The shift to virtual learning for many young people during the past two years impacted the connection between classrooms and communities in an unprecedented way. While the two learning environments have always been inextricably linked, the shift in learning brought challenges and demands for education providers, learners and caregivers. This panel discussion explores what has worked during this adaptive period that can still work after the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists critically examine what needs to change to make learning environment models sustainable for the future. They also discuss how to build and support an arts education ecosystem that is more inclusive of community artists and partners and that reflects the communities and cultures of young people served. Participants at this panel conversation will gain a better understanding of the barriers that limit meaningful collaboration among classroom teachers, teaching artists and community arts organizations and the current opportunities to support a more inclusive arts education ecosystem.
Abigail Gómez, Chair, Virginia Commission for the Arts
Mike O’Bryan, Humanature
Miko Lee, Co-Executive Director, Teaching Artists Guild
Victor Sawyer, Co-Chair, National Advisory Committee and Fellowship Coach, Memphis Music Initiative
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