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Now What? An Action Plan for Advancing Arts Education

Description Join us for our closing plenary session centered on applying the key takeaways from the AEP Virtual Gathering to…

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A Model for Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Practice Through the Arts

Description Can the arts education sector be a leader in implementing trauma-informed and healing-centered strategies and principles? This session offers…

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Virtual Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic

Description The pandemic required arts organizations to pivot swiftly from "in-person" arts education programming to "virtual." Many discovered that even…

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Hip Hop Education as an Abolitionist Praxis

Description Participants in this session will have an opportunity to interrogate traditional narratives in arts education by positioning Hip Hop…

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STEM-Integrated Arts: A Discussion With Some “Sciencey” People

Description Presenters introduce participants to a professional development program, supported by a U.S. Department of Education grant, that promotes STEM-integrated…

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Are We Advancing Equity for Students With Disabilities?

Description Today's discussions around diversity, equity and inclusion frequently leave out disability. We believe that the arts and education community…

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Midcasting Towards Just Futures: Creative Youth Development and Systems Change in the Pandemic

Description Earlier this year, The Lewis Prize for Music published a white paper, “Midcasting Toward Just Futures: Creative Youth Development’s…

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Connecting Schools and Communities to Build an Inclusive Arts Ecosystem

Description The shift to virtual learning for many young people during the past two years impacted the connection between classrooms…

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Tradition, Technology and Healing: Using Digital Tools to Transmit Oral Traditions

Description In what ways can young people draw connections between their lives today and oral traditions or culturally rooted poetry…

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Laugh Now, Cry Later

Description This session shares a range of media and theater exercises, including storytelling, scenes and interviews, to bring participants on…

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Advancing Policy by De-siloing Arts Education & Disability Studies: Examples in Kansas and New York

Description The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs began convening a leadership network in 2018 to foster dialogue…

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Investing in Creativity and Authenticity – Building an Expanded Definition of Arts Education

Description What were your first arts internships or jobs like? How old were you when they happened? What have you…

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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