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  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Pittsburgh, PA)

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    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
    810 Penn Avenue, 7th Floor
    Pittsburgh, PA | 15222

    Date and Time: Monday, February 12th at 6:30PM

  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Grove City, PA)

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    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    The Hall of Arts and Letters, Grove City College
    100 Campus Drive
    Grove City, PA | 16127

    Date and Time: Monday, February 12th at 2:00PM

  • #ArtsEdChat - Early Childhood Education

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    Early Childhood Education has been the focus of significant federal, state and local investment in recent years; the arts education community must be well versed in this work. As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward. The #ArtsEdChat on Early Childhood Education provides a forum for introductory learning about this growing trend.

    virtualmeeting.jpgAbout this Virtual Conversation

    As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward. Use #ArtsEdChat and #ECE to follow the conversation.

    Tuesday, January 9th: #ECE

    Early Childhood Education has been the focus of significant federal, state and local investment in recent years; the arts education community must be well versed in this work.  As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward. The #ArtsEdChat on Early Childhood Education provides a forum for introductory learning about this growing trend.

    Use #ECE and #ArtsEdchat to follow the conversation.

    Host

    Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

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    Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal supporters of arts education to become effective advocates to advance policies supportive of equitable access to arts education for all students.

    In his role at Americans for the Arts, Jeff has trained over 10,000 advocates in all 50 states.  He was also been instrumental in the publication of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, a leader in the creative youth development movement, and a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative. Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was a chief advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities.

    Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.

    How to Participate 

    This virtual conversation will be held on twitter. To participate make sure you have an active twitter account, on the set time either click on the right hand panel link or search #ArtsEdChat on twitter to follow the conversation, and use #ArtsEdChat and the topics hashtag (e.g #ECE) when contributing to the conversation. 

    Register to receive a reminder of the event and receive notification of future twitter chats. 

    Click the register button on the top right.

    You do not have to be a member of Americans for the Arts to register - you just need to use your existing Americans for the Arts main site login credentials (or create one). 

     Twitter Chat Tips: 

    • Follow the moderator (@JeffMPoulin
    • Be sure to reply to the original question tweet – it helps the flow of the conversation. 
    • Reply using A1 (for Q1, and so on) to help the clarity of the conversation. 
    • Include links to subjects you reference (like reports, websites, resources, etc). Be sure to use shortlinks through bit.ly 
    • ALWAYS use the hashtags #ArtsEdChat and the topics hashtag (e.g. #JuvenileJustice)
  • Tools of the Trade: What Happens After a Disaster? Help Self-Employed Artists and More

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    Recent disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in California underscore the need to support and strengthen our national recovery framework, including tool recovery for self-employed workers, such as musicians, carpenters, landscapers, and craft artists.

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    Recent disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in California underscore the need to support and strengthen our national recovery framework, including tool recovery for self-employed workers, such as musicians, carpenters, landscapers, and craft artists.

    For several years, CERF+, the nation's leading nonprofit organization focused on safeguarding artists' livelihoods, has been pursuing a change in FEMA regulations to allow self-employed workers to be eligible for tool replacement under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance. Current FEMA regulations explicitly state that self-employed workers are ineligible for this important assistance. To be clear, we are talking about workers who work alone or with one or two assistants, such as musicians, carpenters, surveyors, photographers, craft artists, and more.

    Small businesses of a larger scale are often better served by current Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance. But, individual workers tend to fall through the crack between SBA and FEMA assistance. They often receive no help at all. After a disaster, we know that it is imperative that workers quickly secure the tools they need to earn a living so they can salvage their businesses. Data shows that this would also be a cost-saving measure for the government by enabling self-employed workers to get back to work more quickly and stay off public assistance during disaster recovery.

    Join this webinar to learn more about this work, the problem, the solution (which is included in legislation pending before Congress: Section 108 of the CREATE Act, S.661/H.R.1649), and how you can help!

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn about the work that's occurred
    2. Understand the problem & situation, and how artists are impacted
    3. Find out how you can help enact change

    Presenters:

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    Craig Nutt, Adviser on Policy and Government Relations, CERF+

    Twitter:@NuttCraig, Website: www.CERFplus.orgEmail: cn@cerfplus.org

    For over a decade, Craig Nutt has divided his time between his studio practice and working for CERF+ to build a better safety net for artists in the United States. CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985, and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ is readiness, relief, and resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create. Craig lives and works in Tennessee.

