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

 

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2020 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Better Together:  Excelling in Extraordinary Times

A virtual learning conference presented by Arts Schools Network 


 

Conference Day 1
Friday, November 6, 2020
Reimagining Arts Education: Adapting, Adjusting, and Achieving


Today we focus on what we know and do best: The arts, and how we are shaping them for the future.

7:00 am EST                 
Daily Communication & Student Performance Sent

12:00 pm EST             
Opening Remarks 

12:30 – 1:30 pm EST
Opening Keynote:  André De Shields
André De Shields originated the role of Hermes on Broadway in the musical Hadestown, winning the
2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical
Theater Album for his performance. 
 
1:45 – 2:45 pm EST     
LIVE SESSION
SEEKing Insights from Arts
James Wells, Crayola
 
BREAK                           
Watch Pre-Recorded Break Out Sessions (listen at your convenience):
 
Theater
Adapting and Adjusting
Cameron Knight, Professor of Theater, North Carolina School of the Arts
Rayme Cornell, Professor of Theater, Webster University
 
Dance
Title coming soon
Keysha McKey, Director of Dance, New Orleans Creative Arts Academy (NOCCA)
 
All Arts
Showcasing Students - in ALL of the Arts!
Karen Becker, Music Specialist, Garner Fine Arts Academy
Landon Birge, Music Specialist, Garner Fine Arts Academy
Annette Tremmel, Arts Specialist, Garner Fine Arts Academy
 
Cinematic Arts
Reimagining Cinematic Arts - Strategic Pedagogies & Implementation Strategies
Drew McClellan, Chair, Department of Cinematic Art, Los Angeles County School of the Arts
 
Visual Arts
Info coming soon
 
Music
Virtual Ensembles: How-To, Pros, and Cons
John Seaton, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
 
5:00 pm EST                
Daily Knowledge Exchange

6:00 pm EST               
Coffee/Happy Hour Social Session

 
Conference Day 2
Monday, November 9, 2020
Maintaining Effectiveness during a Pandemic

Today we look to find new ways to adjust during a global pandemic by pivoting and reshaping old ways.

7:00 am EST                
Daily Communication & Student Performance Sent

11:30 am EST             
Coffee Social

12:00 pm EST             
Opening Remarks
            
12:15 pm EST             
Regional Moderated Discussions
 
BREAK                           
Watch Pre-Recorded Break Out Sessions (listen at your convenience):
 
Leading Schools in Challenging and Uncertain Times
Michael Meeks, Consultant
Lynn Meeks, Consultant
 
Navigating to the Opportunity Zone: Where Can Arts Schools Innovate after the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Jeff Poulin, Managing Director, Creative Generation
Dr. Dennie Palmer-Wolf, Principal Researcher, WolfBrown
           
Student Engagement: Learning from the past to inform present and future classrooms
Kim Wilson, Director, Arts In Basic Curriculum Project (ABC)
Carol Baker, Director of Outreach and Community Engagement, SC Governor's School for Arts & Humanities
Jennifer Thomas, Dean and Vice President of Arts and Academics, SC Governor's School for Arts & Humanities
 
Chicago’s Urban Arts Festival Transitioned from Live to Digital in Six Short Weeks!
Kari L. Sommers, Associate Dean of Student Life, Columbia College Chicago
 
5:00 pm EST                
Daily Knowledge Exchange
 

 
Conference Day 3
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Dismantling the Status Quo - Issues of Equity

 
Today we do the work to address issues of inequity, racism, and discrimination in our schools.

7:00 am EST                
Daily Communication & Student Performance Sent

11:30 am EST             
Coffee Social

12:00 pm EST             
Opening Remarks

12:15 -1:30 pm EST   
Student Panel: Hearing the Voice of our Students
Moderated student panel discussion
 
BREAK                                                     
Watch Pre-Recorded Break Out Sessions (listen at your convenience):
 
Drag Queen Story Time: What's All the Fuss?
Delta Blow, The Studio School
 
Serving Marginalized Communities
Dr. Denise David-Cotton, Director, Florida Center for the Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching
 
Addressing Issues of Equity within the Status Quo
Drew McClellan, Chair, Cinematic Arts Department, Los Angeles County School of the Arts
 
5:00 pm EST                
Daily Knowledge Exchange


Conference Day 4 (Leadership)
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Courageous Leadership:  A Special Day for ASN School Leaders

Today we focus on the leaders of our schools. Providing deep-dive discussions on topics from the top.

7:00 am EST                
Daily Communication & Student Performance Sent

12:00 pm EST             
Welcome

12:15 -1:30 pm EST     
Facilitated Conversation of School Leaders
Marty Linski, Facilitator/Speaker - Leadership in Times of Uncertainty
What does it mean to be in a position of senior authority in a moment of radical uncertainty?
How do you manage when the normal expectations on you to have all the answers are
exponentially intensified and you don’t have the foggiest idea of what to do? Of all the
qualities that enabled you to achieve your present success, which is now getting in the way
of addressing the challenges in front of you? Let’s try to tackle some of these questions and 
whatever else is keeping you awake at night. What adaptations have you made to deal with
the trifecta we are all experiencing: COVID,the future of race relations, and the most intense 
election season of our lives.
 
2:00 – 3:30 pm EST     
LIVE Deep-Dive Break-Out Sessions

Discussion 1:  Panel Discussion with College & University Deans & Presidents
 
Dr. Andrew T. Hsu
President, College of Charleston
 
Dr. Aldo Billingslea
Former Provost for Equity, Santa Clara University
Professor of Theater
 
Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim
President, Columbia College of the Arts
 
Dr. Nancy Uscher
Dean of the College of Arts and Science, University of Nevada Las Vegas
 
Discussion 2:  A moderated Panel of School Leaders: 
How has the current environment changed schools and what will be changed going forward?
 
Briant Williams, Principal
Rainey McCullers School of the Arts, Columbus, GA
 
Jason Patera, Head of School
Chicago Academy for the Arts, Chicago, IL
 
Lisa Sherman-Colt, Executive Director
Oakland School of the Arts, Oakland, CA
 
Richard Trujillo, Artistic Director
San Diego School of the Performing and Visual Arts, San Diego, CA
 
Moderated by: Mitzi Lizarraga, former ASN Board Member
 

Discussion 3:  Legal Issues for Schools
Presenter:  Jaimee Collins, Partner, Adams & Reese, LLP
 
4:00 pm EST                
Daily Knowledge Exchange

5:00 pm EST               
Coffee/Happy Hour Social
 

 
Conference Day 5
Friday, November 13, 2020

Creative Rejuvenation through Mindfulness, Self-Care & Deliberate Action

Today, we focus on your emotional health and well-being. Get centered, find space, and breathe.

7:00 am EST                
Daily Communication & Student Performance Sent

10:45 am EST                         
Opening Remarks

11:00 - 11:45 am  EST            
Keynote: Michelle Johnson
Social justice warrior, author, dismantling racism trainer, empath, yoga teacher and practitioner, and an intuitive healer.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm EST        
LIVE: Achieving Peak Performance Through Creative Mindfulness                                                   
Edward Young III, E3 Motivates/Campuspeak 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST          
LIVE:  Mindfulness, Social Emotional Learning, and the Arts
Peggy Burt, Mindful Strategies 

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm EST           
LIVE: Another great mindful session - TBA
 
4:00 - 4:30 pm EST                  
Welcome to Chicago! 
ASN 2021 Conference, Columbia College Chicago

4:30 - 4:45 pm EST                  
Closing Remarks

 

 

**Please note: the schedule is subject to change.