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Our field is united by a shared belief that all people deserve access to quality learning opportunities in the arts throughout their lives. Arts education can be a powerful force for social good and human development and a vital asset in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Join more than 500 leaders from 300+ organizations nationwide as we explore ways to amplify our impact, increase demand and support for arts education, and transform our communities. The focus of this year’s conference—catalyzing positive change through arts education—has profound implications for all involved—staff, teaching artists, trustees, students, and our partners in other sectors. Through your participation, you’ll gain knowledge, relationships, and inspiration to advance your organization and shape the future.
Kevin T. Kirkpatrick, Senior Executive Vice President/Principal, Metropolitan Group, Chicago, IL
The value of the arts in our lives and educations has been well documented. Yet, arts programs are often the first to be cut and the last to be restored (if ever…). In response, arts advocates too often throw around data that succeeds mostly in “preaching to the choir” while failing to mobilize anyone who’s not already on board. Kevin will talk about a new strategy to build public will for the arts as a core component of our everyday lives, from how its framed to who needs to be engaged to make it a reality.
Past plenary sessions are available online! You can watch videos from our past three conferences. We've recently added the following keynote addresses from our 2013 Conference:
Building Smart Education Systems: Your Role in a Community-Wide Approach to Public Education
Catching Up to Kids: How Technology is Remaking Arts Education
Solomons Company/Dance Inc., New York, NY
"The conference is the best opportunity to stay in touch with what is happening in arts education nationally. I always come away inspired."
Community Arts Center
Photos Left to Right: RAW Art works, Lynn, MA; CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Los Angeles, CA (photographer: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle); Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Topanga, CA; Community Music Center, San Francisco, CA; New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis, TN, and Watts Towers, Los Angeles, CA.
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