The 2019 AEP Annual convening took place Sept.11-12 in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Resources

 

 

 

Video Recordings

Invisible
OPENING REMARKS AND STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Welcome Remarks:
Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of the States
Mary Anne Carter, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Jamie Kasper, Incoming Director, Arts Education Partnership

Student Performance:
Katherine Nguyen, Virginia State Champion, Poetry Out Loud

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DAY 1 PLENARY: STEAM EDUCATION AS A STRATEGY FOR ENGAGING COMMUNITIES

Technology and the need for new skills are shifting our workforce — requiring workers to be more creative than ever before and demanding culturally relevant and innovative education strategies to prepare students to solve new problems. STEAM education provides students with additional access points to engage in both arts and STEM careers. This plenary session shares insights from practice to policy and explores lessons learned through panelists’ efforts to engage cultural institutions and diverse communities through STEAM education. Participants will gain new strategies related to culturally responsive teaching, inclusion of arts and cultural organizations within the education space and the role of policy in creating programming that reflects the community it serves.

Speakers:
Nile Blunt, Head, School Programs, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Marvin D. Carr, Senior Advisor, STEM and Community Relations, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nettrice R. Gaskins, Content Manager, Fab Foundation

Moderator:
Brian A. Sponsler, Vice President, Policy, Education Commission of the States

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KEYNOTE REMARKS: JAMES F. LANE

James F. Lane, Superintendent, Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education
Lane discusses the impact that music education has had on his life and shares more about the arts in education in Virginia schools.

Lane serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education, which is the administrative agency for the commonwealth’s public schools. He also serves as secretary of the state board of education. Prior to his appointment as the commonwealth’s chief school officer, Lane served as a division superintendent in Chesterfield County, Goochland County and Middlesex County. He was recognized as the 2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year for his leadership in Goochland County.

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WELCOME REMARKS AND YOUNG ARTIST AWARD PRESENTATION

Welcome Remarks:
Jeremy Anderson, President, Education Commission of the States
Bonnie Carter, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Education

2019 Young Artist Award Winner Presentation:
Nathan R. Monell, Executive Director, National Parent Teacher Association
Alasdair Hackworth, 2019 Young Artist Award Winner

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STEAM EDUCATION AS A STRATEGY FOR ENGAGING COMMUNITIES

This plenary session shares insights from practice to policy and explores lessons learned through panelists’ efforts to engage cultural institutions and diverse communities through STEAM education. 

This was an AMAZING conference. I learned A LOT and am bringing back SO MANY new ideas and new contacts. I can’t wait for the next one …

– 2019 AEP Annual Convening Attendee

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits