Who We Are


State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) consists of those persons at state education agencies whose responsibility is education in the arts (Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts).

State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education List

SEADAE does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age or disability in admission or access to or employment in its programs and activities.

Our Mission

To support the professional effectiveness of individual members and provide a collective voice for leadership on issues affecting arts education.

Our Purpose

To achieve quality, comprehensive, sequential, standards-based education in the arts for all students PreK-20.

Executive Committee


Joyce Huser, Kansas

Vice President:

Tom Tobias, Missouri


Lana Hallmark, Arkansas


Debbie DeFrain, Nebraska

Members at Large:

Cathy Jensen, Utah

Dustin Loehr, Arizona

President Elect:

Dale Schmid, New Jersey

Past President:

Julie Palkowski, Wisconsin

Contact SEADAE Members

Email projectmanager@seadae.org to get in touch with members and submit questions to SEADAE.

Regional Representatives

New England - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Mid-Atlantic - Delaware, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

South - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Midwest - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Mid-America - Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas

Western I: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Washington

Western II: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

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