Youth Arts & Outreach Coordinator
Aimé Kelly is the Youth Arts Coordinator for the Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) of Portland, Oregon. During her tenure, Aimé has worked to develop innovative techniques of theatrical play to create new ways to reach students in all art forms. She has been teaching and professionally inspiring play for fifteen years, igniting the infinite possibilities inherent in organized creative education, rousing not only joy but sparking a curiosity for language, arts, movement, and personal expression.
With her guidance, faculty members cultivate a process whereby students come to trust their creative impulses to explore, rather than simply following directions to construct prescribed art “products.” In 2012 Aimé spear-headed the opening of “Little Artists Preschool”, a center for high-quality, arts-focused early childhood education. Here her ideas about bringing the various art forms together into a unified experience at a young age are explored, tested, built, and rebuilt.
Widely recognized in the Portland area for her skills as a community builder, Aimé is Outreach Coordinator for all MAC programs. She has worked extensively in the schools and neighborhoods, with business and education leaders, to bring art to the streets, homes, basketball courts, schools and parks of Portland.
Aimé is the arts administrator and an ensemble member of the Shakespeare Liberation Army theatre troupe, taking original adaptations of Shakespeare’s work into Portland Public Schools and the community. She has worked as a professional voice actor both locally and internationally and also performed with the improvisational theatre group “The Light-Fingered Five,” and KBOO’s “The Sudden Radio Project.” Aimé has been involved in a large variety of dance and theatrical stage productions as a performer, director and designer. In 2006 she co-founded Twilight Repertory Theatre. She was an active member of The Committee for Audio Description in the Arts (CADA), a service for blind theatre patrons. Aimé holds Bachelor of Science degrees with honors, in Theatre Arts and Arts and Letters.