The D.R.A.W. (The Department of Regional Art Workers) is the arts education program of Kingston Midtown Arts District. The D.R.A.W. provides arts education programs for people of all ages, professional and creative development for local artists and a well-established youth workforce development program based in the arts called PUGG. The D.R.A.W. and PUGG were founded by and are led by Education Director Lara Giordano.
Lara Giordano, Founder/Education Director is an arts advocate, teacher, artist and community member. A retired Kingston High School teacher, she was instrumental in the design and implementation of arts driven interdisciplinary curriculum. As the Founder of the Dept. of Regional Art Workers (The D.R.A.W.) and of PUGG, she is at the center of expanding access to arts education for all in Kingston. Giordano has served on the Board of Women’s Studio Workshop, the City of Kingston Arts Commission and more and is on the Kingston Midtown Arts District Board of Directors.