KCYA Hires new Director of Arts Education:
Mary Susan Dubinski


April 9, 2021



Mary Susan Dubinski

Director of Arts Education


We are excited to announce that Mary Susan Dubinski will join the KCYA team on Tuesday, April 13th. She fills the position recently vacated by Rachel Cain. After nearly three years of creative cooperation, collaborating with KCYA teaching artists and leading initiatives like the Kennedy Center Partners in Education arts integration programming, Rachel is returning to the classroom where she will continue to support young people's growth through the arts. We wish her well!


Mary Susan Dubinski has spent her career studying the impact of the arts and creativity on youth both academically and social-emotionally. She’s a passionate believer that meaningful and accessible art experiences can inspire, build, and transform both individuals and communities. 


Mary Susan has been an education program administrator since 2008 in the non-profit arts and culture industry. Her unique skill set and perspective has broadened audiences and offerings at organizations like the Mattie Rhodes Center, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and most recently, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where she served as Director of Learning and Engagement. Mary Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work.


“The arts give us both a community and an opportunity through which we can explore our shared humanity, voice important messages, and understand diverse perspectives. Art connects and heals us.” - Mary Susan Dubinski


In her position at KCYA, Mary Susan will guide the development of both in-school programs (offered through School and Community Programs) and classes and camps (offered at the Community School of the Arts). She will also lead KCYA's participation in the Kennedy Center Partners In Education and will be an integral part of our Arts Partners team.


Her focus is to bring inclusive, high-quality, engaging arts education to students through dynamic partnerships and innovative programs. She is looking forward to getting to know our students, community partners, and teaching artists whose inspiring work encourages us to see ourselves and the world in new ways. 


Welcome Mary Susan!