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thursday, october 26

Registration, 7:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Rarig Center Lobby, 1st Floor, 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Awards Breakfast Ceremony, 8:00am – 9:45am
Buffett Breakfast (seating limited to 200 full conference registrants, pre-registration is required)
Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall Lobby and Theater, 2128 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55455

General Sessions, 10:00am – 11:00am

Teaching Artists: Building Community and Promoting Inclusion Through Art and Education
Presenters: Jason Diminich and Lares Feliciano, Think 360 Arts for Learning
Strand: Art/Design/Film & Media; Performing Arts
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Room 630, 6th Floor
What is a teaching artist and why are they important for promoting inclusion and accessibility, celebrating diversity, and building communities that value the arts? From schools to senior centers, mosaics to murals, teaching artists all over the state of Colorado are using education to share their craft while cementing an appreciation for the arts. Using examples from the field, experts from Think 360 Arts will share how connecting local artists with community centers, schools, and libraries, can provide learning opportunities that service learners of all ages and abilities while bridging the gap between artists and communities.

Local Artists Support Arts Integration and Discrete Arts Experiences for All
Presenter: Shane Schmeichel, Coronado School of the Arts
Strands: Art/Design/Film & Media; Performing Arts
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Whiting Proscenium Theatre, 1st Floor
This session will share Coronado Unified School District’s model of implementing arts integration across all classrooms, K-12 using professional artists in the classroom as a “duet” with the classroom teacher to write, instruct and assess arts integrated units (with ELA standards). In this session, the goals, outcomes, and implementation model will be shared.  Through professional development, curriculum writing and guidance by professional artists, CUSD builds capacity across the district for arts integrated instruction and provide arts experiences in all art forms to all students.  This session will also share how Coronado School of the Arts prepares students for a career in the arts. Through arts integrated experiences in CUSD more students are aware of how arts can help them find their strengths, passion and interests in life.

The Power of Outreach: Shaping the Next Generation of Empathic, Innovative Artists and Thinkers
Presenters: Melinda Ronayne and Megan Hildebrandt, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Strands: Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership; Art/Design/Film & Media
Location: Rarig Center, Studio 10, Basement
This presentation outlines a collaborative service-learning model that the Visual Arts Division at Interlochen Arts Academy has developed through partnerships with several non-arts organizations in our community. We will primarily focus on our partnership with the Cowell Family Cancer Center — a collaboration that explores the intersection of arts education and healthcare through a multi-year course entitled The Aesthetics of Health. Students in this course developed arts-based programming and collaborative projects to support and enhance the lives of staff, oncology patients, caregivers and children of cancer patients. Through these experiences, our students learn how to provide access to art as a tool for healing, learning and communicating with diverse populations (socioeconomic, differently labeled, multi-generational, etc.). We will present ideas about how schools can start meaningful community partnerships that will help build the next generation of empathic, inclusive artists and individuals.

The Whole Child: Supporting Our Artists’ Social-Emotional Needs
Presenters: Nicole Kitchen and Aspen Miles, Denver School of the Arts
Strands: New & Emerging Schools and Leaders; Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Studio A, 5th Floor
Denver School of the Arts (DSA) created and implemented a “Student Success Center” (SSC) last year—a hub for meeting our students’ diverse and evolving social/emotional needs. Hear about our process and lessons learned, specifically what worked, and what didn’t.

Accessible “Casting”: Privilege vs. Potential?
Presenters: Stephen Madrid and Gail Hartsfeld, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
Strand: Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership; Performing Arts
Location: Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave S, Room 1-122
A round-table discussion regarding accessibility in education regarding casting, admissions, and company auditions. This session poses questions for discussions such as “Do you choose the best or potential you see?” “Is your casting about putting on the best possible production or about student growth?” “When casting, how much consideration do you give to hard work vs. passion vs. attitude vs. talent?” “How do your casting decisions deepen your talent pool?”

