Thursday, April 23
Breakout Session A: 10:45 a.m. - Noon
Choice between three sessions
A1. Now What? Closing the Leadership Gap
Amanda Cebula, Director of Project Development, Kansas Leadership Center
Julia Fabris McBride, Vice President, Kansas Leadership Center
Now What? Closing the Leadership Gap will focus on creating “experiments,” or next steps, in relation to each individual’s own challenges. This session will expand on The Leadership Gap keynote by helping participants dig deeper into how to apply their newfound leadership knowledge. By exploring ideas like “working across factions” and “experimenting beyond your comfort zone” participants will walk away with tangible steps to start working on during this conference and beyond.
A3. The Power of SalesForce
Angela Yetter, Scheduling Director, Arts for Learning Indiana
Kurtis Donnelly, Program Director, Young Audiences of Maryland
The YA network recently implemented the most popular and powerful Constituent Management System, SalesForce. Learn best practices and information on how to use this dynamic software in your organization. Participants can develop a document of common issues and solutions, create a wish-list of potential changes and upgrades and strengthen the community of users in the YA network.
A4. Blast Off to Health: The Blending of Arts and Health Programs
Kara Armstrong, Director of Arts Education, Kansas City Young Audiences
Kevin Dolan, Teaching Artist, Kansas City Young Audiences
Jay and Leslie Cady Teaching Artists, Kansas City Young Audiences
In this session, presenters outline the collaborative process used to develop an interactive series of arts programs entitled, “Blast Off to Health.” In 2012 Blue Cross Blue Shield granted Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) funds to develop arts programming for K-2nd grade students that focused on healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention. The design team created a music performance, movement and theatre workshops, and multi-disciplined residencies that engaged students in highly active arts activities and creative play, which allowed them to gain knowledge about healthy lifestyle choices. In this session, you’ll learn the techniques used to maintain strong arts instruction and curriculum ties to a healthy life-style and program components used in the program.
Thursday, April 23
Breakout Session B: 2 - 3:15 p.m.
Choice between three sessions
B2. Harnessing the Power of STEM and the Arts
Lisa Muci, Program Director, Arts Partners, Wichita, KS
Kimberly McDowell, Ph.D., Independent Researcher and Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University
Aaron Fowler, Arts Partners Artist Coordinator and Teaching Artist
Armando Minjárez, Arts Partners Teaching Artist
(Classroom Teacher TBD, McLean Science and Technology Magnet Elementary, Wichita, KS)
Learn how Arts Partners experienced a 300% increase in the development of STEM-based programs in the last two years. By collaborating with STEM and educational professionals, Arts Partners created numerous workshops guiding teachers and teaching artists to gain confidence to integrate the arts with STEM subjects. The session includes examples of exemplary STEM programs by Arts Partners teaching artists.
B3. Re-Balancing Act: Engaging New Audiences and Moving Toward Sustainable Fundraising
Michelle Green Arnson, Development & Marketing, Chicago Arts Partnerships In Education
Amy Rasmussen, Executive Director, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
Learn how to create sustainable fund raising plans and strategies for your organization. The presenters will share examples of new branding language to target individual donors, social media and print materials that engaged their board in a new fundraising process. Last year, CAPE decided to focus on individual and sustainable fundraising in order to decrease its reliance on grants from government and corporate entities. Through a partnership with Taproot, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting other nonprofits to pro-bono services offered by private-sector consultants, and by adopting the Benevon model of sustainable fundraising, CAPE overhauled its approach for finding, reaching, and engaging new and lapsed individual donors. Their efforts have created new, low-pressure ways for their board members, teachers, teaching artists, and extended networks to become more involved in supporting an organization they care about.
Thursday, April 23
Breakout Session C: 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Choice between three sessions
C2. The Next Evolution of Residencies: Embedded Professional Development
Pat Cruz, Education Director, Young Audiences of Maryland
Jessica Porter, School Relationship and Program Manager, Young Audiences of Maryland
This session provides educators with training and hands-on experience, observation, and feedback. Re-designing artist-in-residence programs to be a service for teachers helps address important school goals, and it gives artists and teachers the time and space to plan, understand, and learn from each other. In this workshop two models are presented: the Teaching Artists Institute Model – a more in-depth model that is attached to an arts integration seminar and the Embedded PD Residency Model – a more flexible model that can be custom designed to fit budgets and schedules. Presenters discuss strategies such as developing teacher cohorts, peer presentations, and evidence collected from a three-year Title One school district partnership.
C3. The Right Brain Initiative and the Art of Collaboration
Marna Stalcup, Director Education, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon
Briana Linden, Program Implementation, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington
The Right Brain Initiative has garnered local, statewide and national recognition as an effective model for school change. In this session learn how community support can result in systemic arts education and significant impact on teacher practice and student learning. The presenters will cover: the community’s arts education challenges and needs; evolution of the Right Brain model; examples of teacher/artist collaboration as an approach to deepening student understanding; evidence of student learning including test score data. The Right Brain Initiative is a public-private partnership of school districts, local government, private donors, and the cultural community, working together to ensure that arts education is accessible to every K-8 student in the Portland, OR metro region.
