Director of Education and Public Programs
Tamar Smithers is a professional actress, singer, arts administrator and educator. She has over 10 years of experience in the arts administration and higher education field. As Director of Education and Public Programs for NMAAM she is instrumental in creating culturally specific programs and curriculum for all ages. In this role, she is committed to arts engagement and audience development and oversees all educational programming while developing and fostering relationships with local schools, sponsors, and other non-profit organizations both locally and nationally. Tamar has served as Secretary for the Eastern Great Lakes chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and currently serves on AAAM’s Membership Committee. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and also a member of Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., a business and professional organization. Tamar holds a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University as well as an M.S. in Arts Administration and C.A.S. in Higher Education Leadership from Le Moyne College. She is a community minded person and has a true passion for mentoring and being a positive role model for our youth. Tamar is eager to encourage our young people to believe that no matter what their circumstances may be if they continue to pursue their dreams anything is possible!