2015 Seattle Schedule

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8:00am – 6:00pm
Tours and Workshops
Lunch by Region
Workshop Intensives

Summer Programs College Fair

8:00am – 7:30pm
Concurrent Sessions Round One
Concurrent Sessions Round Two
Concurrent Sessions Round Three
Membership Meeting and Recognitions

Reception and Student Performance

8:00am – 12:00pm
Concurrent Sessions Round Four
Conference Ends 12:00PM

ASN Board Meeting 1:00-5:00pm



Locations: Events begin at EMP Museum, 323 5th Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
Lunch and afternoon sessions at Cornish Playhouse and Campus at Seattle City Center, 201 Mercer St., Seattle, WA  98109

Breakfast on your own

8:00am-9:00am Registration
Location: EMP MUSEUM at the east side of Seattle Center in the Sky Church
(Registration resumes from 11:45am-6:00pm at Cornish Playhouse and Campus)

8:30-8:45am Opening General Session

Welcome and EMP Introduction
Rory Pullens, ASN President and Executive Director of Arts Education, Los Angeles County School District

Framing Seattle Arts Education
Bonnie Showers, EMP Curator of Education & Interpretive Services; Lara Davis, Arts Education Program Manager, City of Seattle

9:00am-12:00pm School Tours and Workshops (select one of six options)
Tours depart from EMP Museum


At Spruce Street School students of diverse ages and skills interact to master developmentally appropriate practices at their own pace in small, flexible groups. Students utilize downtown resources and infrastructure – libraries, parks, museums, transportation, and businesses – to anchor their learning in real world settings that are literally at the school’s doorstep. The school is a diverse environment of students, families, and staff. Every day, the staff strives to intentionally create a culture that fosters strong character, positive self-image, and a life-long excitement for learning.

Adams Elementary School is a small and personal school, with a very strong parent involvement and active community participation. Its students experience a myriad of enrichment opportunities and daily support, including a John Stanford Grant supporting a one-on-one tutoring program, an Intergenerational Innovations Grant which brings many elders into our school and an enriching relationship with the Ballard Family Center, and the Ballard Manor. The school offers several after-school activities such as Homework Club (with on-site reading and math tutors), Dance and Art Club, and After-School Sports, including the Tumbling, Jump Rope and Unicycle Clubs.


Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS) is a dynamic, urban prep school, grades 6-12 with a mission to “Prepare Students for College and Life.” We believe students learn best when relationships between students and faculty support a deep immersion into the Arts as an integral part the educational process. A school-wide “Culture of Performance” is deeply embedded throughout our Arts and Academic curriculum in a unique relationship which supports the development of the artist/scholar —all students are challenged to take risks in front of a variety of audiences, combining disparate skills in moments of action in order to learn and communicate complex ideas. Finally, we use the many partnerships we have built in our urban campus setting to enrich the curriculum, to develop students’ independence, and to build their understanding and respect for the diversity of people and cultures.


Tacoma School of the Arts‘ mission is to provide an urban center offering a creative path of learning, which emphasizes human expression through the visual and performing arts as central elements in academic achievement and lifelong endeavor. The school strives to stimulate higher-level thinking and problem solving, provide advanced training in the arts; prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century, incorporate experiential and innovative approaches to learning, and connect students to the larger community. (School is approximately a 45 minute shuttle bus ride from Seattle to Tacoma, WA, shuttle transportation is provided.)


Part 1. Tour Established in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts, the Pacific Northwest’s premier art college, offers BFA and BMu degrees in both the visual and performing arts.

Part 2. Washington Middle School Music Program presentation at Cornish College of the Arts:  Located in the heart of Seattle’s Central District on the musically historic Jackson Street, Washington Middle School is dedicated to continuing excellence and equity in music education. WMS Music serves a diverse and dynamic student body through thirteen daily music ensembles: four concert bands, four string orchestras, two choirs, one jazz band, one fiddle group, and one percussion ensemble. Students from every educational program and background are afforded the ability to participate, and more than half of the school’s population is enrolled in a music ensemble. Complimented by four after-school music offerings, its program is truly groundbreaking.


