Staff


Phone: 201.567.1766

An exceptional, seasoned staff is dedicated to making the arts accessible and equitable to people of all ages and abilities.  
Meet the Arts Horizons team!  

 



Dena Isles, Executive Director

The Arts Horizons Board of Directors has appointed Mrs. Dena Isles as the Executive Director as of January 15, 2021, following her appointment as Interim Executive Director in October of 2020.  Mrs. Dena Isles will lead Arts Horizons into its 42nd year during this critical time when the arts are essential to education, health, and community recovery and well-being. Dena has been with the organization for over 12 years as Program Director of NYC Residencies and Special Populations. She is a dancer, educator, therapeutic recreation specialist as well as a seasoned and multi-faceted non-profit administrator with over 25 years of working in the field of disabilities services. Most recently, Dena completed her Executive Leadership Certificate in Arts and Culture Strategy with University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies.  Prior to Arts Horizons, Dena served as the Director of Day Habilitation Programs for adults with disabilities with a focus in curriculum development and crisis intervention and prevention. In her years with Arts Horizons, Dena has supported and resource our extraordinary team of teaching artists to ensure that our programs and practices are aligned with our core values; developing partnerships and strategy for over 100 annual artist-in-residence, professional development, family, community and now virtual programs that serve thousands of people in school, hospital and community-based settings. email dena at artshorizons dot org. ext. 108

Kiran RajagopalanDirector of NY Programs

Kiran is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator. Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States. While living in India from 2007- 2014, he organized free dance workshops and performances for underprivileged students in government (public) schools throughout the country. After returning to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in Performance Studies at NYU, he became a teaching artist in the New York public school system and conducted residencies for 3-8th graders which seamlessly integrate poetry, science, and/or reading comprehension with Bharatanatyam. He joined Arts Horizons in December 2016 as a program coordinator, and he serves as a liaison between the administrative team in the New Jersey office and the teaching artists and site coordinators for residencies. He also conducts site visits to assess and evaluate residencies. In 2020, Kiran joined Marymount Manhattan College as an adjunct faculty in the Dance Department.

Aside from his work in arts education, Kiran regularly conducts workshops, lectures, and demonstrations on Indian classical dance and science. His “NeuroArt” talks on aesthetics, performance, and neuroscience have been particularly appreciated. In addition, he is the founder and artistic director of Daya Arts which develops and produces cross-cultural and educative programs that are rooted in traditional West African and South Asian visual and performing arts.

 

Gloria PageProgram Manager of Performances

Gloria serves as the organization’s program manager with special emphasis on recruiting, supporting and managing assemblies and our roster of artists. She joined Arts Horizons in February 2008, managing Special Events such as our annual gala and Community Outreach at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem. She manages the school assemblies in NYC and NJ, plans special event performances, and markets our diverse programs in the arts. Gloria is bilingual and has extensive experience in sales and management. email gloria at artshorizons dot org. ext. 120

Stephanie Bostic, Manager of  NJ Programs         

Stephanie, who joined Arts Horizons in February 2018, serves as Manager of NJ Programs and Partnerships, working with schools, senior centers, camps, and libraries.  She began her career with the United States Tennis Association as a public relations assistant then assistant director of communications. Her responsibilities included managing all press relations for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, coordinating corporate participation to ensure that each company received maximum impact from their sponsorship, and arranging media appearances.  She also was a member of a small team that helped launch MSNBC and created the initial convergence between television and the Internet. 

 

In 1997, Stephanie founded Charly Productions, an event management and marketing company.  She has worked with many clients and projects, including for the last 23 years as the event manager of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.’s annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit in NYC. A native New Yorker, Stephanie was born and raised in Queens and has lived in Bergen County since 1988. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public communications from Boston University. She is the proud mother of a daughter, Charly Evon Simpson, an award winning playwright, TV writer, teacher, and performer in New York City. E-mail Stephanie at artshorizons dot org. ext. 114