Breakout Sessions

Thursday, April 5, 2018


Breakout Sessions A – Cohort Groups

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1A  Executive Directors

2A  Board Leadership

3A  Development, Marketing & Communications

4A  Technology, Operations and Finance

5A  Teaching Artists – Teaching and Learning

6A  Emerging Leaders


Breakout Sessions B        

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


1B  Leadership for K-12 Administrators and Arts Educators

Jamie Kasper, Associate Director, Arts Education Collaborative

In this session, learn about two successful leadership training programs for arts educators and school administrators, and the evaluation results that have been gathered to measure their impact. The Arts Education Collaborative’s Leadership Academy started in 2000 as a leadership training program for school and community arts educators. Eighteen years later, with more than 160 graduates, these alumni are flourishing in their schools and organizations. Community of Learners for Arts Education (CLAE), a program for school administrators, began in 2012. Eighty graduates now work as change agents in their schools to advocate for and support quality arts education for students. These two programs have been instrumental in building southwestern Pennsylvania’s regional support for arts education.   Evaluation data from both programs indicate that participants are more knowledgeable about the impact of arts education, more confident advocating for student learning in the arts, and take a leadership role in supporting the arts in their schools and organizations.

2B  Innovative Professional Development:  Transforming Arts Education Through Teacher Training

Jason Diminich, Education Director, Think 360 Arts for Learning

Bruce Uhrmacher, PhD., Professor, University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education

Now in its 38th year, The Institute for Creative Teaching (ICT) is one of the longest-running arts-integration courses in the country. Through a strong partnership with the University of Denver, ICT continues to meet the needs of teachers and receives the highest accolades from participants. In this session, learn about the history of the Institute as well as best practices for professional development geared toward classroom teachers, school administrators, and teaching-artists. Dr. Uhrmacher will share his theory of CRISPA and lead participants through a hands-on demonstration around aesthetic education. CRISPA is a research-based approach to instruction and planning that relies on the use of Connections, Risk-Taking, Imagination, Sensory Experience, Perceptivity, and Active Engagement.

3B  New Performances:  How Play Improves Police and Community Relations

Lainie Hodges, Teaching Artist, Improv Alchemy

This session focuses on improving relationships between police officers and young people, and participants will learn how to use arts, performance, and play in all social justice work to build understanding, strengthen relationships and create healthier communities.  Across America, police officers and many young people of color in the communities they serve are experiencing unprecedented tension and distrust. Improv Alchemy uses improvisation games and exercises to create spaces for dialogue that foster greater understanding, shifted perceptions and healthier relationships between officers and young people. Performance and play allow us to create something new together and step out of the roles we’ve grown accustomed to. For many young people, these workshops are the first positive interaction they’ve had with officers, a vital foundational step in relating to each other differently.  By changing the environment in which young people and officers interact, we change their collective performance in other environments as well. 

4B Evaluating Arts-in-Education: Common Challenges, Diverse Approaches

Jonathan Frochtzwajg
Grants Manager, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Young Audiences affiliates have something to prove. Whether from personal experience, or informal feedback, or the compelling research, we know that arts-in-education boosts students’ learning and illuminates children’s lives. However, we must still make this case to funders and district administrators. Evaluation allows us to do that, but arts-in-education work presents challenges when it comes to identifying valuable outcomes and collecting data. In this panel discussion, affiliates from the Oregon & SW Washington, and two other affiliates will share their approaches to improve evaluation efforts.


Breakout Sessions C

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 pm

1C  Adding It Up:  How to Read an Audit, Not for Profit Accounting Basics, P&L Statements, School Based Budgets and Everything Else.

Cheryl Fellows and David Fellows, Principals, The Fellows Group, Boulder, CO

Are you mystified by the many financial reports and data that your staff and audit committee provides about your organization? Join Cheryl and David Fellows in this session devoted to understanding key financial reports including: the annual audit, accounting basics, P&L statement, budgets, and reports.  The more you understand these key financial reports and the picture they provide about the financial health of your organization, the greater confidence you will have in fulfilling your fiduciary responsibilities.

2C  YASalesForce 101

Angela Yetter, Chris Schondel, Amy Baskin

In this session learn about the advantages and tips for of using SalesForce. SalesForce is a Constituent Management System that has been adopted by sixteen YA affiliates.  YASalesForce merges scheduling, communications and invoicing functions. There are also optional enhancements available including a Calendar App, an Artist Portal, and synchronizing YASalesforce to your affiliate financial software package.  

