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Chantrell M. Lewis

Award Winning Arts - Educator | Singer - Actor | Nonprofit Director | Best Selling Author 

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Chantrell M. Lewis, M.F.A., is a versatile arts educator, accomplished author, acclaimed researcher, and talented artist. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kent State University and a Master of Fine Arts from The University of California, Irvine, Lewis also holds certification as a specialist in the social-emotional development of youth from The University of California, Riverside. Renowned for her prowess in theatrical acting, classical singing, and performance poetry, Lewis has contributed her expertise as a Teaching Artist and Adjunct Professor across several esteemed educational theatre programs. These include Cleveland Public Theatre Education, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Dance Arts Academy, Orange County School of the Arts, The University of California, Irvine, and the Riverside Arts Council. Through these roles, Lewis meticulously crafts and delivers programs and curricula that prioritize literacy and other essential skills in accordance with state standards for visual and performing arts education. Notably, she also serves as the Executive Director of Jar of Sunshine Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to enhancing accessibility to literacy, wellness, and the arts in underserved communities. In 2023, Lewis garnered several prestigious accolades, including being designated a 2023-2024 CA Creative Corps Fellow and a 2023 Arts OC California Arts Council Emerging Artist Fellow. Additionally, she received a 2023 Community Engagement Grant and was honored as a recipient at the 23rd Annual Arts Orange County Awards. Embodying dedication and social innovation, Lewis champions the belief that everyone has the potential to accomplish their aspirations with determination and focus.

Dance Arts Academy Santa Ana, CA
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Chantrell Lewis serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Jar of Sunshine Inc. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was created to increase accessibility to literacy, wellness and the arts. Lewis is the author of five books, these books are sold in order to raise funds for her nonprofit Jar of Sunshine Inc. 

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