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The AEP 2014 National Forum Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts ushered in National Arts in Education Week on September 11-12 in Pittsburgh, PA. More than 270 leaders representing 178 organizations and more than 30 states explored arts-centered solutions as states and school districts across the country are implementing higher learning expectations aimed at ensuring America’s young people leave high school ready for college, careers, and citizenship. AEP believes the arts can lead the way for change during this seminal moment in American education.

Media Roundup

Life Of Learning Series – American Education and the Arts WESA 90.5 (NPR Radio)

Integrating the Arts into Education Focus of Two-Day Forum in Pittsburgh WESA 90.5 (NPR Radio)

General Roundup of WESA Stories on the AEP 2014 National Forum WESA 90.5 (NPR Radio)

Arts Education Forum Comes to Pittsburgh KDKA-TV

Arts Being Used in Local Schools KDKA-TV

Nation’s Top Education Leaders Meet in Pittsburgh KDKA-TV

Arts Education in the Pittsburgh Area KDKA-TV

National Forum in Pittsburgh Focuses on Art’s Role in Improving Education Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

National Arts Leader Tours Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Urges Arts in Education Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Educators, Experts Share Ways to Protect Arts Programs at Forum Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Guest Speakers

2014 AEP National Forum Opening Remarks, by Sandra Ruppert – AEP Director

Dr. Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts (Watch the Recording)

Be among the first to welcome Dr. Jane Chu as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts has been at the forefront of the country’s efforts to revitalize communities and build bridges to cultural understanding through the arts – something Chu has impressively demonstrated in her role as President and CEO of the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Arts in Kansas City.

Chairman Chu will bring greetings to AEP Forum attendees on Thursday, September 11.

Keynote Address & Book Signing by Bill Strickland (Watch the Recording)

Perhaps as iconic to Pittsburgh as Andy Warhol, Heinz Ketchup, and Mister Roger’s Neighborhood is the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the man behind it, William (Bill) Strickland. You won’t want to miss this powerful lunchtime keynote address with Bill Strickland, President and CEO of the nonprofit Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC). Strickland is the author of Make the Impossible Possible – a book dedicated to inspiring others to dream bigger.

Strickland has created in the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) a safe and astoundingly beautiful oasis where youth flourish in afterschool arts experiences, and life-long learning empowers its community members – his national model of urban renewal and youth arts education is being replicated across the United States and throughout the world.

National Forum attendees will enjoy a lovely reception with live student demos at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 11.

The Role of the Arts in Closing the Opportunity Gap for Student Success

Thursday, September 11 at 10:00 am (Watch the Recording)

Academic achievement and educational opportunity are inextricably linked when it comes to creating the right set of conditions for student success. As a nation, we will fail to raise levels of achievement for all students unless we ensure that every student is given an equal chance to learn and succeed.

What does the latest research say about why educational disparities exist based on family incomes, race, or ethnicity? What policies and practices are most effective in providing all students with equitable access to quality educational opportunities and resources – including those related to learning in and through the arts? And what role can arts education research, policy, and practice play in helping to close the current opportunity gap?

  • Michael Cohen, President, Achieve
  • Caroline Hendrie, Executive Director, Education Writers Association (moderator)
  • H. Richard Milner IV, Director, Center for Urban Education; Helen Faison Professor of Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • Hilary Pennington, Vice President for Education, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation

Opening remarks by Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

Reimagining — Through the Arts — the Future of Learning in the Keystone State

Friday, September 12 at 10am (Watch the Recording)

In this lively and candid conversation, hear from four Pennsylvania arts, education, and cultural leaders about current local and state efforts to provide all students with equitable access to high quality arts learning experiences both in and out of school. Learn how Pittsburgh is taking the lead in using arts-based strategies to transform teaching and learning environments that help children and young people become critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. Then hear about the steps state and local education leaders are taking to foster and support innovative approaches in the use of time, resources, and technology tailored to individual student learning needs while addressing the realities of constrained budgets, education politics, and shifting priorities.  Explore the lessons learned in the Keystone state for arts and education policy and practice implications in your local community and state

  • Ron Cowell, President, The Education Policy and Leadership Center
  • Dennis Creedon, Deputy Chief, Academic Enrichment, School District of Philadelphia
  • Linda Hippert, Executive Director, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Kristine Sorensen, Reporter/Anchor, KDKA-TV (moderator)
  • Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Campaigns for Social Change: What Works and Why

Friday, September 12 at 3:30 pm (Watch the Recording)

From seat belt safety to childhood obesity, saving the environment to the civil rights, the power to drive social change on major issues is a complex study in human behaviors, public will, and collective action. Each of these movements was driven forward through the collective success of numerous state, local, and national campaigns. What are the building blocks of successful campaigns? How does one leverage and measure the impact of partnerships with other organizations, the media, and policy leaders? What lessons on campaign strategies can be applied to the arts and education? Drawing on the expertise of artists, media experts, and arts education leaders, this conversation will explore if and how we can shape our individual arts education campaigns into a movement for a complete and competitive education for all children.

  •  Gigi Antoni, President/CEO, Big Thought
  •  Eva Bloomfield, Manager on Social Action and Programming Campaigns for Participant Media and its television network, Pivot
  • Russell Granet, Executive Director, Lincoln Center Education (moderator)
  •  Anthony “Two Touch” Veneziale, co-producer and star of Pivot’s upcoming unscripted show Freestyle Love Supreme

National Forum Planning Partner

AEP was proud to partner with the Arts Education Collaborative (AEC) who led local planning efforts to make this a successful convening. The Arts Education Collaborative was established in 1998 to respond strategically to regional needs and to pursue opportunities that provide sustainable solutions to advancing arts education. The AEC supplies professional development to arts educators and develops programs and services that respond to assessed needs for providers of the arts.

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