3C  Teaching Artist Credentialing Program (Part 1)


Pat Cruz
Chief Innovation Officer, Young Audiences of Maryland

Brian Scheller
Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Louisiana

Meet the first National Teaching Artist Applicants Cohort. Artists and affiliates are invited to learn about an exciting new initiative to bring national recognition to Young Audiences’ fabulous teaching artists.  We will share goals and benefits, provide an overview to the process, review a sample application, and gather feedback from the cohort, and others, on the application process in order to revise and refine for future rounds.

4C  Thinking Creatively About Thought Leadership in Arts Education

Peter Milligan, Manager, Education Communication, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Bryna Shindell, Manager, National and Affiliate Service, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

During this session, attendees will hear experiences, best practices, and lessons learned in becoming a thought leader in the early childhood education space from Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, an organization that is currently executing a thought leadership strategy. Explore Wolf Trap Institute’s current thought leadership platform, Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning, to uncover best practices and lessons learned in real-time. Learn to establish a thought leadership value proposition (what unique point of view you bring to your space), challenges, vehicles, and tactics. Begin developing a thought leadership framework that you can build out and share with your internal stakeholders.

5C  Reaching At-Risk Youth Through the Arts

Isaac Barron, Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Houston

Join dancer Isaac Brown in this lively and participatory workshop to learn more about: 1. the significance of working with at-risk youth and how art can impact their education and future; 2. the importance of residencies and their long-term impact in reaching at-risk youth; 3. how a positive role model can help influence positive life choices, and 4. strategies to break down barriers between the student and teaching artist. Teachers and partnering agencies can gain a fresh perspective on artist residencies, particularly hip-hop dance which tends to be stereotyped all too often. 


Friday, April 6


Breakout Sessions D – Cohort Groups

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

1D  Board and Executive Leadership

2D  Development, Marketing & Communications

3D  Technology, Operations and Finance

4D  Teaching Artists – Teaching and Learning

5D  Emerging Leaders Group Meeting


Breakout Sessions E

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


1E Everyone Has to Leave Sometime: Getting Ready for the Unexpected or the Inevitable

Marsha Dobrzynski
Executive Director, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Is your affiliate prepared for a change in leadership? Effective leadership is critical to all organizations. Succession planning helps both staff and board be prepared for the inevitable changes, both planned and unplanned, that occur in all levels of an organization. It helps to identify future leaders and create development plans to support professional growth. Most importantly, succession planning ensures long term sustainability, mission, and community impact. Organizations should prepare for leadership succession months, even years, before an actual transition occurs. What are the steps that board and executive directors should do to be better prepared? Whose responsibility is it? Planning is the critical component to ensuring effective leadership transition. In this workshop, learn how to develop plans for two types of leadership transition – emergency transitions and strategic leadership development for future transition.

2E Getting Feedback: How We Built an Evaluation System with Salesforce

Josephine Kuever
Program Operations Manager, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Learn how YA of Oregon and SW Washington increased the feedback they needed and received from teachers and administrators about their programs. Josephine will talk about creating custom objects and Visualforce pages in Salesforce, an online survey application called GetFeedback, and a Google Docs add-on called Yet Another Mail Merge. This workshop will not focus on the content of the questions being asked of their school contacts but will provide a demonstration of the technology YA of Oregon currently uses to address their needs. This workshop offers ideas on how you can bring more of your programmatic activities into Salesforce and how this program information is so beneficial to other staff members in your organization.

3E  Get Your Integration On!

Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, Associate Director of Education and Curriculum Management

DCPA Education, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

A trusted resource for students of all ages, educators, and families, DCPA Education’s programming in schools, on site, and through live theatre experiences ignites and nurtures curiosity and discovery thereby empowering unforgettable shared experiences through the process, artistry and craft of theatre. In this workshop Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski and members of the Teaching Artist faculty share their experiences in nurturing education-based collaborations with other cultural and service providers. Through curricular improv techniques, they’ll introduce you to the empowering and diverse work of DCPA Education. All workshop activities are explored in terms of easy adaptations to reach all ages and learning populations.

4E  National Residency TA Credential: Four Competencies and Peer to Peer Sharing
(Part 2)

Pat Cruz
Chief Innovation Officer, Young Audiences of Maryland

Brian Scheller
Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Louisiana

Join us for an informal roundtable discussion for pilot cohort attendees as well as those interested in learning more about the National Residency TA Credential.  Top scoring teaching artists will share their expertise on how to embed reflection throughout a residency as well as how they addressed the four Competencies: Artistry, Planning, Instruction, and Community in their applications.

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