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    Ann S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts

    Twitter:@TXfprtheArts, Website: www.TexansfortheArts.comEmail: info@texansforthearts.com

    Ann S. Graham brings a strong set of leadership skills to her work as the Executive Director of Texans for the Arts. Texans for the Arts is a non-partisan, statewide arts advocacy organization that organizes advocacy efforts in order to protect and increase public funding for the arts at the state, national, and local levels and provides coordinated information about legislative activity related to arts issues. Ms. Graham has an extensive career in arts management and organizational development, arts festival and event production, public art administration, and arts advocacy. She has demonstrated a deep passion for the arts and the role that they play in building and strengthening our communities.

  • Demystifying the Public Art Deaccession Process

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    Removing a public artwork from a collection requires a process and a well-developed policy. In this webinar, hear from a public art administrator who has created and tested a deaccession policy for her public art program. Learn how she developed the policy and hear examples of her process in practice.

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    Removing a public artwork from a collection requires a process and a well-developed policy to support that process. In this webinar, hear from public art expert Sherri Brueggemann who has created and tested a decommission policy for her public art program. Learn how she developed the policy, why it is a decommission policy vs a deaccession policy, hear examples of her process in practice and lessons learned.

    After registering, be sure to check out further resources and handouts in the tabs above. You can download a PDF of this presentation and a copy of the Decommission Policy in the "Handouts" tab.

    To find more resources on Collection Management, Conversation & Maintenance of Public Art visit the Public Art Resource Center at www.AmericansfortheArts.org/PARC

    Presenters:

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    Sherri Brueggemann, Manager of the Public Art Urban Enhancement Program for the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department.

    Sherri Brueggemann is the Public Art Urban Enhancement Division Manager for the City of Albuquerque, Cultural Services Department. She has been managing art programs and public art projects in New Mexico for over 20 years. Sherri holds a Masters from UNM’s School of Public Administration with an emphasis in cultural policy evaluation. Sherri was a founding member of the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network and served on the PAN Council from 2000-2002. She is also a former printmaker, special events coordinator, winery owner, and has been adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico  College of Fine Arts, Arts Management Program. She has served as a board member for numerous arts, cultural and civic non-profit organizations in the Southwest, including the New Mexico Route 66 Association, the New Mexico Winegrowers Association, the Albuquerque Arts Alliance and 516 Arts. She helped spearhead the Albuquerque/ Bernalillo County Arts & Cultural Industries Economic Impact Study, the ABQ Cultural Count Task Force, the New Mexico MainStreet Downtown Arts & Cultural District, and Albuquerque Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Cultural Directors’ Tourism Steering Committees. Sherri has recently been appointed to the New Mexico Hospitality Association’s Space Tourism Committee. In her spare time, she founded and manages the InterGalactic Cultural Relations Institute. 

    Host:

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    Patrica Walsh, Public Art Programs Manager, Americans for the Arts

  • Basics in Addressing Damaged Public Artworks

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    From weather changes and unplanned civic engagement artworks in the public realm can face a range of damages on a regular basis. So, what do you do when your faced with a damaged artwork, but don’t have immediate access to professional services? In this webinar, we hear from a public art conservator on tips and tricks to help maintain a damaged artwork until help arrives, albeit by artist or conservator.

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    Natural disasters can come in many forms and include wind, rain and fire and present a host of problems for a public art collection. So, what do you do when your faced with damaged artwork, but don’t have immediate access to professional services? In this webinar, we hear from professional public art conservator Rosa Lowinger on tips and tricks to help maintain a damaged artwork until help arrives, albeit by artist or conservator.

    After registering, be sure to check out further resources and handouts in the tabs above. You can download a PDF of this presentation in the "Handouts" tab.

    To find more resources on Collection Management, Conversation & Maintenance of Public Art visit the Public Art Resource Center at www.AmericansfortheArts.org/PARC

    Presenters:

    Rosa Lowinger, President, Rosa Lowinger & Associates

    Rosa Lowinger is President and Chief Conservator of RLA Conservation, Inc. a firm with offices in Miami and Los Angeles that serves the conservation needs of numerous public art agencies and outdoor sculpture collections.  A Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, she was the 2008-09 Rome Prize Fellow in Conservation at the American Academy in Rome where she conducted a pilot project researching the history of vandalism to public art and public space. Rosa serves as a consultant to the Getty Conservation Institute’s Modern Painted Sculpture Initiative, and was guest conservator lecturer for the Americans for the Arts Acumulation + Action Values Assessment online course in May 2014,; a panelist for Far Sited: Creating and Conserving Art in Public Places, a symposium held in October 2015 at California State University at Long Beach; and a speaker on disaster recovery for outdoor sculpture collections at the 2017 American Society of Appraisers conference in Houston.  She lectures frequently on public art and conservation and is the author of Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub (Harcourt, 2005).

    Host:

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    Patricia Walsh, Public Art Programs Manager, Americans for the Arts

  • BCA 10 Business in Action 2017

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    Hear directly from 2017 BCA 10 honorees about why they partner with the arts and learn how to create successful partnerships with the businesses in your community.

