Senior Program Officer, Kirkpatrick Foundation
Paulette Black is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and completed post-graduate work at the University of Oklahoma, leading to national registration and board certification as an art therapist by the Art Therapy Credentials Board. Black has twenty years of experience in Oklahoma state government as a program director in two state agencies, providing grant oversight and leadership for programs in arts education. Her experience includes interpreting and implementing public policy, designing and conducting professional development for educators and school administrators, and serving as adviser to the boards of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations. As an art therapist, Ms. Black has worked with various populations in a community counseling center and a long-term residential facility for neglected and abused boys. She taught college classes in studio art and art therapy and served on grant-review panels for state agencies in Arkansas and Kentucky and for the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education.