Part 1. Tour Established in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts, the Pacific Northwest’s premier art college, offers BFA and BMu degrees in both the visual and performing arts.

Part 2. Film + Media Program
Beginning in 2014/15, students interested in Film+Media can pursue studies in fiction, nonfiction, and experimental /emergent technologies. In this emphasis, the majority of class time will be spent in making a variety of media so students can graduate with a portfolio of work that includes pieces made individually as well as with a larger crew. Students focus on all aspects of preproduction, production, and post-production and graduate with a portfolio of work including pieces made individually and as a part of a larger crew.

With future-focused curriculum in modern facilities, courses are offered in video, film, and sound arts for a successful career in time-based media. Explore filmmaking, editing, videography, cinematic lighting, sound design, narrative, and non-narrative storytelling, documentary, and intermedia using a variety of exhibition formats.
The Institute of Emergent Technology + Intermedia (iET+I) fosters student research, activities, and projects in emerging technologies. In the tech-meets-arts environment that is Seattle, iET+I supports interdisciplinary projects through shared resources.

6. EMP MUSEUM WORKSHOP – Audio Arts: Creating Student Podcasts in STEM, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Music – Easily with GarageBand Software for the 21st Century
Kim Alessi, Teaching Artist, EMP (this workshop has a 25  maximum attendee limit)

Connect your classroom curriculum and core learning objectives with 21st century skills. Learn how the technology of podcasting can be integrated into your classroom, create an original podcast of your own, and walk away with a complete how-to manual for making podcasts on a Mac or Windows PC. Working in a collaborative team, you’ll choose from a list of STEM, Language Arts, and Social Studies topics – or brainstorm your own topic – to create an original podcast. Participants will use a Mac laptop and its onboard digital audio multi-track recorder, GarageBand, a couple of mics, and their creativity to put together a fun, engaging podcast that can be burned onto a CD or posted online to share.

10:00am-11:30am ASN Executive Officers Meeting 
Location:  Cornish Playhouse Founder’s Room

12:00-1:00pm Lunch – seating by ASN region (box lunch provided)
Location: Cornish Playhouse lobby at Seattle City Center
201 Mercer St., Seattle, WA  98109

1:00-5:00pm Workshop Intensives (select one of five options)

Location:  Cornish Playhouse Founders Room

Facilitators: David Flatley, Executive Director, and Lynne Pace Green, Director, Teaching Artist Development, Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Columbia College Chicago, IL
This session includes concise, creative slide show presentations from ASN arts school members on arts integration technology. In-depth group discussions will follow on the use of technology in arts integration and the challenges it presents. The federally funded initiative TEAM (Transforming Education through the Arts and Media) at Center for Community Arts Partnerships at the Columbia College Chicago will also be examined.  Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of Media Arts Integration: Reflections from the Field, the publication that resulted from the TEAM grant work.

Presenters and topics for discussion:

Fusion Fare: How Art & Technology Can Be Delicious!
Karen Steele, Principal, Suzanne Supplee, Literary Arts Department, George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology, Towson, MD

Integrating Technology and the Arts in Elementary School
Marly Parker, Drama/Literacy Specialist, Angela Heidgerd, Instructional Technology Teacher, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School, Waterbury, CT

Arts Alive through Technology….collaborate, enhance,enrich,engage!
Sue Sommer and Kimberly Smith, Teachers, North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, FL

Self Directed Art Projects in Intermediate/Middle/High Schools
Shannon Thiesen, Teacher – visual arts specialist, Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA) North Poplar, British Columbia, Canada

Primary (K-3) Learning the 21st Century Way Through the Integration of the Arts
Maralee Lincoln, Teacher Leader; Kristy Kaye, Krista Rutchmann, Chelaine Neufeldt, Krista Lanigan, Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA) North Poplar, British Columbia, Canada

2. CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: Program Innovation and New Models for Delivery of Arts-based Education
Location: Catch shuttle in front of Cornish Playhouse
1:15 – 2:15pm                        Campus Tour
2:30 – 4pm                             Presentation
Cornish Provost Moira Scott Payne and members of the academic leadership team will provide a comprehensive overview of the new curricular model being delivered at Cornish. The focus is on student-centered learning guided by a balanced approach to thinking and making, as well as rigorous conceptual inquiry and research. Cornish is the first in the country to introduce this model, which has been active in Europe for almost a decade.
Moira Scott Payne, Provost
Jeff Brice, Chair, Design Department
Dawn Gavin, Interim Chair of the Visual Arts
Star Rush, Associate Provost
Genevieve Tremblay, Design Faculty and Coordinator, Creative Corridor
4 – 5pm                                   Workshop
Curriculum Speed Dating
Join members of the Cornish academic leadership team in a curriculum speed dating session. What courses are you providing to your students? Perhaps there is a complimentary course at Cornish, allowing for alignment of learning from high school to college.

Location:  Playhouse Main Theater
Ralph Opacic, Ed.D., President and Executive Director, Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA
This workshop will provide a detailed overview of how to develop an effective fundraising program. Topics include: Developing a Strategic Plan, Branding, Board Development, Effective Public Relations/Marketing Strategies, Developing Effective Annual Fund Campaigns, Building a Development Team, and Community Outreach.

Guest Presenter, Grace Hong, Chief Development Officer, The Ellington Fund, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC
Learn how you can tell the story of your organization and create a compelling case statement for support.

(cap of 25)
Location: EMP Learning Labs
Nicola Conraths-Lange, Director of Comparative Arts, and Kedrik Merwin, D.M.A., Director of Music, Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI
At Interlochen Arts Academy we have seen the transformative benefits of breaking down our traditional silos and giving students and faculty greater opportunities to collaborate. This workshop will help define a collaborative approach, its benefits, and how we can make it a core value, seamlessly integrated into a school’s culture and part of the student experience.

Location: EMP JBL Theater
Part 1: Donn K. Harris, Executive and Artistic Director, Oakland School for the Arts; and Chairman, California Arts Council

An Overview of Exemplary Schools: Hear from a nationally recognized arts school leader about his school’s strategic evaluation of purpose, operations, plans, and educational programs. Principal will explain how he used this comprehensive information to plan for improvement, and the technical and tactical resources needed for ongoing renewal efforts.

Part 2: Una McAlinden, Una McAlinden Consulting, Bellevue, WA
Creating a Collective Focus to Advance Arts Learning – Developing your school’s capacity to teach the arts is a critical role for the instructional leader, and one you can’t do alone. To make sustainable progress, you must engage dynamic shared leadership within the school community that can develop and co-own a robust practical vision and action plan for change. Gain insights into tangible strategies for team building, vision development, and planning for student success. Identify some first steps you can apply back at school.

Part 3: Daryl Ward, Ph.D., Principal, and Barbara Erickson, Fund Development Director, Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland, FL
Funding the Dream: This session will present a case study of a small high school in a semi-rural district and how that school developed a fund development process. The study will offer insights to schools contemplating how to create successful fund development structures.

Part 4: Donn K. Harris, Executive and Artistic Director, Oakland School for the Arts; and Chairman, California Arts Council
Next Steps, Planning Ahead

4:00-6:00pm Summer Programs College Fair
Location:  Cornish Playhouse Lobby

  • Learn about exciting, innovative summer programs offered by a broad range of ASN Member colleges, schools and organizations in the U.S. and U.K.
  • Speak with admissions representatives from member universities, colleges, and conservatories.
  • Learn about the services of ASN member organizations and get a sneak peak at the 2016 ASN Conference in Dallas.

