A Look Forward into the Future of Arts Education

Recorded On: 09/13/2019

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Virtual Conversation

A Look Forward into the Future of Arts Education


Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. To close out this year’s week-long celebration, arts education professionals will discuss where the field of arts education can and should be headed.

Learning Objective

Attendees will gain information on future topics and trends in the arts education field.

Kelly Fey Bolender

Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

Kelly Fey Bolender currently serves as Arts Education Program Manager for Americans for the Arts. Formerly, she held the position of Associate Director of Education at the Boch Center in Boston, MA. While serving as Associate Director, she led the Boch Center’s flagship arts-based youth leadership and employment programs, including the nationally-recognized City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program and Teen Leadership Council. Additionally at the Boch Center, she developed and facilitated arts-based literacy curriculum for the Target Arts In-School Residency Program and the Dudley Library Arts Festival. She also worked extensively in college and career readiness training for high school students, developing innovative programming for the Boch Center and the Universities at Shady Grove.

Kelly centers her work on inclusivity and expanding access in the arts. Her original research exploring best practices for inclusivity and representation of marginalized populations in theatre for young audiences (TYA) in the United States is featured in the award-winning anthology of Latinx TYA, Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latin@ Theatre for Young Audiences.

She served on the Board of Directors for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and the New England Theatre Conference. She earned a Master’s in Theatre Education with a concentration in Theatre and Community from Emerson College, a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a certification in the Advancing Youth Development curriculum for youth workers.


Twitter: @ArtsEdKelly

Website: AmericansForTheArts.org

National Arts in Education Week website: https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/arts-education/national-arts-in-education-week

To learn more about National Arts in Education week, visit the National Arts in Education Week website. 

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