Thank you to all who joined us for the 2013 National Forum Arts, Education, and the Next America.
The Arts Education Partnership’s (AEP) 2013 National Forum was held on Thursday and Friday, April 4-5 in Washington, DC. This was the largest National Forum to date; thank you to all who participated. This year’s attendance included:
- 291 leaders in education, arts, business, culture, government and philanthropy sectors
- 178 different organizations working on the federal, state, and local levels; and
- 34 different states were represented.
To see the full list of Forum attendees, download the 2013 Participant Roster.
About the 2013 theme:
The status quo in American public education will no longer do. Seismic shifts in student demographics are creating more culturally and linguistically diverse populations, emerging academic standards and technologies are setting the bar for higher achievement, and the changing priorities of our country’s leadership are making way for the next America. The America of the future should be one in which all students have equal access and opportunity to a high quality public education that includes the arts as an essential component.
These factors compel today’s arts and education leaders to re-envision how they address students’ diverse and individual needs, to be innovative in their approach to new academic standards and practices, and to cultivate deeper connections with the communities they serve. Doing more of what’s working and what’s undeniably right for every young person must be the order of the day.
National Forum Highlights:
- A selection of 22 exceptional concurrent sessions representing a diverse range of topics and communities from around the country
- Plenary sessions featuring prominent arts and education leaders discussing next generation leadership, the arts and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and educating the “Next America”
- Closing keynote address and book signing by Dr. John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design
- Opening performance by Pasa Nuevo from the GALA Hispanic Theatre, a 2012 recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Award
Follow the links above to learn about the concurrent sessions and to access resources from the presentations. Check back soon for recordings of the plenary sessions.
More 2013 National Forum Resources:
- Opening Remarks by Sandra Ruppert, AEP Director, on Thursday, April 4
- National Forum Program Booklet
- Facebook Photo Album