ASN Member Schools, Colleges, Conservatories, and Arts Education Organizations represented:

  • Acceptd
  • AICAD – Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design
  • Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
  • CalArts
  • California College of the Arts
  • California State Summer School Arts Foundation
  • College of Charleston School of the Arts
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • CulinArt
  • Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Lingo Tours
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • McNally Smith College of Music
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Savannah College of Art and Design – SCAD
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Minnesota, Guthrie BFA
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts
  • Webster University
  • YoungArts

Dinner on your own

Cornish Playhouse and Campus at Seattle City Center, 201 Mercer St., Seattle, WA  98109

Breakfast on your own

8:00am Registration continues

9:00-10:15am Plenary Session
Location: Playhouse Main Theater

Introduction of Conference host, Dr. Nancy Uscher, President, Cornish College of the Arts
by Donn Harris, ASN 2nd Vice President, Executive and Artistic Director, Oakland School of the Arts

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Tom Sherry, AIA, ASN Board Member, President, 313 Creative

Keynote:  The Role of Arts Research University: Technology as a Model for Change
Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan; Vice Chair, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities; Principal, MPdL Studio

The arts are an essential ingredient to interdisciplinary research, problem-solving and accelerating creative solutions to complex problems. Universities, public and private, have valued and fostered the role of arts in all aspects of education and research. As arts’ awareness, interest and funding models change, so must the role of arts at universities. Specifically, universities must recast how arts, including design and making, are engaged in the classroom and campus culture to foster their importance in academic and society. Arts inclusivity is key to making this happen.

To address how the research university can engage the arts, Ponce de Leon will discuss: – How technology integration inside and outside the classroom serves as a model for shifting how we think about the arts;
– How academic institutions are sharing information to uncover a new model; and
– How universities can model the role of arts in culture and society.

10:30-11:30am Concurrent Best Practices Sessions Round One (select one of six break-out sessions)

1. Low Hanging Fruit: Technology in the Arts for the Thrifty or Inexperienced
Location:  EMP Demo Labs

Scott Tatum, Assistant Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX
Don’t have a big tech budget? Scared of getting in over your head with tech that is too complicated? Explore the elegant and extraordinary uses of readily available and, often times, free technology in your galleries, theaters, concert halls, and classrooms. Demos and co-creation of possible projects included!

2. Combining Digital Media and Performance Art
Location: Playhouse Founder’s Room
Kelli Brown, Dance Educator, Idaho Arts Charter, Nampa, IDSession will look at methods of incorporating technology (film, live projections, lighting) into the creation of dance and performance arts. A short description and activities for classroom use will also be introduced.

3. Computing in the Arts
 Location: EMP JBL Theater
Carol Yarbrough, Computer Science Instructor, Brad Hill, Director of Curriculum/Instruction, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL
Computing is everywhere. Creativity, collaboration and computing in the context of modern life are key components of the new AP Computer Science Principles course. Students are learning to use computing as a tool to enhance their art and their understanding of the world they live in. The speaker will discuss teaching computing to student artists.

4. The Nuts and Bolts of Building a Music Technology Lab
Location: Fisher Pavilion A
Leah Stillman, Instrumental Music/Music Technology Teacher, Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School, New London, CT
This session would focus on what it takes to build a music technology lab to meet the needs of your school. It would include: possible vendors, budget, software across different grade levels, a diverse amount of lab ideas, training needs for staff, and uses for music technology labs in your arts school.

5. On Demand Performance Webcast and Next Generation Digital Archiving
Location:  EMP Learning Labs

Andrew Schmitt, Director of Information Technology, Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI
Come see how Interlochen created an on-demand performance webcast and learn how they are turning boxes of media into a next generation digital archive. Over the past few years, Interlochen has implemented two unique technology projects. The first is the groundbreaking automated video streaming solution, which allows anyone to instantly broadcast their performance online. The second is how Interlochen is tying decades of media into a next generation online archive.

6. The Technology of the Textbook: Perceptions of Textbooks and Technology in an Arts-Integrated School
Location: Fisher Pavilion B
Dr. Suzanne Windsor-Liscombe, Head Teacher, Confederation Park Education through the Arts Elementary School, British Columbia, Canada
Recent research at an arts-integrated elementary school highlights parent interviews and brings into discussion their perspectives on textbooks as learning resources. Ultimately the research reveals not only their opinions about textbooks, but also their expectations, and understandings about the arts and arts-integrated pedagogy.

11:30am-12:00pm ASN Past Presidents Meeting
Location: Playhouse Founder’s Room

11:30-1:30pm Lunch on your own
Optional tour of EMP Museum by education staff during lunch break, 12:15-1:15pm, $5 with ASN Conference discount coupon, 40 max, advance reservations required, more information will be provided to Conference registrants.

