“As a person who has worked for decades in the area of arts education, I can attest that there are few individuals with Niel’s combination of talents, and literally only a handful who are devoting their lives to the education of young individuals. Oregon is lucky to have such an individual in residence.”

Dr. Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor in Cognition & Education at Harvard University


Hello & Welcome. I’m Niel DePonte, President of DePonte Creativity Partners. In 2020, I stepped down from my position as the Executive Artistic Director and founder of the education non-profit Cognizart, by MetroArts Inc (MAI) after 29 years. We did great work at MAI, creating arts education and creativity education programs for at risk kids, presenting outstanding young artists in concert, and working with teachers and non-profits on integrating the arts into the classroom. And I plan to continue my work in an even more customized way through DePonte Creativity Partners (DCP)!


If you need to work with a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to develop programming for schools, corporations, or the general public ranging from curriculum development focused on creativity, designing activities in arts education and creativity for your own non-profit or corporation, consulting on strategic planning and board development for non-profits, or producing performances or concerts free to the public, DCP is the partner you have been looking for. In addition, DCP looks to directly support young musical artists in their quest to achieve excellence both artistically and academically.


The beauty of DCP is that it allows me to search for partners who want to make a difference in the lives of kids and families through the arts as well! I am always looking to collaborate with funders, organizations, and individuals who enjoy commissioning new works in music, promoting arts education, producing public concerts, and developing interesting projects in the arts, creativity, or education where someone with my background and expertise can “make it happen.” If you prefer to work with a for-profit organization, DePonte Education and Entertainment LLC specializes in creativity education, strategic consulting for arts organizations, concert production, and so much more.

If you prefer to work with our for profit organization please go to DePonte Education & Entertainment for more information.

As a non-profit, IRS designated 501(c)(3) corporation, DCP can receive tax deductible donations to support its work.


We partner with corporations and foundations that can only do so with non-profit corporate partners.

Arts Education

Furthering arts education opportunities for children and adults, including funding opportunities for young artists in various disciplines to advance their studies or careers and producing video projects to aid teachers in the classroom.


Producing public concerts that educate and entertain audiences, often for free or reduced ticket prices for students, seniors, and disadvantaged populations.

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