THURSDAY, APRIL 4
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
C1. Arts Education Leadership: Driving Towards Change Through Policy & Advocacy
Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts
Explore the latest tool from Americans for the Arts: The 12 Core Competencies of an Arts Education Leader. Through this new leadership framework, attendees will explore their own competencies as a leader, focused primarily on leading for change for our country’s most marginalized learners. Together, we will explore the current policy context and how we, as leaders, can impact change locally, in our states, and across the nation.
(Jackson A, 3rd floor)
C2. United We Discover: Applying the Social Model of Disability
Michelle L. Marigliano, Arts Education Program Manager, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
How is your organization thinking about meeting the needs of artists and students with disabilities, inclusive of all physical and intellectual traits? As organizations that bring arts education into schools and community settings, we understand that our work has the power to address systems that often perpetuate inequities, bias, stereotypes, and racism. This session focuses on the social model of disability as a way of understanding that people are disabled by social constructs and environments rather than by physical or intellectual traits. After viewing works of art, dance, and theatre by artists with disabilities, participants will identify where their own practices and program succeed or fall short. One will come way with a greater understanding of the social model of disability created by people with disabilities, and how this framework can help envision spaces that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
(Jackson B, 3rd floor)
C3. Quality: Cultivating a Community of Excellence through the National Residency Teaching Artist Credential
Valerie Branch, Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Maryland
Chris Sheard, Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Louisiana
Jenny James, Director of Education & Programs, Young Audiences of Louisiana
Brian Scheller, Teaching Artist & Director of Technology, Young Audiences of Louisiana
Stacie Sanders Evans, President & CEO, Young Audiences of Maryland
The vision behind the Young Audiences National Residency Teaching Artist Credential (TAC) is to ensure that every child will have access to quality creative arts learning experiences, and that teaching artists will play a vital role in their learning. In this session, hear from a panel of TAC working group members about how the TAC project is building toward that vision by cultivating a community of excellence among multiple stakeholders – students, teaching artists, individual affiliates, the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network, and the national arts education field. Be part of an action-research brainstorm about the professional development pathways needed for more teaching artists to earn the credential, and share your ideas, questions, and expertise about how the TAC credential project can be even more effective in promoting education equity and serving the needs of diverse learners.
(Sims A, 3rd floor)
C4. Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) Presentations
Scott Sikkema, Education Director, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
Mark Diaz, Associate Director of Education, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
Join us as we present the final projects from the Emerging Leaders Institute class of 2018/2019. The Young Audiences Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is an intensive professional development program for individuals committed to becoming transformative leaders in the arts-in-education field. Beginning at last year’s YA National Conference (then afterward, through several webinars and a meeting in Chicago), ELI participants pinpointed aspects of leadership to develop, and brainstormed ways to accomplish such goals through strategic projects undertaken at their affiliate organizations. Now, they will reconvene to present their final projects and share with you how they moved their leadership forward.
(Sims B, 3rd floor)
C5. We Can All Be Butterflies: Theatre Techniques for an Inclusive Classroom
Adrienne Shearer, Teaching Artist
Some parents of children on the autism spectrum think that a rehearsal room is the last place their child would thrive. Many individuals on the spectrum have difficulty understanding social cues, communicating, or building a connection to the world around them. When teachers can build an environment where neurotypical students work together with students on the spectrum, it’s an opportunity for all students to develop exactly these skills. This hands-on session, designed for classroom teachers and teaching artists, addresses: using theatre techniques to deepen students’ relationships with themselves and others; how to engage a large group with fun and practical strategies on a short timeline; and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. Listen to testimonials from parents, from neurotypical and neurodiverse students, teaching artists, and collaborative partners about how they have observed increased listening skills, empathy, and collaboration reflected in all participants
(Grand Ballroom, 22nd floor)