1:30-2:30pm Concurrent Best Practices Sessions Round Two (select one of six break-out sessions)

1. Art and Technology: Math and Technology meet Visual Arts.
Location: EMP JBL Theater
Gerald Clarke, Visual Arts Department Chair, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CA
During the past year, Idyllwild Arts Academy Visual Arts and Math faculty have collaborated on a class called, “Computer Design for Visual Artists”. Using different technologies, students are exposed to a variety of design software and encouraged to incorporate these practices in their studio assignments and individual creative exploration.

2. Hooray for Hollywood! Cinematic Arts at LACHSA
Location: Playhouse Founder’s Room
Mitzi Yates Lizàrraga, Principal, and Jon Artigo, Cinematic Arts Chair, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, CA
Moving pictures, film, television, videos are all venues for telling stories. Participants will learn how the Los Angeles County School for the Arts (LACHSA) began its cinematic arts program, learn about its curriculum and its local and international projects.

3. Digital Media: Marrying Art and Technology in the Classroom
Location: Fisher Pavilion A
Patrick Williams, Director of Digital Media Conservatory, Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA
Combining art and technology, the curriculum of the Digital Media Program at the Orange County School of the Arts focuses on Animation, Game Design and new media. This session will provide an overview of our new conservatory and our philosophy and approach to combining the education of art and design and cutting edge technology.

4. Starting a Successful Electric Orchestra Program at Your School
Location: Fisher Pavilion B
Christina Jenkins, Director, Orchestra, Idaho Arts Charter School, Nampa, ID
Why should I have an electric orchestra program? Pros/cons. Where do I start and how much money do I need? Starting small or big, depending on your budget. What equipment is needed? The basics of the equipment to begin and grow as well as specialized needs.

5. Counseling Students Interested in Animation and Video Game Design
Location:  EMP Demo Labs
Andrew Laue, Associate Director for Fine Arts Admissions, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
This session will provide detailed information on how to best advise students interested in animation and/or video game design. Participants will be given an overview of these rapidly expanding fields, including basic terminology and the impact on our everyday lives. Material will be presented on how to evaluate college programs, the knowledge and skills needed to be successful, job growth, and salary data. Also,”can somebody make a living at this” will be given special attention.

6. Local Experts Panel – Film Education, Grades 9-12 – Trending: The Future of Filmmaking
Location:  Playhouse Studio
Facilitated by Lyall Bush, Cornish College of the Arts, Film + Media Program Lead; Cheryll Hidalgo, Film Faculty, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences; Stefanie Malone, Executive Director, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY); Liz Shepherd, Youth Programs Director, Northwest Film Forum

We say children are the future, but when we teach them film and media we often teach the past, underscoring the traditional verities of three-act structures and character-driven stories that follow rules mostly set down when Lillian Gish and Buster Keaton were movie stars. A school like Cornish will always be interested in pushing the envelope for any art form, including film, but educating young people in media storytelling now, especially in grades 9-12, requires anticipating how rapidly technology is posing questions about stories, storytelling and audiences. What forms and what new languages must be made available to the media makers of 2025? ​A​ panel of ​local ​experts in education and cultural programming will take up these questions, including what young people have to teach us about what, and how, they are watching and making.

2:45-3:45pm Concurrent Best Practices Sessions Round Three (select one of six break-out sessions)

1. Using the Internet as a Tool in a Choreography Class
Location: EMP JBL Theater
Brian Devine, Assistant Director of Dance, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX
This session will discuss how to use blogging as a journal and a device to help students compare and contrast different genres of dance, working to synthesize dance history in a composition class. The session will cover using a blog as a journal for students’ composition dance class. How using the internet and a blog specifically can help the students to focus on key identifiers in and start a discussion about dance making. We will go over the different blog platforms, different widgets that can be added and how they could be useful.

