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.
In 1993, MetroArts Inc. was formed by Niel DePonte in response to diminishing resources devoted to arts education in public schools. Since then, we have moved the educational agenda towards the idea that the arts are necessary to the education of the whole child. In 2020, we changed our name to Cognizart by MetroArts Inc., which more fully embraces our "cognizant" approach to delivering quality "arts" education.
Tax ID #93-1260537
Our Staff and Board of Directors
Shannon Emory, Executive Director
Niel DePonte, Mentor & 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