Arts Education Leaders to Gather in Twin Cities, MN for ASN Conference

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Idyllwild, California (September 19, 2017) … More than 300 Arts Schools Network (ASN) members and other leaders in education and the arts will convene in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, October 24-27, for ASN’s annual conference. Attendees will explore vital topics in arts education, including this year’s conference theme, Inclusion in the Arts: Access and Equity. The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and the Department of Theatre Arts and Sciences is the host for the event.

The opening keynote address will be given by Russell Joel Brown, an actor, singer, and producer who developed “Russell Joel Brown’s Project: Inspire”, an outreach program that encourages middle and high school students to strive for excellence and explore their creativity. Ben Cameron, President of the Jerome Foundation and the Camargo Foundation, who has had a long and accomplished career directing charitable foundations and grants for the arts, will deliver the closing address.

Attendees will observe best practices first hand in tours of local schools and cultural venues include Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, PiM Arts High School, University of Minnesota Arts Quarter, St. Olaf College, Guthrie Theater, Perpich Center for Arts Education, and MacPhail Center for Music.

Other highlights include the annual breakfast and awards ceremony, which celebrates ASN’s Exemplary School designees and ASN Awards winners, a reception and student performances, a college information night, and many networking opportunities.

The conference is sponsored by the host, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Foundation, Webster University, HGA Architects and Engineers, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and Idyllwild Arts Academy.

ASN, a non-profit association founded in 1981, is dedicated to providing arts schools leaders with quality resources, support, and networking opportunities. Members include: schools, colleges, universities, conservatories, school districts, and organizations.

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