Betty J. Rowen, an early childhood education professor at the University of Miami, had a passion for dance and fine arts. Dr. Rowen taught at Miami from 1969 to 1985 and founded and ran the Harmony Creative Arts Center from 1977-1992. She incorporated her love for dance and movement when teaching young children believing, and her research shows art opens children’s learning receptors and unlocks their imaginative and creative potential.
Dr. Rowen received her degree from Columbia University and authored numerous journal articles regarding early childhood education and development. She is listed in the Who’s Who of American Women consecutively from 1973-1980 and again in 2002. The NWSA, New World School of the Arts, gives an annual scholarship in her name.