Arts Education Coordinator
Oregon Arts Commission
775 Summer St NE Ste 200
Salem, Oregon 97301
T (503) 986-0085
Deb Vaughn oversees two grant programs: Grants for Arts Learning and Connecting Students to the World of Work. In 2011, she successfully assembled a team for the national Education Leaders Institute which resulted in the passage of a bill allowing for proficiency-based demonstrations of knowledge in Oregon schools. Deb was responsible for developing a national accessibility model for incorporating students who are deaf into the Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. Prior to joining the commission, Deb worked as school services manager for Oregon Children's Theatre. A trained singer, actor and writer, she has been employed as a creative drama teacher in both Oregon and Arizona. Vaughn currently sits on the Arts Education Committee of Americans for the Arts, the Oregon Community Foundation’s Evaluation Advisory Group and is chair of the Arts Education Working Group for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. In 2009, Vaughn received a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her exemplary commitment to arts education and again in 2012 for her arts education advocacy work. Vaughn holds a MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a BA in theatre from University of Portland. A native Oregonian, she is continually exploring new areas of her home state and relishes spending time outdoors with her family.
Americans for the Arts Staff Information
Recent Blog Posts
- An Interview with Megan Kim: 2017 Oregon State Poetry Out Loud Champion
- Measuring Progress Towards Equity
- Top Ten Challenges to Providing More Arts Education
- Montana Arts Standards: An Interview with Superintendent Denise Juneau
- 6 Ways to Know Your Arts Education Program Made a Difference
- Academic Rigor through the Arts
- I’ve Got My Data, Now What?
- Geeking Out on Data
- Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck: Leveraging the Four-Day Residency
- A Delicate Balance: The Intersection of In-School and Out-of-School Time
- Make Room: Expanding the School Day for Deeper Arts Engagement
- Scope and Sequence: Who’s Got the Monopoly?
- STEM to STEAM: Finding a Seat at the 'Cool Kids' Table
- Telling Your Story. No, Really.
- Measuring Access to Arts Education, or Not Another Survey!
- Is Equity the Antithesis of Diversity? (or Why Everyone Needs an IEP)
- A Whole New World: Arts Education Advocacy As A Parent
- “I’m Just Glad I Got to Be Here and Share My Poems”
- Maintaining the Post-Conference Euphoria