FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Jane Sawyer is the founder and director of Cook County Arts Collective and Assistant Director of Community Engagement at Hyde Park School of Dance. She is a graduate of The Ailey School Professional Division in New York and holds a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Ms. Sawyer trained and performed with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater between 2011-2017, and she is the primary facilitator of Cook County Arts Collective programming.
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Allyson Ratliff is Associate Artistic Director and Director of Outreach at the Hyde Park School of Dance, where she also serves as a senior ballet instructor. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cook County Arts Collective since its founding in 2018.
Ms. Ratliff has a Master of Arts Management degree with a focus on performing arts. She has studied dance at the University of Arizona in Tucson and the Washington Ballet in Washington DC. Ms. Ratliff has taught at the School of Ballet Chicago, where she instructed classes in ballet and creative movement and served as an integral part of Ballet Chicago's inner city outreach program. She has also served as Ballet Mistress for Expressions Dance Theatre and Rhythm Street in Washington DC.
Patricia Cloud serves as the administrator of the Cook County Arts Collective. She has over 30 years of experience in management and project support and has served as a professional librarian at Northwestern University, The Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, and The Center for Research Libraries. She has worked as a survey researcher and in management and project support at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC at the University of Chicago) and at Mathematica Policy research.
Ms. Cloud has served since 2011 as a regular volunteer at the Cook County Department of Corrections, leading teams conducting worship at Division 8RTU and as a volunteer with Chicago Votes in registering detained voters and assisting in the conduct of absentee voting by detainees.
Ms. Sawyer holds a B.A in Human Development and Learning from UIC’s College of Education, and she is a graduate of The Ailey School’s Professional Division. She’s worked extensively with early learners in several roles at the Chicago Children’s Museum and as a faculty member at the Hyde Park School of Dance. She is currently a Pilates apprentice with Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC). Ms. Sawyer teaches Pilates for adults through HPSD’s virtual schedule, and she offers private lessons as well. firstname.lastname@example.org