As Board Chair of Metropolitan School of Dance. It is my honor and a pleasure to serve as such for such a key organization in the community. My role is to assist, access and aide in addressing the needs of our underserved populous. One does not have to look very far when researching what organizations make the greater impact in the Oklahoma City area MSDI is where your research should pause for relevance and importance. I am but a small part of a much greater picture. I believe that the services we provide to citizens in the Greater Metropolitan area are stellar. I have through my service with this organization seen numerous lives changed. The smiling faces of the children we serve who’ve mastered a skill is immeasurable. Here youth will find a place of respect and acceptance.
From toddlers to young adults, Metropolitan School of Dance endeavors to meet the demands of positive development for all through arts education. The program is driven by the passion to positively affect every person who walk through our doors as well as in community outreach programming.
It doesn’t stop there. The instructional staff and administrative personal at Metropolitan are continuously advancing ways to reach more numbers. This is a small organization by comparison, however, it plays a key role in setting options for positive change for many underserved families.
We all know the arts are important for balance in our lives. Heck, I can even remember the positive effects of playing in the school band. That experience stays with me even today. MSDI focuses on the very same live changing experiences for every participant, by coming together with a common bond though dance. I would say, in arts programming dance has got to be one of the most intimidating art forms. The audience is not listening to voices, or hearing the melodies of an instrument, but they’re watching you; the dancer and wanting to see what story you can tell through movement.
These are extraordinary experiences indeed that has landed past participants varying successes in adult life. From professional dancers to doctors, teachers, politicians, managers, lawyers, judges, professors and celebrity fitness trainers. It is astounding to know the gold nuggets received while training in this studio has carried hundreds of individuals through life. So we cannot quite, there are too many lives who still search for positive change, acceptance and purpose. The arts are something that is so needed in all and at MSDI is the vehicle. The dedicated staff at MSDI are motivated through sharing, caring and giving though creative processes.
Socio-economic background has no place here. Students whose families are in homeless shelters can find acceptance here. Some children are hungry, yes we feed them and then they learn. Children enroll who’ve experienced personal tragedies and loss and yet they find a voice in movement. Please make no mistake lives are changed here on every level. But we need your help!
We need folks who are going to step up to say I’ll sponsor 1 or 2. Or I’ll cover the cost of dance clothing and dance shoes. Every dollar you share goes directly to programming and student sponsorship. I’d like to encourage and even challenge you to not follow the norm, but set yourself apart by giving to the creative training of an at-risk child. Volunteer to serve on the board with us. Work a fundraiser, or sponsor a fundraising effort. Whatever is in your heart to do to advance our mission, we’re here, we need your help and we’re listening.
Monique WatkinsBoard Chair, Metropolitan School of Dance, Inc.
Summary of Qualifications
18 years’ operating a not for profit arts agency. 35+ year experience in Business Management, Catering and Event Coordinator. One on One Customer Service experience, Staff Supervision, Public Relations, Community Relations , Community outreach Coordinator, Fiscal Management, Public Speaking, Fundraising, Event Planning and execution, Meeting and Workshop coordinator.
Executive Director of the Metropolitan School of Dance, Incorporated-Oklahoma City. Executive Chef-Sweet Blessings All Occasion Desserts and Catering. Over 38 years’ experience in the catering business which includes expertise in all areas of preparation for special events, wedding, birthday celebration, reunions, corporate events, board meetings, Holiday Celebrations, board and staff retreats, anniversaries, showers and retirements.
7/1999 to Present-Metropolitan School of Dance, Inc. Executive Director
8/1977 to Present-Executive Chef of Sweet Blessings All Occasion Desserts And Catering/Owner Operator
5/2001 to 8/2008-Francis Tuttle Technology Center Accounts Payable Clerk
9/1992 to 10/1997-Southwestern Bell Telephone Company Service
Representative / Sales Department Business Office
Multicultural Leadership Institute- University of Oklahoma 2000-2002
Oklahoma State University-Stillwater Oklahoma 3 years School of Business
Francis Tuttle Technology Center-12777 N. Rockwell Avenue OKC, OK
2 Years Culinary Arts-Food Certification-Food Sanitation Certification
20 Hours Groupwise
10 Hours APEX
National Guild of Community Arts Education-Graduate Amici 2000 Boot
Camp on Non-profit management
2200 hours training from the Center for Nonprofit Management in Grant Writing, Board Development, Strategic Planning, Resource Development, Effective partnerships, Collaboration, public Relations, Marketing, Public Speaking, Corporate and Community Alliances, Touring Programs and Residencies. 100 + hours training in event services planning.
You know Metropolitan School of Dance has been doing what we do for 35 years to date. We are not perhaps a traditional organization in the sense of reworking our program every few years to match the demand of corporate donors for example.
We are an organization dedicated to our mission. To change the negative direction a child using positive attributes. We are a place children will feel a sense of belonging, pride, love, nurturing and support WHILE infusing the arts into their lives. Our program supports STEM. Our program indeed turns STEM into STEAM. Adding the key element that makes a child wonder in amazement (sometimes) but more to the point, gleams with pride, in a sense of accomplishment and becomes keenly aware of more creative approaches to learning in every aspect of life.
We’re not changing, but we’ve seen throughout the year’s phenomenal changes in our young people, changes, that positively impact them for the rest of their lives. YOUR desire to make a difference through your giving to Metropolitan is far reaching and creates vast opportunity to inspire for years to come.
The challenge we face, are the many children we see you are seeking an chance, a sense of belonging. A sense of well-being, our challenge is very simply that our budget needs to expand to address the need.
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