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    About this Webinar

    Each year the BCA 10 honors ten businesses that have been exceptional partners with the arts. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for other businesses to follow. Hear directly from 2017 honorees about why they partner with the arts and learn how to create successful partnerships with the businesses in your community!


    Learn how businesses are partnering with the arts programmatically to fuel community development, and determine the best tools, talking points, and approaches for starting conversations with businesses in your community. Also, consider the businesses in your community that are supportive of the arts, and consider nominating them for the 2018 BCA 10 award to honor their commitments to the arts, deepen their engagement with the sector, and strengthen your relationship with them.




    Presenters

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    Peter Shaindlin, Chief Operating Officer, Halekulani Corporation (@HalekulaniHotel)

    Peter Shaindlin is recognized as a leading visionary and change agent in the global luxury hospitality industry. He has played an active role in the arts and culture community in Hawaii for more than a decade, facilitating philanthropic efforts and initiatives through the encouragement of partnerships between community institutions. Halekulani Corporation’s current partnerships include Iolani Palace, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Bishop Museum and Hawaii POPS (of which he is a board member), Chamber Music Hawaii, Hawaii Theatre, Hawaii Opera Theater, University of Hawaii, Pacific New Media, Hawaii Book & Music Festival, Honolulu Museum of Art, and title sponsorship of the Hawaii International Film Festival. He is on the executive board of Hawaii Arts Alliance, Hawaii Pops, The Merwin Conservancy as well as the International Luxury Hotel Association, and is a past Chairman of the Honolulu Symphony. An internationally recognized cultural critic and active worldwide keynote speaker on luxury-related topics, he is a visiting fellow and research scholar at University of Oxford, Harris Manchester College SRI, having performed research and scholarship on the leadership of iconic institutions. Shaindlin is a candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Global Business at the University of Oxford’s SAID Business School.

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    Nancy Rogers, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and President, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Lincoln Financial Group (@lincolnfingroup)

    Nancy Rogers serves as president of the Lincoln Financial Foundation, and as senior vice president and head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Lincoln Financial Group. In these roles, Rogers oversees sustainability strategy and practices, corporate philanthropy, and volunteerism.

    Prior to this role, Rogers was senior vice president of Talent Management and Development, and led programs that advanced the leadership and organizational development priorities of Lincoln. She served as a member of the human resources council responsible for corporate-wide human resources governance.

    Before joining Lincoln Financial in 2005, Rogers helped launch the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, where she was vice president for Institutional and External Affairs. As a member of the founding senior management team, she was responsible for the original organization design and staffing, as well as oversight of the general counsel’s office and government affairs. Rogers subsequently led the organizational transition from construction project to operating entity. She joined the Kimmel Center after a 20-year career in banking with CoreStates Bank and First Union (now Wells Fargo) in Philadelphia, ultimately serving on the senior leadership team as Chief Administrative Officer reporting to the CEO.

    Moderator

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    Jessica Gaines, Business Committee for the Arts Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

    Jessica received her BS in Marketing from Drexel University.  She worked in Marketing for years before transitioning to Arts Administration.  As a lover of “all things creative”, her dedicated commitment to the arts has taken shape through her work in arts education where she has served thousands of students.

    Before joining Americans for the Arts in June 2016, she managed Education Programming and Outreach for the New York International Children’s Film Festival where she served 2,500 New York Public School students. Prior to that role, she worked as Arts Education Project Supervisor with the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs since January 2012 where she served approximately 35,000 students each school year.

    She enjoys building and managing relationships with business and corporate professionals, arts and culture institutions, and city officials.

    Jessica has been a Board Member for the thriving, innovative, and experimental Dashboard since November 2012 and the lively and edgy T. Lang Dance since Spring 2015.  She has a passion for dance arts and has worked as an independent dancer and choreographer since 2000. Jessica enjoys popping into Broadway shows, bike riding, and exploring new neighborhoods.

  • Special Edition Member Briefing: An Overview of Disaster Response Information and Resources

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    Join Americans for the Arts to discuss...

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    An Overview of Disaster Response Information and Resources


    REGISTER FOR THIS BRIEFING TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A RECORDING OF THE CALL IS POSTED.

    About the Member Briefing

    Join us as we discuss the information outlined in our statement. As always, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions of Americans for the Arts staff.

    Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

    Please note, to join the call you must first access the platform on the right-hand column. 

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 437081.




