"Where Art Lives" YA National Conference




This April, join arts in education professionals from around the country for Where Art Lives, the 2014 Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Conference. Where Art Lives is a three-day conference that will be held on April 24-26 at the US Grant Hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego. 

Young Audiences (YA) is proud to announce the keynote speakers, Alfie Kohn and Cindy Marten. Alfie Kohn is the author of 13 books on education, parenting, and human behavior, including Punished by Rewards (1993), Beyond Discipline (1996), The Schools our Children Deserve (1999), Unconditional Parenting (2005), The Homework Myth (2006), and, due out next spring, The Myth of the Spoiled Child.  He has written for most of the leading education periodicals and has appeared twice on “Oprah.” Time magazine described him as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”



Cindy Marten is the Superintendent of San Diego Unified and for 25 years she has worked as an educator teaching elementary grade levels as a classroom teacher and later, serving as a school-wide literacy specialist in the award-winning Poway Unified School District. She then took her experience to one of the most challenging schools in San Diego Unified — Central Elementary in City Heights— where she served for 10 years as teacher, instructional leader and principal. As the district’s new superintendent, Marten looks forward to leading the district team and community with a singular focus on student success. 

Where Art Lives will address numerous themes, among them are: developing STEAM programs and collaborations; partnering strategies with school districts and the community; grass-roots advocacy in arts education; and building alliances with parents and their organizations. The conference will also include artist performances and professional development opportunities for teaching artists.



Participants will include Young Audiences and arts education professionals from across the country and every role will be represented from leadership staff and board members to teaching artists and partner teachers. This diverse group of people are engaged and working to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. In addition to plenary sessions that share the latest research and the impact of the arts and education, the conference will include a variety of breakout sessions that will address topics that are relevant to our diverse audience and highlight best practices in the arts-in-education field. On Friday, April 25, conference attendees can participate in site visits to some of the distinctive neighborhoods of the city as well as some of the best cultural and art centers in San Diego.



Date of Event: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 11:00am
The U.S. Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
92101 San Diego , CA
United States
California US

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