For the first time in four decades, a new director has been named to the Mercy Center of the Arts.
Amy Bauschard, director of Mercyhurst University's Carpe Diem Academy and adjunct instructor of early childhood education, has officially taken over the day-to-day operations, replacing former director Sister Catherine Edward Delaney, RSM, administrator and co-founder of the Mercy Center of the Arts, 444 E. Grandview Boulevard.
Earlier this year, the Mercyhurst Department of Education forged a new cooperative agreement with the Mercy Center of the Arts in an effort to enhance clinical experiences for early childhood majors while continuing the center's legacy of offering vibrant, arts-based preschool education for the Erie area's PreK children.
In collaboration with The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West and the current staff at the Mercy Center of the Arts, Mercyhurst assisted in the hiring of Bauschard. The opportunity for the collaboration arose when Sister Catherine approached the university prior to announcing her plans to resign. The center under Sister Catherine’s direction has been delivering arts-based education to enhance the growth and development of young children in the Erie region for more than 42 years.
“The Mercyhurst University Department of Education is most pleased that the Mercy Center Board of Directors and Sisters of Mercy approved Bauschard for this position,” said Leanne Roberts, associate dean of the Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Mercyhurst. “We have seen her do wonderful things with the Carpe Diem Academy. She clearly understands early childhood education and is well-suited to move the Mercy Center of the Arts forward.”
In addition to her role in the Carpe Diem Academy, a position Bauschard will continue fulfilling, and her two years as an adjunct instructor, Bauschard has more than six years of teaching at the early childhood level. She has also earned her master’s in curriculum and instruction with principal certification and a reading specialist certificate.
Her role as the director of the Mercy Center of the Arts includes overseeing daily operations, increasing awareness of the program, as well as enrollment and developing new educational programs.
“As the new director, I plan to continue the mission set forth by Sister Catherine, a foundation that is very strong,” said Bauschard. “The center's mission focuses on awakening the wonder of our children through the arts. In my role, I'm hoping to enhance program options while also increasing the community’s awareness of the center. At the same time, I am pleased to be able to provide a unique experience for current Mercyhurst education majors.”
Mercyhurst University President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., said the new arrangement will not only continue the center’s time-honored mission but “provide a vibrant educational laboratory that will train and educate our future PreK teachers.”
Meanwhile, current Mercy Center of the Arts faculty Cathy Dugan, Debbie Lindvay and Farhat Azam will continue in their teaching positions.
For additional information, contact Roberts at 814-824-2448.
Mercy Center of the Arts Open House
Mercy Center of the Arts, 444 E. Grandview Blvd., invites parents and preschoolers (ages 3-5) to a summer open house on Thursday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Families can meet new director Amy Bauschard and the faculty, tour the facilities, ask about scholarships and enjoy refreshments.
The Mercy Center prepares children for kindergarten with a unique and affordable preschool curriculum featuring art, music, dramatic movement and science. Students also benefit from interaction with Mercyhurst education students, dancers from Lake Erie Ballet and residents of Mercy Terrace Apartments.
For more information, visit the center's website or call 824-2519.