Vice President of Education and Outreach
Candy Schneider is six months shy of being a native Nevadan and currently serves as Vice President of Education and Outreach for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Candy’s entire professional career has focused on arts education and the power of the arts to engage and inspire young people. She has worked diligently to build relationships with national and community networks to increase access to the arts.
Candy joined The Smith Center nearly six years prior to its opening to begin developing the educational programming to help realize the center’s goal of making education the center of its mission. In March 2012, Candy was part of the original leadership team that oversaw the official opening of The Smith Center.
Prior to joining The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in 2006, Candy worked for the Clark County School District for 33 years, first as a visual arts teacher, then as the administrator of the visual arts, and finally as the assistant director in the School-Community Partnership Program.
Over the years, Candy has served on a variety of local, regional, and national boards and committees including the Getty Center for Arts Education, Kennedy Center Partners in Education Advisory Committee, Las Vegas Arts Commission, Nevada School of the Arts, and the Discovery Children’s Museum.
Appointed by three different Governors, Candy served three consecutive terms on the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) and as Board Chair for five of her 12 years of membership. During her tenure on the NAC, Candy worked to increase support for arts education, individual artists, arts organizations, and access to the arts for citizens throughout Nevada.
In 2010, The Smith Center joined with the Clark County School District and the City of Las Vegas to participate in the Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Initiative. Candy serves as the liaison for this ongoing local collective impact initiative, which unites community arts resources and advocates for equity and access to the arts for young people in Southern Nevada. Candy also served as a national facilitator for the Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Initiative network of 27 communities across the United States.
Candy’s dedication to the arts has not gone unnoticed. In March of 2007, Candy was awarded the Nevada Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association, and in 2008, she was honored at Nevada Governor’s Arts Awards for Distinguished Service in the Arts. In 2014, the Kennedy Center’s National Committee for the Performing Arts recognized Candy with their Arts Advocacy award, and in 2020, she was honored with the Dean’s Medal of Recognition from the UNLV College of Fine Arts.