Arts Schools Network 2013 National Conference ”The Big Apple – Core and All” was a hit in NYC

Arts Schools Network 2013 National Conference ”The Big Apple – Core and All” was a hit in NYC
(Key West, FL November 5, 2013)

After a week full of information, insight and inspiration in arts education, the Arts Schools Network’s 2013 National Conference in New York City concluded on Friday, October 25. Ara Guzelimian, Juilliard School Provost and Dean; Rory Pullens, Head of School/Chief Executive Officer at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and incoming ASN President; and Russell Granet, Executive Director, Lincoln Center Education, closed the conference on a pitch-perfect note by sharing their dynamic visions for education in the arts. 

This year’s conference, which took place October 22-25, 2013, drew participants from throughout North America and as far away as Scotland. Sessions, performances, and tours took place throughout the city at world-famous arts schools and venues, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; American Musical and Dramatic Academy, College of Performing Arts; Camp Broadway and Stage Notes; Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of Performing Arts; Fordham University; Juilliard School; Lincoln Center Education; NYU Tisch School of the Arts; The New School: Parsons, Mannes, Lang, Jazz and Drama; and Professional Children’s School.

The excitement of New York’s arts scene was not the only draw for participants. Members tackled key issues in arts education, and shared experiences and knowledge as they explored strategies for new core standards, best practices, career and college pathways, fundraising and crisis management. At the awards luncheon at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ASN recognized excellence, innovation and leadership in individuals, schools and community partnerships.

ASN also applauded the efforts of outgoing ASN President, Dr. Craig S. Collins, Dean, College of Communications, Languages, and the Arts, Southeastern University, as well as the 2013 Conference Committee: Mark Brooks, Senior Admission Officer, American Musical and Dramatic Academy; Kim Bruno, Principal, Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts; Lee Cioppa, Associate Dean for Admission, The Juilliard School; Patricia Decker, Director of Recruitment, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Meg Harrigan, Integrated Arts Coordinator, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School; Nina Lasky, Assistant Principal, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts; Susan Lee, Executive Director, Camp Broadway; Mary Monroe, Third Grade Teacher, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School; Ralph Opacic, Ed.D., ASN Immediate Past President; Executive Director, Orange County School of the Arts; Marly Parker, Drama & Literacy Specialist, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School; Alex Sarian, Director, Finance and New Business, Lincoln Center Education; Georgia Schmitt, Director of Admissions, New School for Performing Arts; and Caroline Wolfe Papocchi, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

During the conference, musical group and On Your Way scholarship program sponsor Earth, Wind & Fire announced that it would also sponsor next year’s On Your Way program. In related news, ASN announced a new program for 2014, On Your Way Junior, which will be sponsored by Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.

The many sponsors who supported the ASN conference activities and events included
NYU Tisch; Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; Columbia College Chicago/Center for Community Arts Parnerships; CulinArt Inc/Saaco Dining Services; Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; Earth, Wind & Fire; Gensler; Lincoln Center Education; The New School: Parsons, Mannes, Lang, Jazz and Drama; Acceptd, Inc.; Camp Broadway and Stage Notes; Walt Disney Imagineering; Webster University; ArtsBridge, LLC; Cal Arts; Duke Ellington School of the Arts; Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; School of the Arts, College of Charleston; Sidley Austin LLP; Denise Davis-Cotton, Ed.D.; Denver School of the Arts; Idyllwild Arts Academy; Interlochen Center for the Arts; Oakland School for the Arts; Orange County School of the Arts; SNAAP, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project

Plans are already underway for ASN’s next annual gathering, the National Conference in Denver, CO from October 22-25, 2014

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