Ann Wettrich is an arts education leader with a hybrid consulting, arts and teaching practice. As a consultant she works as a strategic planner, systems thinker and program developer, engaging Bay Area arts organizations and museums, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and districts, from policy-making bodies to start-up and grass-roots efforts. As an artist, she aspires to open critical, playful and exploratory cross-sector dialogues on cultural, urban and environmental fronts through a mix of art based research and social practice strategies.
Ann is an adjunct faculty member at the California College of the Arts. She has held several leadership positions at the college over the past decade, including Co-Director of the Center for Art & Public Life. At the Center she collaborated with staff, faculty and students from fine arts, design and architecture to establish a wide variety of cross-fertilizing college and community partnership programs. She also incubated the Teaching Institute at CCA, now administered as the Integrated Learning Specialist Program by Alameda County Office of Education and expanding to San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa and Sonoma counties.
As an author, Ann has published works for art education journals, poetry anthologies and oral history archives. As an arts advocate, she has been active on numerous community advisory boards and is currently a commissioner for the Alameda County Arts Commission, serving on the executive and public arts committees.
Recently, Ann co-founded Fieldworks Collaborative with CCA colleague Trena Noval. As James Irvine Fellows, Fieldworks is in creating a series of Pop-Up-Academies at the Montalvo Art Center.