General Sessions, 11:15am – 12:15pm

Accessing Equity: An Update on Federal Policies and New Administration
Presenter: Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts
Strands: New & Emerging Schools and Leaders; Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership
Location: Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave S, Room L-126
As arts education leaders, if we want to pursue the goal of equity in access to arts education for all students, we must advocate for policies which support this goal. In the present chapter of the American education system, the Every Student Succeeds Act provides the foundation for achieving this goal, but shifting priorities and players in the new Administration specify a need for continuous advocacy at home and in Washington, D.C. Join this session to learn about the policies, players and strategies you can use to advocate for arts education.

Giving Voice to the Marginalized
Presenters: Leah Fregulia, Laura Apperson, Sara Maline-Bohn, Arizona School for the Arts
Strand: New & Emerging Schools and Leaders; Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership; Performing Arts
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Room 630, 6th Floor
In this discussion, facilitators will share strategies for reaching out and connecting with all students including those with Exceptionalities (those with either IEP or 504 plans) and those who identify as LGBTQ. Participants will engage in candid conversations about how to best serve students that are typically marginalized in traditional educational experiences. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, concerns, struggles and ideas. This discussion would be beneficial for both teachers and administrators interested in creating a more inclusive arts environment.

Transforming Perceptions: Visible Effects (A Community Violence Prevention SAVE/DOE Project Prevent)
Presenters: Joanna Fox and Carrie Mills, Booker Middle School
Strands: Art/Design/Film & Media; Performing Arts
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Studio 20, Basement
As the recipient of the Sarasota Against Violence grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Project Prevent {P2) program, the Visual and Performing Arts magnet portion of our school was opened to the whole student body connecting with students who had little or no interaction with the arts before. Teaching artists, technology and time were devoted to students. They participated in the art process in each of the arts programs: band, chorus, creative writing, dance, drama, graphic design, orchestra and 2d/3d art. Students witnessed the power of the arts through the performance of an original play, multicultural choreography, original musical compositions/ recordings and the visual impact of a transformed campus that now has a mural, sculptures, and a poetry path with more to come. In this session, we will share our plan and process, and provide hands-on activities with so you can begin to transform perceptions on your campus.

The Power and Impact of Media Literacy
Presenter: Rebecca Bullen, Perpich Center for Arts Education
Strand: Art/Design/Film & Media
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Studio 10, Basement
Sharing knowledge to implement visual literacy and media arts projects into the classroom through exploring techniques in the deconstruction of media. This session explores images, their impact and influence, how we process the information and how we can use the power of images to sell ideas. This workshop will be part conversation, part creation. Participants will be asked to respond to images and their power to evoke emotions. Then, using this knowledge, we will discuss ways to incorporate media literacy, and the tools of media, into arts and arts integrated lessons. This workshop encourages the philosophy in the value of every voice, encourages leadership and community action.

The Power of the Arts for Students with Special Needs
Presenters: Karen E.H. Steele and Allyson Haley, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Strand: Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Studio A, 5th Floor
This session will address the current trend of students with learning disabilities attending art schools and how best to address their specific needs so that they can be successful in an art school environment. This session will also show the positive impact arts education has on students with special needs. Having a learning disability and an artistic talent are not mutually exclusive. When a student is able to concentrate on talent, the student is then able to address the learning disability as one part of who he/she is and not the only thing he/she is. This session includes strategies to support students in the classroom and studio, as well as testimonials of students about the positive impact arts education has had on their academic and professional careers.

Using Reflection to Examine Personal Teaching Values for Equity and Access?
Presenter: Mary Harding, Perpich Center for Arts Education
Strand: Performing Arts
Location: Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave S, Room 1-122
Is there such a thing as value free pedagogy? We have come to teaching through many paths. Our movement lives have many sources. We have followed our interests; our questions have created who we are as dancers and teachers. As we move through personal experience we both absorb and reject certain movement styles, philosophies and world views.  At the same time the greater culture and the many lenses in the culture influence us: gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, and socio-economic background- the list goes on.  We bring all of these preferences, these unconscious values, to our teaching. These are our teaching strengths and our weaknesses, our sometimes unconscious, sometimes warring values. As teachers, we strive to improve equity and access to all of our students but sometimes our internalized values. How do we bridge the gap between our movement lives and the movement lives of our students? What is important for them to know? What do they think is important? What do you believe are absolutes in teaching dance? What do you unconsciously preference? We will look at these big questions in a few exercises. There is no right or wrong. This is reflection and metacognition time.  Participants will be guided through several reflective exercises as they explore their movement and teaching lives. Reflection will be captured in movement, writing and discussion.  Several exercises in this session are appropriate to use in the high school and college classroom setting as discussion points and reflection exercises. As participants explore this work, they will be guided back to the classroom. How this work influences our work in the classroom, whose missing in my classroom because of my belief system? Who is invisible in my classroom, and who is silenced?  This session will make a connection between themes of equity and access, individual pedagogical choices and the implications for dance students.