    Presenters:

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    Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services, Americans for the Arts

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    Kate McClanahanDirector of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    Moderators:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

  • Arts Education for LGBT Youth

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/14/2017

    Recently, many policies have been enacted at the state and federal level, which deal with LGBT youth in schools. The arts have long been a safe haven for LGBT youth and research shows the impact of arts education for young people who identify as LGBT. What is the role of the arts in the education of LGBT youth? How do we enact policies of equity to address these issues? As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward.

    Recently, many policies have been enacted at the state and federal level, which deal with LGBT youth in schools. The arts have long been a safe haven for LGBT youth and research shows the impact of arts education for young people who identify as LGBT. What is the role of the arts in the education of LGBT youth? How do we enact policies of equity to address these issues? As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward.

    Presenters

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    Vic Quintanar, PYTA Manager, Pride Youth Theater Alliance (The Theater Offensive)

    Vic Quintanar is a trained Stage Manager with a commitment to merge access to the arts with the intersecting identities of LGBTQ youth. Vic received their Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Southern California in 2012, and is a recent resident of Boston, from San Diego, California. In the last decade, Vic has served as a teaching assistant, arts administrator and production manager with various theatre companies in Southern California. They recently received their Master of Education from the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They are elated to begin their journey with PYTA and the greater Boston community.

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    Nick Bazo, Associate Director of Programs, The Theater Offensive

    Nick Bazo- Associate Director of Programs joined The Theater Offensive full-time in January 2011 after working with TTO for several years as a Director, Actor, and Teaching Artist. He grew up in a Cuban-American family in Florida where he earned his BA in Theatre from Rollins College and an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida. At TTO, Nick helps to brainstorm, develop, and implement all OUT in Your Neighborhood programs. In particular he focuses on True Colors where he is the lead artist collaborating with LGBTQA youth to create original works of theatre.

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    Sidney Monroe, Youth Programs Manager, The Theater Offensive

    Sidney joins the stellar TTO staff as the Youth Programs Manager. His introduction to TTO came through a chance encounter at the 2012 Creating Change conference. As an Arkansas native, Sidney taught Theatre & Speech Communications at Episcopal Collegiate School and worked for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. His current work merges Applied Drama & Theatre techniques with LGBTQA youth ensembles. One of his favorite workshops to teach is Hip-Hop Theatre because of the fusion between multidisciplinary arts and culture. In his spare time, he enjoys the occasional jazz dance class or seasonal ale. Sidney holds a BA in International Relations from Hendrix College and a MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth & Communities from The University of Texas at Austin. Sidney’s spirit animal is the elephant.

    Host

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    Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal supporters of arts education to become effective advocates to advance policies supportive of equitable access to arts education for all students.

    In his role at Americans for the Arts, Jeff has trained over 10,000 advocates in all 50 states.  He was also been instrumental in the publication of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, a leader in the creative youth development movement, and a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative. Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was a chief advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities.

    Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.


  • Arts Education: English Language Learners

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/13/2017

    English Language Learners are a growing student population in Americans schools. Recently, many policies and increasing amounts of research is being conducted on ELLs. What is the role of the arts in the education of ELLs? How do we enact policies of equity? As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward.

    English Language Learners are a growing student population in Americans schools. Recently, many policies and increasing amounts of research is being conducted on ELLs. What is the role of the arts in the education of ELLs? How do we enact policies of equity? As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward.

    Presenters

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    Merryl Goldberg, Professor of Music, California State University, and Director, ART=OPPORTUNITY campaign of Center ARTES

    Merryl Goldberg is a Professor of Music at California State University San Marcos and Director of the ART=OPPORTUNITY campaign of Center ARTES, a university center dedicated to restoring arts to education.  Her publications include Arts Integration: Teaching Subject Matter Through the Arts in Multicultural Settings 5th edition (2017) as well as other books, articles, chapters, editorials, and blogs.  She has received numerous research and programmatic grants including Federal Department of Education Arts in Education Program, Fulbright-Hays Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Stuart and Panta Rhea grants.  Merryl’s undergraduate degree is from New England Conservatory of Music, and her doctorate is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Prior to entering academia, she recorded numerous CDs and was on the road for 13 years playing the saxophone with the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

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    Francisca Sanchez, CEO, Provocative Practice™

    Francisca Sánchez is a poet, “word weaver,” educator, and former English Learner. She is CEO of Provocative Practice™, an educational consultant organization. She recently retired as Associate Superintendent for Educational Services with Hayward Unified School District. She has served in a variety of leadership, administrative, and teaching positions at the district, county office, regional, and state levels, including as Chief Academic Officer for San Francisco Unified School District and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction with the San Bernardino County Office of Education. She also served as president of the California Association for Bilingual Education for two terms.

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    Hector DeLeon, 4th Grade Teacher, Vista Academy

    Hector DeLeon is a 4th grade teacher at Vista Academy and has been teaching at Vista for 23 years.