Candy Schneider is six months shy of being a native Nevadan. As the vice president of education and outreach for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Candy’s entire professional career has been focused on arts education and working with the community to enhance education. Prior to joining The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Candy worked for the Clark County School District for 33 years, first as a visual arts teacher, then as the administrator of the visual arts, and finally as the assistant director in the School-Community Partnership Program.
Over the years, Candy has served on a variety of local, regional, and national boards and committees including the National Art Educators Association, Getty Center for Arts Education, National Endowment for the Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Partners in Education, Nevada State Education Curriculum Standards, Henderson Cultural Plan, Nevada School of the Arts, Las Vegas Centennial, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, VSA Nevada, and a host of Clark County School District committees.
Ms. Schneider also served as chairman of the board of the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) for five of her 12 years of membership. While there, she worked to increase support for arts education, individual artists, arts organizations, and advocacy issues.
Ms. Schneider’s dedication to the arts hasn’t gone unnoticed. In March of 2007 she was awarded the Nevada Art Educator of the Year Award by the National Art Education Association. She was also honored at the 2008 Governor’s Arts Awards for Distinguished Service in the Arts.