2. Alumni Surveys–The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) is the GOLD STANDARD!
Location: EMP Demo Labs
Chris Ford, Director, Baltimore School for the Arts, MD
SNAAP can gather data from your alumni and compare it with a national data set from more than 100,000 art school alumni. SNAAP assists in developing an alumni database for your school and the survey data is a powerful tool in planning strategic curriculum initiatives. This session will share SNAAP data and the enrollment procedures.

3. Traditional to Digital – Using Technology to Enhance your Traditional Visual Art Skill
Location: Fisher Pavilion A
Matthew Beall, PVA Events & Extended Day Teacher Specialist, AACPS, Annapolis, MD
This session will show teachers and educators how to utilize technology to help students create works of art. Foundation will be placed upon elements and principles of design and how Photoshop can help students see these concepts with more clarity. Lessons and concepts provided based on using technology both ways; traditional to digital and digital to traditional.

4. Integration of Abilities: Exercises for Creative Growth
Location: Fisher Pavilion B
Karon Cogdill, Coordinator, Theatre Cluster, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX
Integration of Abilities, based on Dr. Paul Baker’s exercises for creative growth is a foundational course at BTWHSPVA. Students analyze their creative process, participate in exercises for personal investigation/growth, explore all art areas and discover a language to verbalize their work. Participants will experience activities from the course and should be prepared to move and sit on the floor.

5. My Dog Ate My Talent: Addressing the Real Reasons We Don’t Progress as We Would Like
Location: Playhouse Founder’s Room
Gregg Goodhart, Artist in Residence, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
Excellent research addresses the question, “Does talent matter?” And the answer appears to be no, not under the right circumstances, and this combination of factors can be taught. We will discuss amazing research in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and psychology and learn concrete applications that can be used in any artistic discipline.

6. Local Experts Panel: Middle School Music Programs – The Real Technologists
Location: Playhouse Studio
Facilitated by Tom Baker, Cornish College of the Arts, Interim Chair, Music Department
Panelists: Steve Barsotti, Sound Artist and Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts; Shawn Tolley, Music Teacher, Stevens Elementary School (Spokane, WA); Josh Parmenter, Composer and Software Engineer
How can we facilitate interactivity, collaboration and innovation in meaningful ways for young students taking music classes? What is the nature of what it means to be a musician, a composer, even an audience member, in the 21st century, and how can we adapt our educational intentions to help navigate these questions for our students? How can we help educators truly learn from the real technologists, this new generation of sound-makers, especially those in middle school? This panel of educators and experts will explore the intersections of music education and music technology, with one eye on the overarching specter of the tenuous and precarious “music industry”, and the other on the egalitarian possibilities inherent in a changing technological universe.

4:00-5:15pm ASN Membership Meeting

Location:  Playhouse Main Theater

Scott Rudes, ASN Membership Committee and 2016 Dallas Conference Committee Chair and Host, Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX

Recognition of regions and international delegations

Awards Presentation, Awards – Sponsor CalArts, Claire Joy, Director of Recruitment, Valencia, CA; and ASN Past Presidents

Jackie Cornelius, Principal, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, FL: Arts Innovation, Community Partnership

Roy Fluhrer, Director, Fine Arts Center, Greenville, SC: New and Emerging School, Outstanding School, Outstanding Alumna

Denise Davis-Cotton, Founder Detroit School of Arts; Argosy University, Sarasota, FL: Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader, Teacher of Year, Jeffrey Lawrence

Exemplary Schools Recognition – Daryl Ward, Principal, Harrison School of the Arts, Lakeland, FL

ASN 2016 Dallas Conference Introduction

Reception and Student Performances at Cornish Playhouse:

5:15-6:15pm Pre-Show Member Reception: New Members Honored by Past Presidents

Location: Playhouse Lobby
Pre-show performances by: The Global Beats (world music), Idaho Arts Charter


Past Presidents Welcome Members
Welcome: Jonathan Lindsay, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Cornish College of the Arts
Sponsor thanks: Andrew Laue, Associate Director for Fine Arts Admissions, Webster University

6:30-7:30pm – Student Performance on the Playhouse Main Stage

Master of Ceremonies: William Kohut, Principal, Denver School of the Arts
Artistic Directors: Diane Makas, Artistic Director, Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, Huntington Beach, CA; and Teren Shaffer, Dean of Arts Conservatories, Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA

Student performances from:
Idaho Arts Charter School – Dance in the Digital Age
Idaho Arts Charter School – Electric Rock Orchestra
Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – The Cheshire Cat Lullaby (dance video)
Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – Surf City Singers
Interlochen Center for the Arts – Heart & Art “The sweet affair of body and mind”
Seattle Academy – The Onions (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)
Orange County School of the Arts and Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts – BLOOM: A Tribute to California’s Creativity


Location: Cornish Playhouse and Campus at Seattle City Center
201 Mercer St., Seattle, WA  98109

Breakfast on your own

8:00am Registration continues
Location:  Playhouse lobby

9:00am Plenary Session

Location:  Playhouse Main Theater

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Pamela Jordan, ASN 1st Vice President, President, Idyllwild Arts Foundation

Keynote: Arts Education Advocacy:  The Imperative and How to Make a Change
Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Education Program Director, Americans for the Arts

We all care about arts education, but how do we navigate the complex ecosystem of education to share our story. Learn from keynote speaker and master facilitator, Jeff M. Poulin of Americans for the Arts, to better understand how you can make a change. Join the movement to ensure that every student has access to high quality arts education and to bring the reformative power of the arts to every school and community in America.

ASN Executive Director Report, Kristy Callaway

10:30-11:30am Concurrent Best Practices Sessions Round Four (Choose one of five break-out sessions)

1. Leadership Best Practices Round Table
Location: McCaw Hall Allen Room
Mitzi Yates Lizàrraga, Principal, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, CA
Participants will share best practices about their leadership that has fostered community, collaboration, and student success while navigating through the challenges of leading a school.

2. Dream It, Do It! – The Making of a Hollywood Music Video at a Public High School
Location: Playhouse Founder’s Room

Kim Bruno, Executive Artistic Director, Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, known as Grand High School; Stormy Sacks, Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor.
Kim Bruno, Executive Artistic Director of Grand Arts HS in downtown Los Angeles, will share with fellow educators a behind- the- scenes look into the conception and making of Dream It! Do It! –an original music video starring students from Grand Arts, directed and choreographed by the legendary Ms. Debbie Allen.

Bruno conceived the project in celebration of the lives of young artists pursuing their artistic dreams.

The video pays tribute to the unique students who attend the school—many of whom have never had the opportunity to study the arts. At Grand Arts passion for the arts is the sole basis for admission. The school is enriched by culturally and socio-economically diverse students who share a commitment to follow their artistic dreams and to lead creative lives.

The video was filmed on location at Grand Arts and was supported by some of the top professionals in the film and television industry, including cinematographer Oliver Bokelberg, Director of Photography of ABC’s hit drama Scandal and Ricky Minor, best known for his musical direction on TV’s The Tonight Show and American Idol.

“Dream It! Do It!” was composed through a collaboration of students and professionals– with musical direction by Grammy Nominated composer Stormy Sacks, and vocal arrangements by Angel Hart– vocal coach to music celebrities including Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. The song was recorded in Ricky Minor’s Red Lotus Studio at Sunset Gower Studios. Kim Bruno produced the video.

Dream It! Do It! had its World Premiere on in July at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.   The event featured remarks from arts education leaders, including Mark Slavkin, Director of Arts Education at The Wallis and Denise Grande, Director of Arts Education, LA County Arts Commission.

3. Combined Session
Location: EMP Learning Labs

“Part 1: When Worlds Collide: Using Skype to Encourage Transformative Engagement and Inter-cultural Relationships through Arts-infused Service-Learning
Sharon Widdows, Vice-Principal, PhD student at Simon Fraser University, Mission, BC
Part 2: The Connected Studio: Creating Community Through Technology
Alice Pixley Young, Lead Arts Teacher, School for Creative and Performing Arts, Cincinnati, OH
When Worlds Collide: This presentation highlights a project currently underway through MODAL Research at Simon Fraser University. It will demonstrate the use of arts and technology in service learning and will include video of the collaborative performance between Canadian and Brazilian students in June via Skype.
The Connected Studio: The use of connected class websites as a catalyst for class community-building as well as fostering professional practices. The connected studio promotes adopting technology as a tool to promote student to student and student to instructor dialogue about research, documentation and projects.

