ASN Annual Conference | Nov 6 - 13, 2020 | Virtual Convening

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2020 Arts Schools Network Virtual Conference

Arts Schools Network announces the 2020 ASN Virtual Conference Better Together: Excelling in Extraordinary Times. An extraordinary learning opportunity during extraordinary times. 
Yes, this year looks a little different. Yes, this year we must continue to adapt and grow. And yes, you can count on ASN to deliver another meaningful and desirable conference.
This year’s conference features daily themes, amazing keynote speakers, member school performances, breakout sessions, social events, and opportunities to exchange knowledge. Each day, we focus on a theme/topic that is timely, relevant, and supportive of your heroic efforts to tackle this challenging year and make it extraordinary for your students and school community.
2020 Daily Themes

November 6:  Reimagining Arts Education - Adapting, Adjusting, and Achieving
November 9:  Maintaining Effectiveness during a Pandemic
November 11:  Dismantling the Status Quo - Issues of Race and Equity
November 12:  Courageous Leadership (*A special day for School Leaders)
November 13:  Creative Rejuvenation through Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Deliberate Action 

The 2020 conference kicks off on Friday, November 6, 2020 with the opening keynote address from the world renowned AndréDe Shields.  Mr. De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 award season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Awards for best-featured actor in a musical for his critically acclaimed performances as Hermes In Hedestown.  In a career spanning 51 years he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator and we are thrilled to have Mr. De Shields grace our virtual “stage.”

Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome Michelle Johnson, social justice activist, anti-racism trainer, author and yoga teacher as our closing keynote. With over 20 years of experience leading dismantling racism work and working with clients as a licensed clinical social worker, Michelle has a deep understanding of how trauma impacts the mind, body, spirit, and heart. Leading courageously from the heart with compassion and a commitment to address the heartbreak dominant culture causes for many because of the harm it creates. She inspires change that allows people to stand in their humanity and wholeness in a world that fragments most of us. 

We prefer hugs, hand-shakes, gathering together, and uniting over conversation. No doubt, in-person is always better, but until we can safely convene, we know one thing for certain: We Are Better Together. The 2020 ASN conference will continue to unite us, inspire change and meaningful dialogue, and provide a space where we can be one. We look forward to welcoming you!


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