12:15pm – 1:45pm, Lunch on your own

General Sessions, 1:45pm – 2:45pm

The Every Student Succeeds Act and Other Federal Issues: a Briefing and What You Can Do
Presenter: Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts
Strand: Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Studio 20, Basement
Policies create equitable access to opportunities in arts learning. Recently, our nation has sweeping change in federal, state and local education policies with implementation occurring during a time of political unrest. Join this session to hear the latest from Washington, D.C., to discuss current state trends, and learn how you can participate in action to ensure the best policies are implemented for our country’s arts students.

Educating the Next Generation of Artist Scholar-Citizens
Presenter: Gerami Groover, Conservatory Lab Charter School
Strand: Performing Arts
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Room 275, 2nd Floor
Educating the next generation of Artist scholar-citizens takes a look at the Conservatory Lab Charter School expedition “Music Migration, a study of how the struggles of migration empowered a movement of music from Africa to the Americas”. This middle school curriculum is designed to encompass both the school’s Expeditionary Learning and Music Integration, which together invigorates instructional practices by supporting a standards-based curriculum that is both rigorous and joyful, and an inquiry-based pedagogy that puts students at the center of their own learning.

Arts for All: Inclusiveness Through Inquiry and Collaboration
Presenters: Sharon Widdows, Alisha Boucher, Penny Gaston, Edwin S. Richards Art-Based Curriculum School
Strands: New & Emerging Schools and Leaders; Performing Arts
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Studio 10, Basement
The reality of providing arts for all students has become a challenge in today’s classrooms. Students enter schools with less skills, fewer experiences, and anxiety and behavior concerns are on the rise. In addition, declining budgets often push the arts aside in favor of increased focus on numeracy and literacy. Yet, evidence demonstrates over and over again that the benefits of arts in schools allows struggling students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in a way that traditional forms of assessment do not; the arts build community and instill confidence, providing a platform for success that occurs naturally by encouraging students to use alternative ways of expressing themselves. Recently, when asked how the arts help her learn, a young student with significant behavioral challenges responded, “Art helps me calm down.” At Edwin S Richards Arts-Based Curriculum School in Mission, British Columbia Canada, students’ own perceptions of how the arts help them learn has led to an inquiry-based learning plan developed to discover students’ own perceptions of why the arts are important to them. Based on the knowledge that informed inclusion is identifying student interests, and that strategies developed for vulnerable and struggling students work for all students, arts allow educators to focus on student strengths, thereby placing learning outcomes within every student’s reach.

Design by Understanding: Incorporating Design Thinking into Schools
Presenter: Michael Wang, Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts)
Strand: Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Studio A, 5th Floor
Design Thinking is a strategy-making process that contrasts with traditional business strategy which is rooted in looking backwards at data to predict future outcomes. Design thinking is based upon human behavior and borrows from the design industry and provides insight on how new products and services are developed in a creative setting. Design by Understanding is a workshop for educational leaders to reevaluate their organizations strategies in meeting their students’ needs.

