CSMA is thrilled to welcome Vickie Scott Grove as our new Executive Director!
She is an experienced senior-level executive with extensive financial, business development and social venture experience.
“The arts have always been an important part of my life. It is a great joy for me to be part of the CSMA community,” said Vickie Scott Grove. “I look forward to continuing and deepening CSMA’s leadership in making music and arts education accessible for all.”
Come meet Vickie Scott Grove at CSMA’s annual Open House on Sunday, August 25, from 10am – 1pm!
Get to know CSMA’s new Executive Director, Vickie Scott Grove:
Tell us a little bit about your background.
After teaching at Hamilton College in upstate New York, I pursued a career in finance before entering the nonprofit area. I have served as Executive Director of two other agencies – most recently Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. I also had a non-profit consulting practice for twelve years and worked with non-profits, foundations and government entities across the country.
What attracted you to CSMA?
The position allows me to combine my professional focus and work life with a deep well of my personal experience. I believe this is something we all strive for.
How has your past experience prepared you for this new responsibility?
My background has given me a good perspective on what a well-run non-profit looks like and a pretty full “tool box” to get the job done. I have also found that my for-profit experience has been invaluable to my success in the non-profit sector.
What is the importance of an arts education?
There are so many good answers to this question, and current research continues to find more. We know that education in the arts impacts a child in so many different ways – cognitively, socially and physically. It impacts their development during childhood, their success at school and future success in the workplace. Inclusion of the arts in education is fundamental to providing children with the opportunity to develop the skills needed for critical thinking, creativity and innovation.
What are some of your goals for CSMA?
CSMA has an established reputation and track record for excellence in its current programs. I will focus on expanding the reach of the organization in the coming years to serve more students in the public schools, as well as musicians and artists of all levels and abilities. In the coming months, I look forward to leading the strategic planning effort to articulate a vision that guides CSMA’s growth.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about providing children with the opportunity to have the arts be part of their childhood experience and education.
What art and music do you personally love?
I enjoy a very wide range of music, probably because of my childhood. I grew up in Virginia studying classical piano, which I first learned at my public elementary school using a wooden keyboard. It didn’t make any sound, but we practiced reading notes, finger position and scales. We always had a piano in the living room, and my mother played it almost daily, many times as I was falling to sleep at night. I also loved spending entire weekends camping at blue grass festivals. For days afterwards, fiddles would play in my head. Then there was the gospel music in church – music was taken very seriously, and we had at least six choirs. As you can imagine, I have many childhood memories involving music. I grew up during such a golden age of music – the Beatles, the Stones, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Genesis… the list is long!I enjoy live music and have held season tickets for the SF Symphony since moving to the area in the 1995. Michael Tilson Thomas is wonderful! Before leaving the Boston area, my husband and I held season tickets for the Boston Symphony for ten years. He is an audiophile, so there is often music playing at my house. We also go to a lot jazz performances. Among my favorites are Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti, Dayna Stephens, Esperanza Spalding, Brad Mehldau and Kurt Rosenwinkel. If my son reads this, he will laugh. He is my “jazz tutor”.There have been times when drawing and painting have been part of my life. I love 18th and 19th century painting and early modern art.To me, appreciating and enjoying the arts is an essential component of a well-lived life.
What do you love to do in your free-time?
For relaxation I enjoy riding my horse and gardening. I keep a year-round herb garden and seasonal vegetables. I also try to keep yoga and walking part of my weekly routine.