Our ACDA-MN leadership team is thrilled to announce the appointment of Jamie Andrews as our next Executive Director for ACDA of Minnesota.  He will assume the position on July 1, 2022.

Jamie Andrews (he/him) has over two decades of experience working in the arts, education, and nonprofit administration. He is a founding member of PrimeLife Arts Learning, an on-line platform dedicated to Creative Aging. Previously he served as Development Manager for Lakeshore Players Theatre, and as the Chief Learning Officer at the Minnesota Opera, where he oversaw an extensive array of programs for all ages, including an industry-leading Creative Aging initiative, Music Out Loud, the first opera-based El Sistema-inspired youth program in the US, and the commission of a youth opera The Song Poet, based on the novel by Kao Kalia Yang with music by Joceyln Hagen. Active in arts advocacy, Jamie serves on the board of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

Jamie started his career in the arts teaching band and choir in Forest Lake and Lester Prairie, Minnesota, after earning a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He also earned a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

A STATEMENT FROM JAMIE ANDREWS

Working as a band and choir teacher early on, I was energized by helping young musicians find their voice. When I moved into an administrative role, I learned that I could share my passion for the arts and education in other ways, beyond the classroom. Working with students of all ages – young children, teens, teachers, and older adults – I continually saw the importance that creativity plays in everyone’s health and well-being.

I am thrilled to be a part of ACDA-MN and to work alongside dedicated professionals who keep seeking new ways to connect students through singing. I am also excited to share my “twin” passions for baseball and Monroe, WI cheese (my hometown).