Harlan Brownlee

Harlan understands the transformational power that the arts have to improve the quality of life for individuals and the community. He possesses a passion for the arts, guided by a disciplined approach to change. Brownlee has worked for 37 years in the arts education field as a performing artist, teaching artist, and an arts administrator.

Mr. Brownlee joined the Focus 5 team in 2019 and is on the Kennedy Center’s national touring roster for the Partners in Education program and the Changing Education Through the Arts program. He has conducted master classes, workshops, and residencies extensively in the Midwest and throughout the United States. Harlan was chosen as a presenter for Project Lead the Way’s National Conferences 2018 and 2019 and was awarded a 2019 Young Audiences National Residency Teaching Artist Credential.

In addition, he has designed and implemented hundreds of lesson plans in over 35 years of instructing a weekly class at Community School #1 that integrated dance and movement into the general curriculum with an emphasis on the subject areas of science and literacy. Harlan has been an adjunct professor for Rockhurst University’s School of Education and the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Education.

Mr. Brownlee received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was educated as a dancer and choreographer. His performance background includes work for 13 years as one of the Artistic Co-Directors with City in Motion Dance Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Brownlee received his MA in Educational Research and Psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and is a past Associate Editor for the Teaching Artist Journal.

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