4. KQED Art School: Virtual Visits from Professional Artists through Engaging Public Media
Location: McCaw Hall Norcliffe Room

Kristen Farr, Arts Education Manager & Art School Producer, KQED Public Media
In this session, educators and students will learn about KQED Art School, a free video series where artists describe their practice and intentions, and demonstrate hands-on art-making techniques that students can follow along with. Producer and educator Kristin Farr will share video clips and best practices for using Art School in the classroom.

5. Arts Education Advocacy: Tools to Use for Teachers and Students
Location:  Playhouse Main Theater

Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Director, Americans for the Arts
Join Jeff M. Poulin of Americans for the Arts to learn how to navigate your way to effective arts education advocacy. Participants will learn about their unique place in the arts education ecosystem, the policies which affect them and how to craft a message relevant to their community

6. Citizen Artists: How YOUR Art Can Change the World
Location: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jane Davis Board Room
Camille Zamora, Soprano; Co-Founder, Sing for Hope; ASN’s Outstanding Alumna Award Winner
A leading voice in the “artist as citizen” conversation, Camille Zamora discusses “creative placemaking” and the role of the arts in social change. Camille is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives – including NYC’s summertime street pianos – that make the arts accessible to all. An internationally acclaimed soprano, Camille has performed with ensembles including London Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, and LA Opera, and with collaborators ranging from Plácido Domingo to Yo-Yo Ma to Sting. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and a leading voice in the “artist as citizen” discussion, Camille received a 2013 Congressional Citation and has been named one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People, NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week,” and one of Town & Country’s “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy. Camille has curated, performed, and presented on arts and culture panels at The Kennedy Center Arts Summit, The Skoll World Forum, Fortune Most Powerful Women’s Summit, Aspen Ideas Festival, Opera America, Forbes Women Summit, The United Nations, and The United States Capitol. Camille is a World Harmony Torchbearer Award winner and a graduate of The Juilliard School.


Student 1. Musical Theatre Master class TBD Cornish College Faculty
Location: Cornish Lui Building: Room 102
Tinka Gutrick-Dailey, Adjunct Faculty; Timothy McCuen Piggee, Core Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts
Join Cornish Theater Department faculty members Tinka Gutrick-Dailey and Timothy McCuen Piggee for a musical theater master class. This is a great opportunity to see what the musical theater concentration experience is like at Cornish. Tinka and Timothy are celebrated artists and educators and the experience will be fun, rich and rewarding.

Student 2. Master Class Dance
Location:  Cornish Commons Room 214
Instructor Katie Wallich, a Seattle-based choreographer, director and teacher – named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2015, is among Seattle’s top contemporary dance teachers, leading packed classes through her own brand of movement technique.

Student 3. Artistry, Entrepreneurship, and Technology in the College Admissions Process
Location: Cornish Main Campus Center Room 309
Nick Wosike, Admissions Representative, McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, MN
This session covers what many arts colleges look for in auditions and demos, and explores how students can maximize their impact with technology. We will look at the use of social media and talk about creating a professional web presence. We will also explore the importance of technology and entrepreneurship as students enter the music industry.

Student 4. Aetho Gimbal Device, The Future of Cinematography
Location:  Cornish Main Campus Center Room 307
Gif Lockley, Principal, Savannah Arts Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Ian Nott, Co-Founder Atheo
The Aetho gimbal device allows any individual with a GoPro camera to become a filmmaker. The pilot program at SAA utilizing this device for GoPro cameras will revolutionize how students can tackle the art of film.


11:30am Conference Ends

Lunch on your own

Optional 12:00-5:00pm Visit EMP Museum
$5 admission with ASN conferee discount coupon

12:00-4:00pm ASN Board of Directors’ Meeting
current ASN Board Members and ASN Past Presidents
Location:  Playhouse Founder’s Room

*Schedule subject to change