The Takeaways: 60th Anniversary National Conference Downloadable Content

The Young Audiences Arts for Learning's 60th Anniversary culminated in the National Conference that took place in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel this past April. The 60th Anniversary National Conference was a resounding success with three amazing keynote speakers and a variety of breakout sessions providing professional development opportunities. Below are excerpts from the conference keynote speakers and a curated selection of downloadable materials from conference breakout sessions.


Richard Kessler, Dean, Mannes College, The New School of Music, on his new curriculum that teaches musicians to reflect and to respond more critically to their practice.


Ayanna HudsonArts Education Director, National Endowment for the Artsdescribed her core life mission during her keynote speech that inspired the audiences and set the tone for the 60th Anniversary National Conference.


Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, described the necessary steps a non-profit organization needs to take to be more innovative. Below is a short highlight from his keynote speech.



The New Frontier: Immersive Game Design 

This session told the story of how the NEA/YA Immersive Game Design Residency unfolded in three disparate communities. Participants gained tips for partnering with school districts, strategies for developing and marketing STEM programming and learned how to enhance their impact in any classroom from technology to language arts. The New Frontier: Immersive Game Design session was organized by Katie Lynn, Executive Director, Arts Partners, Inc.; Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director, Young Audiences of Northeast OH; Stephanie Haines, Director of Artist Programs, Young Audiences of Indiana; and Lisa Muci, Program Director, Arts Partners, Inc.

Download the presentation (PDF). 

Immersive Game Design Key Planning Questions (PDF).


More Than the Sum of its Parts: “Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education” 

All children have a right to quality arts instruction that provides pathways to lifelong engagement in the arts. No single organization can reach all children, so collaboration is the key. Inspired by a new book, More Than the Sum of its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education this session offered ideas on how to increase access to, multiply the benefits of, and sustain quality arts education through large-scale collaborations that tie arts instruction to other civic priorities while keeping kids and creative learning at the center. This session was organized by Ken Cole, Associate Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education and Gigi Antoni, President and CEO, Big Thought. 

Download the presentation (PDF).


i3 and the Arts:  Arts Achieve and Arts 4 Learning

This workshop provided information and updates on two arts-related programs supported by the US Department of Education i3 (Investing in Innovation) Fund.  Participants had the opportunity to hear about the curriculum, teaching and research findings of both programs and next steps as the collective research bears out interesting and unexpected results. This session was organized by Tom Cahill, Studio in a School/Arts Achieve and Susanne Harnett, Metis Associates, and Peter Gerber and Jan Norman, Young Audiences Arts for Learning/Arts4Learning. The i3 and the Arts session was moderated by David A. Dik, Executive Director, Young Audiences, Inc.

Download the presentation (PDF).



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