while centering artistic excellence, creativity, social justice, and multiculturalism.

She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir, an El Sistema-inspired, girl empowerment, choral academy with programming in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. Lee provided strategic oversight of the program growth from the 20-participant pilot to 300+ membership. sistercitiesgc.org

Alysia is the education program supervisor for Fine Arts education for the Maryland State Department of Education where she shares her vision of statewide equity and excellence across five arts disciplines: music, dance, visual arts, theatre, and media arts. She is a proud member of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE).