Milton Bowerman, Board Member

Long-time member Milt joined the Board in 1994. He is a working musician and a retired music teacher. Along with Ed Keller, he developed and managed the youth music competitions in Hayward for many years. He was instrumental in developing the Hayward Honor Band. As a response to the dwindling focus on music in the school district, Milt helped get a grant and rallied music teachers to develop the first Hayward Band and Orchestra Festival, which has been part of the Alameda County Art IS Education program. He is teacher and camp director of the Hayward La Honda Music Camp, directs a community swing band for Castro Valley Adult School, and is Board Member for YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, which promotes music, art and camping for youth.

 Winda Shimizu, Executive Director

Winda is Executive Director of the Hayward Arts Council and Curator of the Sunset Gallery at Hayward Center/Adult School where the HAC office is located. In March 2018 Winda was inducted in the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame for Culture and Art.  As a commissioner for the Alameda County Arts Commission, she is devoted to exhibit the work of young artists in Alameda County. She has also been working with a committee of Hayward schools’ staff, teachers, parents, and patrons of the arts to develop a Master Visual and Performing Arts Plan, so all students have access to first-rate arts education. She is the Arts Now Leader supporting the HUSD with the VAPA plan. She is bilingual and bicultural in Spanish and English with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Public Affairs. Winda is the former President of A.R.T., Inc. (Artists Relaxing Together), a non-profit art organization based at the Adobe Art Gallery in Castro Valley. She chaired the Creative Writing Workshop and the Poetry and Art Show for middle and high school students at the Castro Valley Library while in the board of the Castro Valley Educational Foundation (CVEF). Winda often is a contributing writer for the CV Forum and Tri City Voice newspapers. She is member of the CV Chapter of Dinning for Women ( Her photography has been shown at Foothill Gallery, Adobe Art Gallery, and John O’Lague Galleria. Winda is passionate about promoting the work of local artists to enrich community life.