Joan Parr

Scotland, Interim Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland

Joan is Interim Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland, the national agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. Previous posts include Head of Education for the Scottish Arts Council, education officer at the National Galleries of Scotland, education officer at Edinburgh Castle and education officer for heritage, visual and performing arts at Falkirk Council. She has also held positions in embassies in West Africa and the Middle East as well as a year in Mumbai and the Punjab. Joan is a graduate from Edinburgh University with an MA honours degree in history and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Dundee University.

Her current remit includes a national strategic overview of creative learning, the national Creative Learning Plan, the development of the national youth arts strategy and the delivery of national programmes such as the Youth Music Initiative and CashBack for Creativity.

As well as being the current chair of the ITAC Collaborative, Joan is also the current president of ACEnet, a network of European policy makers She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and the Royal Geographical Society.

She has served on numerous boards and committees concerned with the arts, learning and young people including Young Scot, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young People Committee. She is passionate about the value of the arts and creativity as part of fulfilled, healthier, happier individuals and communities.

Leadership Committee

Yonglun Liu

Singapore, ITAC Chair

Joan Parr

Scotland, Interim Director, Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland

Grace Gachocha Nakaka

Tanzania, Teaching Artist & Co- Director of Talanta Tano Organization

Eric Booth

USA, Teaching Artist Advocate and Author

María Claudia Parias

Colombia, Executive President of Fundación Nacional Batuta

Jean E. Taylor

USA, Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education

Ines Sanguinetti

Argentina, Fundación Crear Vela La Pena

Chrissie Ruckley

Scotland, Creative Learning Officer for Creative Scotland

Marit Ulvund

Norway, Director of Seanse ArtCenter

Chen Alon

Israel, Theatre Activist, Director and Scholar

Brad Haseman


Jahyun Kim

Korea, KACES

Daniel Mora-Brito

Venezuela/ Switzerland, International Development Practitioner

Clothilde Cardinal

Canada, Head of Programming at Place des Arts

Simon Sharkey

Scotland, Director


Madeleine McGirk

ITAC Managing Director

Aislinn Ryan

Project Manager ITAC IMPACT: Climate

Laurel Toyofuku

Communications Manager

Caryn Cooper

Leadership Development Specialist


Jessica Howarth

Art Jewelry/Crafting, UK (Scotland)

Clara Bloomfield

Theatre, UK (Scotland)

Mary Schwarz

Artworks Alliance, UK

Jeannette Brossart

Mosaic Artist, USA

Peter Atsu Adaletey

Theatre/Dance/Poetry, Ghana

Lynne Pace Green

Theatre, USA

Amanda Acevedo

Theatre, USA

Carol Ponder

Art for Healing, USA

Sangeeta Isvaran

Dance/Storytelling, India (Chennai)

Victoria Ryle

Creative Learning, Australia (Tasmania)

Zdenka Brungot Svitekova

Dance/Theatre, Slovakia/Czech Republic

Jill Massie

Dialect/Theatre, USA

Christiana Afrikaner

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