Jamie Kasper

As director of the Arts Education Partnership, Jamie works with over 100 partner organizations to support arts learning across the United States. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, Jamie worked for Arts Education Collaborative in Pittsburgh and was previously the state arts curriculum advisor at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Jamie is also an active musician who spends time on the weekends rehearsing or performing with various groups.
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Building Leadership Capacity Through the 2021 AEP Virtual Gathering
Jamie Kasper
07 September 2021

AEP’s strategic mission is to build leadership capacity for arts and education leaders, and a key component of this mission is connecting people so they can learn from each other. AEP staff members keep this in mind with all our work, from quarterly partner webinars and new policy products to onboarding conversations with potential partners […]

The Role of Student Voices on State Boards of Education
Jamie Kasper
22 June 2021

Did you know that of the 54 states and territories tracked by the National Association of State Boards of Education, 50 have boards of education (BOE) responsible for setting education policy? And 24 of those include student representatives as members of their state boards of education? We didn’t, so we were interested to learn that […]

What We Know — and Don’t Know — About the Status of Arts Education
Jamie Kasper
11 May 2021

As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic and approach the end of a school year spent entirely within the pandemic’s shadow, we find ourselves questioning what impact changes in the education landscape will have on arts education throughout the United States. In this post, we attempt to capture a baseline status of […]

What We’ve Learned About Innovations in Arts Education During a Pandemic
Jamie Kasper
15 April 2021

AEP recently published a series of success stories featuring partners’ and affiliates’ pandemic-related innovations. We asked common questions of each interviewee about factors that led them to innovate, relationships they had to leverage or build, barriers they experienced and what they would do differently if they could go back in time. For this post, we […]

Welcome to ArtsEd Amplified!
Jamie Kasper
15 March 2021

AEP is proud to launch the new ArtsEd Amplified blog! While we’ll continue to cross-post relevant policy-related items on the ECS Ed Note blog, ArtsEd Amplified will provide a platform to showcase great work by partners and affiliates that might not be directly related to policy. Our strategic mission emphasizes building capacity for arts and […]

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