Jackie J. Szafara
I have been working directly for the foundation since 2001 and was named the Executive Director in 2009. I bring twenty years of outside experience in the marketing and advertising industry to the NAP. My responsibilities include overseeing all venues across the country, finding new venues, speaking on behalf of the NAP and website development and implementation and am always actively involved in seeking potential new venues to add to the program.
We now have exhibits in many hospitals and airports in addition to the many cities across the country. With the evolution of social media, there has never been a more exciting time for artists across the country. Particularly for the amateur artist, of which 65% of our participants are, it is so easy to share your talent with others. We have seen a dramatic increase in artists sharing their Instagram photos with us, liking our content on Facebook, and we now have thousands of artists who have uploaded their profile and portfolios to our website gallery section (for free!). It is an exciting time for us here and for the encouragement of artistic talent.
I reside in Villanova, PA with my husband. I'm a very active individual so you'll find me outside playing paddle, tennis or golf when I'm not in the office.
Maren C. Reid
Director of Operations
I attended York College of Pennsylvania, where I majored in Graphic Design, minored in both Fine Art and Art History and graduated with honors. In 2007, after a successful career in event planning, I rekindled my passion for the arts and joined the National Arts Program Foundation.
As the Director of Operations, I manage budgetary affairs and ensure that day-to-day operations run smoothly. I assist the President and Executive Director with overseeing and managing all aspects of the foundation while also providing direct support to NAP venue coordinators at our exhibits across the nation.
I currently live in Chester County with my husband and two children. Like many of us I feel that finding time to explore my creativity can often take a backseat to many of life’s demands. I am proud that the National Arts Program Foundation encourages people from all walks of life to carve out time in their schedules to produce art and to get their families involved in the visual arts.