Connecting Hands, Connecting Hearts: Building Inclusive Partnerships Through Song
Presenter: Andrea Calvo and Celeste Clary-Hobbs, Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts, Ladera Vista School of the Arts
Strand: Performing Arts
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Kilburn Arena, 2nd Floor
In this session, we will share the triumphs and challenges of our collaboration journey in hopes that other teachers might be inspired to find meaningful ways to include students with disabilities in performing arts programs. As part of a growing school-wide “Buddies Program,” students from the Advanced Women’s Choir and the Special Day Class (for students with moderate-severe disabilities) collaborated to learn more about African culture and its influence on the African-American tradition of spirituals being sung as a way to call communities together to fight injustices. Students learned how the African traditions of singing spiritual songs and weaving kente cloths served as story-telling vehicles for African peoples who were taken from their homes and shipped as slaves to the New World. Students learned to sing and sign (American Sign Language) the African spiritual, “I am His Child,’ an important song written by American composer and arranger, Moses Hogan, to highlight the inequities that existed in the United States prior to and during the Civil Rights Movement. This song was performed at the Plummer Auditorium in January 2016, as part of a showcase of Fullerton School District junior high school music programs. The students who were part of this collaboration formed a strong and authentic attachment to each other, and did not want the experience to end. In response, the collaborative group decided to extend the collaboration to the end of the school year. The ensemble rehearsed and performed a new musical selection for the annual “Spartan Sweets” performance at Ladera Vista. Students practiced the Beach Boys classic, “Be True to Your School.” How fitting that our amazing collaboration ended with a song celebrating positive school culture.  Because of the success of this collaboration, this year, the students in our Special Day Class now join the choir classes daily for singing, ear training, and regular choir activities.  Students in choir are “buddies” for students who otherwise do not have regular interaction with typical developing peers.  Students describe this experience as “Life-Changing,” “Empowering,” “Remarkable,” and, “Inspiring.”  Students in both classes have found a powerful voice for inclusion through vocal music.

CTC’s Transgender Inclusion Policy: A Look at Our First Year
Presenters: Ellie McKay, Roxanne Anderson, Deb Girdwood, and Cat Hammond, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC)
Strand: Performing Arts
Location: Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave S, Room 1-126
This session will be a hybrid between presentation and discussion highlighting the first year of Children’s Theatre Company’s (CTC) institutional Transgender Inclusion Policy and the impact on our programming, practices, and thinking. The session will begin with sociometric activities to engage participants in pre-thinking around issues of gender, identity, and social justice in their own lives and at their institutions. Next, Ellie McKay, Director of Theatre Arts Training, Deb Girdwood, Director of Access and Inclusion, and Roxanne Anderson of OutFront Minnesota will offer a brief Gender 101 training to familiarize participants with concepts of gender and gender identity. We will then take participants through CTC’s process in making our institution more intentionally inclusive of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. This overview will include our process of adopting a Transgender Inclusion Policy, the questions, challenges, and successes seen in different departments, feedback from our constituents, the vital importance of working with the trans community to enact these changes, and the community dialogue about what is “best practice.” We will wrap up our presentation with a list of what we tried, what has been successful, what has been challenging, and what questions we still are trying to answer. The final component of our session will be a discussion allowing folks to ask questions of CTC and OutFront as well as of one another in the room. We would love to leave participants with a collaboratively brainstormed list of things to implement today, things to aspire to, and questions we are still asking.

Integration of International and Non-Native English Speaking Students in Language Based Performing Arts Classes
Presenters: Bonnie Carpenter, Idyllwild Arts Academy; William Church, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Strand: Performing Arts
Location: Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave S, Room 1-147
Integrating students from many countries and language groups can be difficult in a language based performing arts classroom. In this session, we will highlight both opportunities and obstacles in these types of classroom dynamics. As global arts education evolves, the need for integration is inevitable. From our observations and work with a highly diverse population at our respective schools, we will offer case studies and practical advice to help find mutually beneficial solutions for all of the mixed demographics of the arts classroom.

General Sessions, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Creating The Nuts & Bolts of Establishing an Endowed Artist in Residency Program
Presenter: Jackie Cornelius, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Foundation
Strand: Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership
Location: Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave S, Room 1-147
This engaging session will share how an Endowed Artist in Residency Program recently was established at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DA), a public arts high school in Jacksonville, Florida.  The rationale, funding, length of residency, artist eligibility, selection criteria and responsibilities of those involved will be discussed. The Jackie Cornelius Endowed Artist Residency at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts is a new initiative. This program will enhance the intensive arts study that is being provided arts students by expanding their opportunity for direct, hands-on experiences with working artists and an opportunity for a professional artist to work in an educational environment with students seriously studying the arts…many of whom upon graduation will be pursuing degrees and or careers in the arts. (Over 56% of the 2016 DA graduation class is pursuing arts degrees and careers). It is important to note that the intent of artist residencies is to enrich and support arts programs, not to supplant or serve as a substitute for services more appropriately provided by trained arts educators.

