My Story

Lori Phillips Ed.D.

Dr. Lori Phillips currently serves as the Director of the Pacific Center for Arts and Humanities in Education, at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) in Honolulu. PREL is a non-profit educational research laboratory that strives to connect educational research with sound teaching and learning practices.  PREL serves Hawaii, American Samoa, and Micronesia.

Under her leadership, the Center, created in October 1997 offers professional development in the arts and humanities education. She currently leads at least five grants from NOAA, NEA, Hawaii DOE, and the National Science Foundation. She is responsible for authoring the “Pacific Island Alphabet Series,” children-created image books in 14 Pacific languages, and “Island Worlds,” a film and curriculum about art of the Pacific. Dr. Phillips manages the National Endowment for the Arts Pacific Territories Programs, working with the arts councils throughout the Pacific. After receiving a masters degree in arts education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, she served as a professor of art education at Chaminade University and the University of Hawaii. In 2001, she was honored nationally as the outstanding arts educator of the year by the Rauchenburg Foundation.  For fun, Lori is currently lecturing and teaching art on Crystal, Cunard and Silversea Cruise lines.