Mary Brenholts

Director of Artists in Schools & Communities

Mary Brenholts (she/her) has over thirty-five years of experience in the arts, education, arts in education, and community artmaking as an artist, teaching artist, and administrator. She is Director of Artists in Schools & Communities at PCA&M where her department provides high quality arts in education services, programs and resources to thousands of participants each year as the regional Arts in Education Partner for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts serving Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties.

Mary, who has worked with hundreds of Pittsburgh area artists over the years, has developed a reputation as a passionate advocate for arts in education, as well as for the quality of her work and groundbreaking practices in program and project development. Bringing her experiences as an artist, administrator, and educator to all her endeavors, she has fostered relationships between and among teaching artists, educators, principals, administrators, organizations, and communities that support transformative arts experiences in schools and community settings.

Mary received a BA in Liberal Arts from the Pennsylvania State University and an MS in Education from Duquesne University. She previously served as a trustee on the board of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, as president of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, and as a director on the board of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. Complementary to her love of the arts, Mary also brought innovative thinking and creative experiences to social/human service agencies in sw PA.

Mary was awarded the 2019 Governor’s Award for Arts Leadership & Service by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.