Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening, Portland, Oregon, September 13-14

We loved sharing, learning and gathering together for the 2022 Annual Convening, Sept. 14-15 in Baltimore, MD! Please enjoy these recordings of the plenary sessions from the event.

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Purple line illustration of the Portland skyline including a bridge and Mt. Hood

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Land Acknowledgement and See Me. I Am. HEAR

We were honored to be joined by the Jim Pepper Native Arts Council who led us through a land acknowledgement.

We then heard from the participants of the I Am M.O.R.E. project of the Soul Restoration Center. The participants led attendees in an opening session featuring performances, discussion and artmaking.

Dr. Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education

Demystifying Funding to Support Arts Education

In this session, we heard from a panel of funders representing multiple role groups. Their discussion helped clarify and spark new ideas to build support for arts education efforts. 

Thursday, Sept. 14

Sustaining Arts Education Through a Changing Landscape

In this long conversation, we heard from experts who shared strategies, experiences and new ideas for the arts to lead the way in education toward long term impact and sustainability. 

Congresswoman Bonamici, First Congressional District of Oregon

Activating Our Learning to Plan for Change

This session, facilitated by AEP Advisory Council members, led the group through an action planning exercise to explore how the lessons learned at the Annual Convening can be utilized to effect change. 

Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

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