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SCEA Fall Forum 2014

Contexts of Quality Arts Education:

What is the Purpose and Practice of Quality Arts Education?

October 16th-18th, 2014 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The National Arts & Education Forum at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga convenes educators, administrators, and practitioners who are passionate about increasing access to quality arts education in our schools. The Forum provides an intimate venue for up to 50 participants to engage in interactive sessions and robust conversations around the following question: what is the purpose and practice of quality arts education? Facilitated by arts education experts including SCEA’s nationally recognized team, Forum activities provide opportunities for participants to network, brainstorm ideas, and develop practical strategies for strengthening arts rich curriculum and instruction in the communities they serve.

2014 Fall Forum Overview

Thursday, October 16th

6:00pm-8:00pm- Forum Kick-Off at Barger Academy of Fine Arts

Come see how Barger Academy of Fine Arts is increasing awareness about the value of arts learning in their community. CommunCREATE is an after school program where Barger Academy students engage in arts learning experiences with their families. This program aims to break barriers to parental involvement while building a deeper understanding of artistic literacy. Forum participants are invited to participate in CommuniCREATE and experience the event within a school setting alongside the Barger Academy community.  A toolkit of resources will be shared so that Forum participants can bring CommuniCREATE to their community. Light refreshments will be served. A shuttle will be available for Forum participants staying at the Sheraton Read House.


Friday, October 17th

8:00am-8:30am- Shuttle available from Sheraton Read House to UTC campus

8:30am-9:00am- Coffee and Introduction: What does quality arts education look like?

What does quality arts education look like in the communities we serve? This interactive session will highlight findings from a recent study conducted in partnership between the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts and South Arts. Participants will consider characteristics of quality arts education in their own context. These characteristics will serve as key strands of inquiry for this year’s Arts & Education Forum and include: shared vision and mission, relationships, and arts as core curriculum. 

9:00am-10:15am- All Conference Session: Shared Vision and Mission

This all conference session will provide an overview of how developing a shared vision and mission in arts education helps schools and communities achieve their goals.  Specific attention will be placed on important stakeholders to include in the process. Participants will leave this all conference session with a process they can implement and adapt in their community and strategies for stakeholder engagement. This session will be live-streamed and video recorded. 

10:15am-10:30am- Break

10:30am-Noon- Breakout Sessions: Shared Vision and Mission

Two breakout sessions examine specific examples of how schools and communities develop a shared vision and mission in arts education. 

Noon-1:00pm Lunch Buffet

1:00pm-2:15pm  All Conference Session: Relationships

This all conference session will focus on how to cultivate collaboration among faculty, with students, and within your surrounding community. Participants will leave this session with a deeper understanding of relationships that can help support and strengthen quality arts education in the community they serve. 

2:15pm-2:30pm  Break

2:30pm-3:45pm   Concurrent Sessions: Relationships

Breakout sessions will offer participants two program examples where relationships were key in strengthening arts curriculum, instruction, and access to quality arts education. 

3:45pm-4:00pm  Break

4:00pm-5:00pm  Action Steps: Where do we go now?

This closing session will highlight current trends and future directions in arts education. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on ideas cultivated throughout the day as well as fine tune action steps in moving forward. Participants will walk away with a place to start or a new direction to consider on their quest to increase access and the quality of arts education in their schools and communities. 

5:00pm-5:30pm- Shuttle available from UTC campus to Sheraton Read House

5:30pm-7:00pm- Dinner on your own

7:00pm-7:30pm Shuttle from Sheraton Reid House to ReCreate Café’s performance of Walk in My ShoesWalk in My Shoes is a 90 minute performance without an intermission.

Walk in My Shoes is an original performance developed and facilitated by The Salvation Army's ReCreate Café’ Artistic Director, Tenika Dye. Walk in My Shoes highlights real stories shared and performed from Chattanooga’s homeless and non-homeless citizens. Each performer will tell someone else’s story rather than their own. The concept is that someone who is homeless or who has been tells the story of someone who has never been homeless and vice versa. Therefore, all the performers are walking in someone else’s shoes. Due to content of the material this performance is recommended for those 13 and older with teens being accompanied by an adult.

9:00pm-9:30pm- Shuttle available from ReCreate Café to Sheraton Read House


Saturday, October 18th 

8:30am-9:00am- Shuttle available from Sheraton Read House to UTC campus

9:00am-9:30am- Coffee and Welcome

9:30am-10:45am- All Conference Session: Arts as Core Curriculum

How would our education contexts differ if everyone viewed and described arts education as core curriculum? This session provides a framework for describing arts education as core curriculum. Participants will unpack the new Core Arts Standards and begin designing assessments that target specific learning outcomes in the arts. 

10:45am-11:00am Break

11:00am-12:15pm Concurrent Sessions: Arts as Core Curriculum  

Breakout sessions will offer participants opportunities to explore authentic assessment in the arts in greater detail. Sessions will end with a guided reflection that helps participants develop practical strategies in moving forward.