DANELLE McManus is a graduate of the University of Windsor B.F.A. Music Theatre Program. She has worked extensively throughout Ontario over the past twenty years as both a performer and a teacher. Danelle has combined her love of the arts with her love of children to develop and nurture our quality arts programming. She believes passionately in using the arts to promote self-confidence and self-esteem and strives to ignite the imagination of every child who participates in the Arts Express programs.
Danelle began her journey with Arts Express as a teacher in 2000, working for the original two founders of the company. Over the next few years, circumstances presented opportunities for Danelle to become the sole shareholder in the company and she has nurtured it along with her own vision and determination since 2004.
Since then, Danelle has forged Arts Express into a social enterprise with a laser-like focus on the arts to the benefit of elementary school children. Milestones that have been achieved since taking over management of the company include:
- Expanding Arts Express into Peel, Durham, York, Halton, and Ottawa regions with talented Regional Coordinators leading the way
- Significantly broadening the menu of arts-related services offered to school communities, including a Literacy Storytelling series, Managing Meanness by Cultivating Kindness workshops, Tackling Anxiety and Stress through Arts and Mindfulness (TASAM™} workshops, and daycare enrichment programs in the arts
- Expanding the reach of Arts Express to tens of thousands of children every year
- Establishing a Partnership Agreement with the Toronto District School Board
The company’s success has been driven not only by innovation and focus, but also on the deep commitment to quality programming that is never compromised. Danelle has been blessed with the talents of many, many artist/educators over the years who have significantly contributed to the company’s achievements and reputation in the communities it serves, not to mention the lives of children it has enriched through the arts.