2017 AEP Annual Convening

This two-day event convened more than 150 arts and education leaders from across the nation to support the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life. AEP is pleased to share the following resources from this event, including videos, session presentations and additional materials that AEP partner organizations and all arts and education leaders and stakeholders can continue to utilize and share.


2017 AEP Annual Convening Resources


AEP Annual Convening Kickoff

      • Welcome remarks from Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of the States
      • Opening remarks from Jane R. Best, Director, Arts Education Partnership
      • Welcome remarks from Mary Anne Carter, Senior Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
      • Student Performance — Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) Latin Jazz Ensemble

        The CHEC Latin Jazz Ensemble has existed for seven years. The 16-piece ensemble includes students from ninth-12th grade, with a primary focus to spread Latin and Afro-Cuban music to the community and beyond. Some of the works include salsa, samba, bossa nova and Latin rock. In addition to Latin jazz, the students perform many other styles of jazz, including blues, swing, funk and many well-known jazz standards. The CHEC Latin Jazz Ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center, various music festivals and local elementary schools, and received excellent ratings at the District of Columbia Public Schools Music Festival last school year. Visit checdc.org for more information. @CHECArts

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Building Leadership Capacity Through Diversity, Cultural Equity and Inclusion

This panel discussion focuses on how the arts in education community can continue to strengthen systems and organizational capacity through a strong focus on diversity, cultural equity and inclusion.

Moderator: Ayanna Hudson, Director, Arts Education, National Endowment for the Arts

Panelists: Leticia Buckley, Acting Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission; John-Paul Hayworth, Executive Director, District of Columbia State Board of Education

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          • LA County Arts Report Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative: Executive Summary
          • LA County Arts Report Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative: Full Report


Keynote Address

Arkansas Sen. Joyce Elliot
Sen. Elliott shares her personal story and unique perspective regarding the transformational power of education.

Sen. Elliot is serving her first term in the Arkansas Senate. She is the Senate Majority Whip for the 88th General Assembly and currently represents District 33 in Little Rock, Ark. She was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2000 and finished her final term in the House due to term limits in 2006. Civically, Elliott is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Arkansas Women’s Forum and the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum. She serves on the board of directors for several organizations.

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    AEP Annual Convening Day Two Spotlight

              • Overview of the Day from Jane R. Best, Director, Arts Education Partnership
              • 2017 Young Artist Award Interview with Education Commission of the States President Jeremy Anderson and Abby Huston, Middletown High School, Myersville, Md.

                Abby Huston is a senior at Middletown High School in Myersville, Md., and a 2017 Maryland State Award of Merit winner. She has played the piano since seventh grade and enjoys performing classical music. Abby received a National PTA Reflections Award for the 2016-17 “What is Your Story?” theme for her artwork, The Hue of Music, pictured on the front cover of this program.

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    The Importance of Arts Education in Workforce Preparation

    This panel discussion focuses on the important role the arts can play in ensuring students gain the 21st century skills needed to succeed in the workplace, and what skills policymakers and employers focus on for the future workforce.

    Moderator: Doug Herbert, Supervisor, Arts and Education Programs, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education

    Panelists: Sen. David Sokola, Delaware State Senate; Allyson Knox, Director of Education Policy and Programs, Microsoft; David Ross, CEO, Partnership for 21st Century Learning

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    Closing Keynote Address

          • Introduction by Dennis Inhulsen, Chief Learning Officer, National Art Education Association
          • Keynote remarks from Dr. Earl Franks, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals
            Dr. Franks brings his background as a former music teacher, principal and statewide advocate to discuss the role school leaders have in advancing arts education.

            Dr. Franks is a veteran association executive with more than three decades of K-12 education experience, serves as the seventh executive director of NAESP. Prior to serving as executive director for the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS), he served as a leader on the CLAS Board of Directors. Franks served as a principal from 1999-2008 at a pre-K-12 school serving 1,000+ students. Prior to his role as a principal, he earned a glowing reputation as an award-winning band director.

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