Ms. Ahava Silkey-Jones
Ahava Silkey-Jones is an accomplished non-profit and education leader. She has a passion for building community through the arts locally and globally. She has worked to develop and implement high quality arts programming, global education initiatives, and innovative models for school improvement in Chicago, Boston, and Newark. Ahava earned her Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Roosevelt University.
Ahava recently joined the Perpich Center for Arts Education as the Principal for the Arts High School. She comes to Perpich from the Newark Public Schools where she served as the Vice Principal for the Girls’ Academy of Newark. Prior to moving east Ahava was an integral component of the arts and education community in Chicago. In her role as the Director of Fine Arts for the University of Chicago Charter Schools she developed a thriving dance program; designed and led student performance and college tours; and facilitated collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, famed cellist Yo - Yo Ma, Redmoon Theater, and the Logan Center for the Arts. While in Chicago she co-founded a non-profit organization, the Professional Theatre and Dance Youth Academy (PTDYA), which provides performing arts programming for schools in under-resourced communities. She was recognized by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute as Employee of the Year in 2013 for her extraordinary service, exemplary practice, and stellar results.
Ahava is a a newly elected member of the Arts Education Advisory Council with Americans for the Arts. She is committed to working on system-level education initiatives, building school and community partnerships, and improving access to quality arts programming for all students.