Program Staff

Dana Reed  | Executive Director  | Dance

Dana M. Reed is the Executive Director of Upturn Arts, an organization she founded in New Orleans 2010 as an offshoot of Hope Stone-Houston, and which operated under that name until 2015.   She graduated with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education (2003). Her professional career has been dedicated to dance, as evidenced by her work as a master dance educator with notable worldwide institutions, including her long tenure as Director of the Youth Arts Program at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine (2001-2014), Nightingale Bamford School in New York City (2006-2009), Cikal School in Jakarta, Indonesia (2008), and Tulane University in New Orleans (2012).  Among Ms. Reed’s honors are being named “One of the Top Ten to Watch” (2013) by New Orleans Magazine, and “Cultural Ambassador of New Orleans” (2012) by Ashe Cultural Arts Center. She also was awarded performance residencies from the French Market Corporation (2013); the Marigny Opera House, and Southern Voices, New Orleans (2012); Chen Dance Center, New York City (2009); and, artistic residency at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Indonesia (2008 and 2013).  Dana Reed’s dynamism and the progress of Upturn Arts also was acknowledged by Propeller, the New Orleans social entrepreneurship hub, when she was accepted into their 2015 Propeller Accelerator Start-Up, limited to 30 community leaders.

Email: dana@upturnarts.org


Jade Coates | Program Coordinator | Performing Arts

I consider myself an artist because I can help create a world that we want to live in. I support #Artsforall by sharing my talents with others to create a new generation of artists.

Email: jade@upturnarts.org


Erin Doherty | Project Manager | Visual Arts

I consider myself an artist due to a constant hunger to create thought-provoking works that ignite emotions within and inspire viewers. I support #ArtsForAll by striving to help youth develop creative skills that will allow students to grow, not only in the arts but in other aspects of life. She strives to create a safe, supportive creative space to nourish the souls of our diverse community here in New Orleans.

Email: erin@upturnarts.org


Jade Johnson | Registration Manager | Visual Arts

I consider myself an artist because I encourage creative innovation in the classroom as well as my own practice.

Email: registration@upturnarts.org


Christine Todd | Grants Coordinator | Dance

I support #ArtsForAll by creating a safe and supportive studio culture where students can become competent at seeking and sharing knowledge.

Email: christine@upturnarts.org