Dani is an interdisciplinary artist. Dani had her first professional art exhibit at the Count Basie Theater when she was 9 years old. Since then, she has exhibited and published her work in various local and national shows, digital and print media, has produced for commissions, and collections including State-wide juried Exhibitions, the Zimmerli Museum, National Women’s Art Exhibition, Ocean Arts & Film Festival, Center for Visual Arts, Art Alliance Gallery, Shore Institute for Contemporary Arts, Newark School of Arts, Rutgers University Art Galleries, MassArt Galleries. Commissions include murals at the Monmouth County Library and the New Jersey School of Music. In 2007, she was asked to design the set for the world premier of 6.9.11 Lies. She sells her own designs and hand-fabricated designs through Dani SK Jewelry. Publications include Bateau Press and Viralcats online Journal.
Dani Schechner has 16 years combined experience in arts and educational leadership. She has taught varied public, charter, and private schools, community centers, state youth rehabilitation centers, and colleges. Her expertise includes UDL, active learning, STEAM, arts integration, integrated arts and environmental education. She has served as a Special Education teacher and general education teacher, earning the 2013 Big Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has also worked in program management roles propelling high quality arts programming and community development for multi-generational audiences. Dani enjoys creating a culture that nurtures skill development, creativity, problem solving, inquiry, inclusion, joy, holistic individual and community growth, and activating each artist’s internal volition, passions, and strengths. She’s also the Director/Founder of Greater Boston Practice for Educational Empowerment provides consultative services and professional development. She has a Masters in Educational Studies from Tufts University with a focus on art pedagogy, educational policy, special education and multicultural praxis. She has a postgraduate studies in General Elementary & Special Education, a BFA in Studio Arts from Mason Gross School of Arts, a degree on Women’s & Gender Studies from Rutgers University with a focus on Epistemology, Art History, Visual Culture, and Postcolonialism, AA in Liberal Arts with a focus on Literature and Environmental Science, Community Action Certificate, Certificate in Ethical Leadership, and varied professional trainings in the field of educational psychology. In 2016 she studied at the Institute for Women’s Leadership where she designed and facilities community art and development programs.