Coordinator of Fine Arts
2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow
Lee’s full circle role as an artist, arts educator, teaching artist and arts advocate, gives her a broad perspective of the arts ecosystem. Alysia's work has received national recognition for advancing access, equity, visibility, representation, and power-sharing between artists, organizations, and communities. Key to her method is leadership development, building strong partnerships, and intersectional approaches to engagement while centering artistic excellence, creativity, social justice, and multiculturalism.
Recent recognitions include The 2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellows Award (representing northeastern states), The Knight Foundation, National Association of University Women, Stockton Bartol Foundation, and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Recent speaking/teaching engagements include Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, The Kennedy Center, Arts Education Partnership, Chorus America, Americans for the Arts, TEDX, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Temple University.
Alysia Lee is the education program supervisor for Fine Arts education for the Maryland State Department of Education where she shares her vision of statewide equity and excellence across five arts disciplines: music, dance, visual arts, theatre, and media arts. She is a proud member of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE).
She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir(SCG), an El Sistema-inspired, girl empowerment, choral academy with music for social change programming in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. SCG has performed for audiences at Carnegie Hall, The Smithsonian Institute, The Kimmel Center, Citizens Bank Park, National Constitution Center, The Barnes Foundation, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and throughout their local communities. The girls cherish their recent performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vijay Gupta, Opera Philadelphia, Westminster Choir College, and a host of community artists.
A Baltimore native, Lee is an alumna of Maryland public schools. She earned her graduate degree from Peabody Conservatory. In 2011, Lee was selected from an international pool of applicants to the third cohort of the Sistema Fellowship at New England Conservatory in partnership with TED. Alysia has also completed Executive Education programs at Harvard University and La Salle University.