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Chapin Schnick - September Mentor
A creative and proven leader in the field of education, Chapin Schnick has ten years of art teaching experience and more than 20 years of regular nonprofit volunteer service. In addition to a master’s degree in art education from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and bachelor’s degrees in art education and ceramics with an art history minor from Purdue University, she is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
After aiding Charles L. Smith Elementary in Martinsville, in its 2016 transition to a Fine Arts Academy, Schnick was the inaugural InstaGrant recipient from the Indiana Arts Commission, and the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Art Educator of the Year award from the Art Education Association of Indiana. Schnick believes in the power of play and began utilizing Teaching for Artistic Behavior and Choice-Based Art education principles in 2014.
In the summer of 2018 she transitioned to teaching in the nonprofit sector, leading programs as a Gallery Facilitator in Special Exhibits at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. One of The Children’s Museum’s core values, promoting family learning, drew Schnick to the position. Now, she not only interacts with children, but also their families, engaging them through the “use of real objects, immersive environments, and live interpretation.”1 Schnick lives in Martinsville, Indiana, with her husband, Cory, and their three dogs.