Amelia Barton, Executive Director
Amelia has an individual studies master’s degree in arts education from the University college of University of Memphis. She is a former teacher of twenty years, the last ten as a CLUE teacher with Memphis City Schools, former Vice President for Arts Education at the Greater Memphis Arts Council and past. Currently Mrs. Barton is Executive Director of DeltaARTS, an adjunct professor of Aesthetic Education at the University of Central Arkansas, and owner of Arts Advantage Consulting. Speaking and presentation engagements include Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts Institute, Hong Kong Arts Center, Birmingham Aesthetic Education Institute, the Lincoln Center National Educators Workshop, Florence County School District in South Carolina, Memphis City and Shelby County Schools, and the Covington Arts Integrated Academy. Her community involvement includes West Memphis Rotary, Leadership Memphis, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Rotary Club Board of Directors (Paul Harris Fellow), and Cotton Museum of Memphis Board of Directors. Mrs. Barton also composes and performs children’s songs including Rockin’ with the Raisins and Mastering the Masters through Music, a collection of original pieces based on the impressionist painting collection at Dixon Gallery and Gardens.
Becky Bland, Capital Campaign Coordinator
Raegan Cook, Finance and Administrative Director
Raegan graduated from Christian Brothers University with a BA in Religion and Philosophy and went on to receive her MBA from University of Memphis. She formerly worked in development for the Memphis Theological Seminary and Ballet Memphis. She spent her youth volunteering behind the scenes at Theatre Memphis and Harrell Theatre. She currently serves on the Alumni Board for CBU, as secretary, and on committees for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’s Give365 program, and fosters dogs through Alive Rescue Memphis.
Kelly Pouncey, Development & Marketing Director
Kelly graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in History and English Literature. She worked in the education departments of several museums, including Fernbank Natural Science Museum in Atlanta, and the Pink Palace Museum and the Children’s Museum of Memphis before transitioning to fundraising at the Children’s Museum. Her community involvements include Junior Auxiliary of Crittenden County (former Treasurer and Finance Chair), West Memphis High School Band Boosters (current Treasurer), the Crittenden County Library Board (former President), Community Bible Study (current Children’s Director), and tutor with the Memphis Dyslexia Foundation.
Alex Smith, Artistic Director
Alex has served in many capacities at DeltaARTS including Executive Assistant, Crittenden Youth Theatre Coordinator, and Marketing Director. Alex is a former English, journalism, and drama teacher who earned her BA in Journalism from The University of Alabama and her MAT in Instructional & Curriculum Leadership from The University of Memphis. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Public Administration for Non-profit Management. She has been trained in both the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center models of instruction as a teaching artist. She grew up in Marion/West Memphis and performed in Crittenden Youth Theatre.
Jayme Stokes, Programs Director
Jayme is a performing and teaching artist with a concentration in ballet. She has participated in innovative workshops through the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center teaching models, including Arts Integration. Ms. Stokes has the capability to engage students in any environment spanning various age groups and ability levels. Her classes are designed to develop musicality, and technique as well as poise, self-confidence, the value of hard work and awareness. Most recently, Ms. Stokes served as a fellow in the award-winning ArtsMemphis Community Engagement Fellowship in 2016 (Robert E. Gard Award/Americans for the Arts). The fellowship was an opportunity to learn more about the field of arts-based social change and how the arts can be a tool to remedy social challenges, while transforming lives and communities.