Suzanne Joyal is a visual artist with extensive teaching experience, Suzanne holds a degree in Art History from Wellesley College, Suzanne is the founder of Purple Crayon Art Studio, a popular San Francisco art studio for children and families. Having created and directed Purple Crayon for over a decade, Suzanne sold the business in 2007.
Suzanne has spent most of her adult life working to improve the creative opportunities of all children, regardless of economic background. In this era when arts education has been effectively erased from California children's education, Suzanne is working with Youth in Arts, creating a new integrated arts curriculum for public school children.
Pro-Bono Executive Director, Give a Jumpstart, a non-profit, non-denominational organization of women dedicated to improving the welfare of children and their families in rural Zambia.
Suzanne was named Executive Director of Jumpstart in April 2009. She has traveled to Zambia eight times. Her work has included creating the text and overseeing the production of brochures and a new web site, developing assessment documents for women’s projects, instituting policies and procedures for a new organization, helping to form a new (local) nonprofit in Zambia to run a new Loan Program for Give a Jumpstart, and helping locals to form a center for the survivors of gander based violence, which now works with more than 60 clients per month.
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