C4. Maximize Your Impact in High-Need Communities through Collaboration
Jeanette S. McCune, Director, DC School and Community Initiatives, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Director, Research and Evaluation, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
How do you connect residents to the variety of cultural opportunities in a community? Learn how the Kennedy Center’s role as a presenter and producer of performing artists works to ensure access and participation for Washington, D.C. public and charter schools students. By collaborating with other arts institutions and community based organizations that serve students, the Kennedy Center not only reaches new audiences, it also discovers synergies between itself and its collaborators, and increases capacity of its collaborators. This session includes the Kennedy Center’s involvement in an arts education collective impact program for D.C. public and charter schools, unique festival programming that includes intra- and inter-institutional collaborations, and alliances with non-arts partners to support arts engagement for high-need public and charter school students.
C5. Emerging Leaders Institute Presentation
The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is a professional development program developed by Young Audiences Arts for Learning to promote exceptional leadership in the field of arts-in-education. During this year-long Institute, Young Audiences invites professional arts educators and non-profit leaders to present and host panels on topics such as financial management, fundraising, advocacy, governance, organizational planning, and communications. This year, each participant chose a strategy project that they would research and implement throughout the term of the program. This breakout session features presentations of three strategic projects developed by Emerging Leaders.
Friday, April 24
Breakout Session D: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Choice between four sessions
D2. Building a Better Business Model
Elizabeth Lundqvist, Board Member, Young Audiences, Inc.
Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Cleveland, OH
Tyrone Aiken, Executive Director, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Kansas City, MO
Sheila Womble, Executive Director, Arts for Learning, Miami, FL
Every business person struggles with this question: How do you create an effective business model? This session will focus on topics including: staffing models, budget and income sources, fee structures, the nature of work (performance/workshop/residencies), venue of work and teaching artist hiring, training and retention. Participants will discuss these topics with the goal of sharing information and brainstorming improvements in individual and network-wide business models.
D3. Research Partnerships for Collective Impact
Jay Seller, Executive Director, Think 360 Arts for Learning, Denver, Colorado
This session will present and describe the partnerships that have been instrumental in the recent study of arts education in Colorado K-12 public schools. The study partners, Colorado Creative Industries, a Division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Colorado Department of Education, brought together community partners to assist in research design and outreach to schools for completion of the study survey disseminated to 1,839 Colorado public schools. Community partners also assisted in disseminating the research results. Young Audiences’ Colorado affiliate, Think 360 Arts for Learning served as one of the study’s community partners. The session presents the study’s findings as they relate to arts integration and external provider partnerships, provides an overview of the research design and development, and the role of community partners in shaping the study.
D4. From Development to Implementation: A Community’s Success with Arts for Learning
Peter Gerber, Director, Arts for Learning, Young Audiences Inc.
Jan Norman, Director, Education, Research & Professional Development, Young Audiences, Inc.
Rebecca Carney, Teacher on Special Assignment, Beaverton (OR) School
Learn how a district-wide partnership founded on shared values and goals and sustained by collaborative activities can benefit all parties—and enhance student development in literacy, art and learning and life skills. The Arts for Learning program (A4L) is completing its fifth year in the Beaverton (OR) Schools, with support of a federal Invest in Innovation (i3) grant and major local funding. Explore how YA of Oregon & SW Washington and the school district worked together developing and implementing A4L. A wealth of information from classroom observations, teacher surveys and consultations, student work and formative assessment contributed to the success of this program which is reaching more than 9000 students annually in all 350 grade 3-5 classes. Plans are well underway to continue A4L district-wide. Share your experience with partnerships that sustain and strengthen arts-in-education programs requiring collaboration for organization and implementation.
D5. Building Partnerships Founded on the Principles of the Nat’l Core Arts Standards
Marcia McCaffrey, President, SEADAE
Joyce Huser, Fine Arts Consultant, Kansas City Department of Education
Cory Wilkerson, Project Manager, SEADAE
The release of the National Core Arts Standards in October 2014 represents both a current view of and future vision for arts education in America. Participate in a conversation about the various shapes and forms of standards implementation and how they play out in a variety of settings. Participants will discuss how they are addressing the new standards and discover opportunities for building partnership through standards-based programs and practices across a variety of stakeholder groups in arts education. In addition, the participants will cover the Philosophical Foundations and Lifelong Goals expressed by the National Core Arts Standards; view the website where the standards are housed, analyze the intent and meaning of the standards and reflect how the National Core Arts Standards are used in their own work with schools, teachers and students. Learn where your own state is with regards to standards adoption and adaptation.