April 5-7, 2018 @ Le Meridien Denver Downtown 

1475 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
(303) 893-1888 |

All events take place on the second floor unless marked otherwise. Draft as of 2-14-18. For a printable PDF version of the latest agenda, click here.


Noon  – 5:00 p.m. Registration Pre-Function Area
2:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m. Executive Directors Council meeting Kebler Pass 1
 6:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m.  Cocktail Reception for all Conference registrants Dinner on your own  tba

THURSDAY, APRIL 5  – Intensive Peer Building with Your Cohort

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration Pre-Function Area
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
9:00 a.m. Welcome David A. Dik, National Executive Director, Young Audiences, Inc. and Think 360 Arts Representative Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session Keynote Speaker        Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of The States, a national policy organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers. Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions A – Cohort Groups
1A   Executive Directors Kebler Pass 1
2A   Board Leadership Kebler Pass 2
3A   Development, Marketing & Communications Longs Peak
4A   Technology, Operations and Finance Golden Boardroom
5A   Teaching Artists – Teaching and Learning Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
6A   Emerging Leaders Hidden Valley
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. National Board Meeting Golden Boardroom
12:15 p.m.– 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Plenary Session Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
2:00  p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions B
1B   Leadership for K-12 Administrators and Arts Educators,   Jamie Kasper, Arts Education Collaborative
2B   Innovative Professional Development: Transforming Arts Education, Through Teacher Training, Jason Diminich, Think 360 Arts and Bruce Uhrmacher, University of Denver
3B  New Performances: How Play Improves Police & Community Relations, Laine Hodges, Improv Alchemy
3:15 p.m.  – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m.  – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions C
1C  Adding It Up: How to Read an Audit, Not for Profit Accounting Basics, P&L Statements, School Based Budgets, and Everything Else!
 2C  YASalesforce 101, Angela Yetter, Chris Schondel, Amy Baskin
  3C  Teaching Artist Credentialing Program
 4C  Thinking Creatively About Thought Leadership in Arts Education, Peter Milligan, Wolf Trap Foundation for Performing Arts and Bryna Shindell, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning
 5C  Reaching At-Risk Youth Through the Arts, Isaac Barron, Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Houston
 6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Gather in Lobby – walk to Host Welcome Event  Lobby
 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Welcome Host Event: Tansey Contemporary Art Gallery  1743 Wazee Street, Suite 150, Denver, CO. Join Think 360 Arts for Learning at the Tansey Contemporary Art Gallery, located in the heart of downtown Denver, to celebrate the work of all Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliates. Think 360 Arts is proud to share this time with YA affiliates, their local community partners, supporters and friends. The evening includes cocktails, tasty tacos from Illegal Pete’s, and entertainment by Think 360 Arts roster artists.  Guests can also stroll around the gallery which exhibits museum quality collectible objects from artists, designers and makers from all over the world.  Tansey Contemporary Art Gallery

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 – Relationship Building with Your Peers

8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 am Breakout Sessions D – Cohort Groups
1D  Board and Executive Leadership Kebler Pass 2
2D  Development, Marketing & Communications Hidden Valley
3D  Technology, Operations and Finance Long Peak
4D  Teaching Artists – Teaching & Learning Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
5D  Emerging Leaders Group Meeting Golden Board Room
 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions E
1E  Everyone Has to Leave Sometime:  Getting Ready for the Unexpected or the Inevitable  Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
2E  Getting Feedback: How We Built an Evaluation System with Salesforce, Josephine Kuever, YA of Oregon & SW Washington
3E  Evaluating Arts-in-Education: Common Challenges, Diverse Approaches, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Grants Manager, YA of Oregon and SW Washington
4E  Get Your Arts Integration On!   Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, DCPA Education
5E  Teaching Artist Credentialing Panel Discussion
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Buffet Lunch Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
1:30 pm. – 3:00 pm Teaching and Learning Salon: Small group networking – Group table discussions Grove Ballroom 1 & 2 and AC Lounge
3:00 p.m. Cultural Explorations & Experiences – Downtown Denver is a cultural hub. Opportunities to visit museums and selected cultural venues. (Set number of passes for each tour option)

  • Golden Triangle District: Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and Kirkland Art Museum
  • Coors Baseball Field Tour
  • Denver Performing Arts Complex – Backstage Tour of the Opera House
  • Think 360 Artist showcase at Understudy arts space in the Colorado Convention Center
6:00 p.m. Evening Free Dinner on Your Own – Restaurant suggestions and sign-up sheets at Registration First Friday Art Walk

  • Arts District on Santa Fe
  • Tennyson Street Arts District
  • Arts on Belmar
  • South Pearl Street 40 West Arts

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 –  Network Assembly:  The Young Audiences Arts for Learning Network – Next Steps

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Network Assembly Report-outs from Group meetings Continuing the Discussion                                                             Grove Ballroom 1 & 2
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Closing and Farewell Performance by the band Flobots (invited) Grove Ballroom 1 & 2