Using an Interarts Cohort Model to Address Access and Equity in Performing Arts Teacher Education
Presenters: Betsy Maloney-Leaf and Dr. Jim Bequette, University of Minnesota
Strands: Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership; Performing Arts
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Room 275, 2nd Floor
This session addresses the difficulty many school administrators face when trying to hire licensed theatre or dance teachers for K-12 schools. We will examine the relationship between schools, districts, and higher education teacher training programs to better understand how access and equity to rigorous dance and theatre programs in K-12 settings is often hindered by the difficulty of finding qualified teachers as well as the reticence of teacher training programs to offer pathways toward licensure in underrepresented art forms, like theatre and dance. We offer an interarts model of visual art, theatre, and dance pre-service teachers as a possible way to mitigate teacher shortages and to foster stronger collaboration between future arts educators.

When Grit Isn’t Enough
Presenter: Linda Nathan, The Center for Artistry and Scholarship
Strand: Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Studio A, 5th Floor
Each year, as the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), an urban high school that boasts a 94 percent college acceptance rate, Linda Nathan made a promise to the incoming freshmen: “All of you will graduate from high school and go on to college or a career.” After fourteen years at the helm, Nathan stepped down and took stock of her alumni: of those who went to college, a third dropped out. Feeling like she failed to fulfil her promise, Nathan reflected on ideas she and others have perpetuated about education: that college is for all, that hard work and determination are enough to get you through, that America is a land of equality. This session explores Nathan’s recently published book When Grit Isn’t Enough, in which she investigates five assumptions that dominate our thinking about education today, revealing how these beliefs mask systemic inequity. Exploring the rift between these false promises and the lived experiences of her students, she argues that it is time for educators to face these uncomfortable issues head-on and examines how educators can better serve all students, increase college retention rates, and develop alternatives to college that don’t disadvantage students on the basis of race or income. Drawing the voices of BAA alumni whose stories provide a window through which to view urban education today, When Grit Isn’t Enough helps imagine greater purposes for schooling.

SE-PE-RATE+ How a Devised Piece Based on Plessy vs. Ferguson Changed Our Department Culture
Presenter: Silas Cooper, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
Strand: Performing Arts
Location: Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S, Kilburn Arena, 2nd Floor
A brief presentation and extensive question and answer session on the creation of the NOCCA Drama Division new work SE-PA-RATE =, created in collaboration with Leigh Fondakowski and other members of the Tectonic Theatre Project through the use of moment work and how it has helped to redefine the way we approach performance and collaboration.

Creating Your Own Pipeline to Attract an Underserved Population in Your Art School
Presenters: William Kohut, Susan Knill, Chris Wineman, Denver School of the Arts
Strand: Current Trends & Issues in Established Schools: Thought Leadership
Location: Carlson School of Management, 321 19th Ave S, Room L-126
This interactive discussion will focus on strategies for addressing the needs of diversity in arts schools.  Many areas of our country are faced with dwindling arts programs in our schools, and many of these arts programs are non-existent in low-social economic areas of our cities.  Learn how Denver School of the Arts as partnered with a neighboring elementary school to provide arts program for this disadvantaged population.  Our approach to program development, funding, and implementation will be shared.  Participants will also be asked to share innovative programs they have developed to address this same need.

College Table Night, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Rarig Center, Basement Lobby, 330 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Open to all conference attendees; reservations not required.

Join us to meet college representatives and learn about their schools, mingle with colleagues, and enjoy refreshments in a relaxed setting. You’ll gather valuable info to take back to your school and students.

Participating colleges to date:
Augsburg College; Columbia College Chicago; New Hampshire Institute of Art; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts; School of the Arts, College of Charleston; University of Colorado Denver, College of Arts and Media; Webster University; Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; St. Olaf College; University of Minnesota (Dance, Music, Visual Art, Theater, General, Departments); University of Minnesota Duluth

*subject to changes