Blake received both his M.A. in Teaching and B.A. in Anthropology from East Carolina University, and is currently coaching in Eastern North Carolina. As a School Reform Initiative (SRI) Facilitator and Teacher-consultant with the National Writing Project, he is committed to educational equity and excellence, by supporting transformational learning communities in schools. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and recently co-authored the book, Rethinking Classroom Design: Create Student-Centered Learning Spaces for 6-12th Graders.
Blake is particularly interested in the intersection of art and social justice, and believes the fine arts should act as a vehicle to spark dialogue and change. In 2012, he spearheaded The Cogs & Wheels Project as an ongoing initiative for confronting local and relevant 21st century challenges through the fine arts. This project was organized into a series of interactive exhibits that raised awareness across various social themes. He has been involved with the Craven Arts Council & Gallery since 2011, and held the office of Vice President prior to becoming President.