Jai McClendon Jones
Founder & Executive Artistic Director
Awarded for her artistic prowess, Atlanta native Jai McClendon Jones is the Visionary & Artistic Director of award-winning performing arts training & development brand, AREA, Atlanta’s Resource for Entertainment & Arts LLC. Touting locations in Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL with a non-profit 501c(3) vertical, AREA Non-Profit, Inc., Jai celebrates over two decades of serving the Atlanta community, and has forged a legacy and trademark of excellence, cultivating talented youth impacting the industry, and the development of strategic partnerships with Atlanta Public Schools, The Weber School (Jewish Community High School), Boys & Girls Club of America, Girl Scouts of America, Kenny Leon’s True Color Theater Company, La Danse Noire, Dunham Institute of Atlanta, National Black Arts Festival, Living Your Art, and global artist, India.Arie to name a few.
A renowned choreographer for television, commercial, and stage, Jai is regularly tapped by corporations, organizations, record labels, managers and celebrities to provide artist development, choreography, performance creation, and/or instruction around metropolitan Atlanta and throughout the United States. Labeled as having the “Midas Touch”, Jai’s keen attention to detail and ability to bring the artistic talents out of any project or student at hand has marked her as this generation’s true Artistic trailblazer! She has also created one of a kind performing arts curriculums, performances, and, artistically-based outreach programs focusing on mentorship, training, and leadership with over twenty organizations, public and/or charter schools in GA and AL adopting these programs. Jai’s and AREAs impact in the performing arts exceed 50,000+ youth!
Jai leads the Organization’s initiatives and responsible for overseeing the artistic and business leadership of AREA including: artistic direction, planning, fiscal controls, raising funds, and promoting AREAs organizational activities of education and outreach. Thus, her strategic plan and goals areas of AREA: Community Engagement, Sustainability, Artistic Diversity, Development & Training, and Visibility dictate a true vision of growth and long-term success for this ever-growing Organization!
A veteran of the arts and entertainment industry as a Director, Choreographer, Instructor, Consult, and Philanthropist; BS Degree in Business (Marketing); Certificate in Arts Administration & Leadership; 28+ years of Training & Professional Development; Member of renowned Arts organizations; Served on adjudication panels, Jai offers a solid analytical and creative vision, professionalism, and “one of a kind” supporting facility that provide for a fusion of arts and business acumen at its best!