About Cognizart

Our Mission

Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting life-long learning through the arts. Our mission is to teach creative and critical thinking processes through innovative arts education programs and curricula.

Our History

Since 1993, Cognizart by MetroArts Inc. has championed the vital importance of arts education in children's development.  Our teaching for creativity programs ignite children's natural creativity, wellbeing, and self-confidence while also playing a role in social inclusion. 


Over our 28-year history, we have positively impacted the lives of thousands of children.  We have devoted much of our efforts to delivering scholarships and free artistic opportunities to children from underserved communities. 

  In 2020, we changed our name to Cognizart by MetroArts Inc., which more fully embraces our "cognizant" approach to delivering "arts" education.
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Our Staff and Board of Directors

Shannon Emory, Executive Director

Saori DeBruyn, Administrative Assistant

Niel DePonte, Conductor of the Young Artists Debut!
Karen Deveney, President
Elizabeth Eklund, Treasurer
Dayna Corwin, Secretary
Scott Howard, Director
Amy Polo, Director
Tim Siegel, Director


Andy Isbell, Music

Natalie Piper, Theatre

Chris Reynolds, Visual Arts

Colette Rood, Dance

Emory Wilkey, Intern

Marketing & Photography

Jeanne Spencer, Ricochet Partners
Lloyd Lemmermann, Lloyd Lemmermann Photography


Tel: 503-245-4885