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. Harlan has worked in the field of arts integration for 38 years. Beginning with Kansas City Young Audiences, Inc in 1984, he leads residencies for students K-12, presents workshops for teachers, and has lead training seminars for teaching artists nationwide. Since 2002, Harlan has been a National Teaching Artist with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
He holds a BFA degree in dance with an emphasis in performance and choreography and a MA in Educational Research and Psychology. In 2019, Mr. Brownlee joined the Focus 5 team and that same year was awarded a Young Audiences National Residency Teaching Artist Credential.
Dance and creative movement are highly engaging and support modeling in the sciences. Harlan has been a presenter for Project Lead the Way’s (PLTW) National Conferences and specializes in the integration of STEM curriculum with creative movement and dance. Harlan has been an adjunct professor for Rockhurst University’s School of Education and the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Education and is a past Associate Editor for the Teaching Artist Journal.
For 13 years, Harlan choreographed and danced for City in Motion Dance Theater, a professional dance company that toured the Midwest and was featured at the World Expo in1992 in Seville, Spain.