Contexts of Quality Arts Education:
What is the Purpose and Practice of Quality Arts Education?
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.
Student Art Exhibit
At this year’s forum, we’ll be hosting an exhibit of K-12 student art from the Chattanooga area. The exhibit will be open in the Tennessee Room at the University Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for forum attendees each day and for the public on Saturday, October 18th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.
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?
UTC University Center, Tennessee Room. Presented by Joel Baxley, SCEA Director of Visual Art Education;
Laurie Melnik, SCEA Interim Director.
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. UTC University
Center, Tennessee Room. Presented by Allen Bell, Arts Education Manager, Georgia Department
of Economic Development; Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants and Initiatives,
ArtsBuild; Temple Glascock, Co-President of ReGenerate, Signal Mountain High School,
Jessica Tolbert, Co-President of ReGenerate, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.
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.
10:30am-Noon: Breakout Sessions: Shared Vision and Mission.
New Beginnings: Creating an Arts Education Task Force from the Ground Up. UTC University
Center, Chattanooga A. Presented by Allen Bell, Arts Education Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development
This session will take participants through the process of creating an arts education
task force. Participants will learn about important stakeholders to include in the
process for developing a shared mission and vision in arts education.
Luck or Design? Chattanooga's Imagine! Initiative. UTC University Center, Chattanooga B. Presented by Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants and Initiatives, ArtsBuild.
ArtsBuild's Imagine! initiative is attempting to design a systemic approach to arts exposure for all elementary school students in Chattanooga, TN. This session will explore the journey of this initiative and share how exposure activities can be a catalyst to support arts learning, arts integration, and arts advocacy efforts.
Noon-1:00pm: Lunch Buffet
1:00pm-2:15pm: All Conference Session: Relationships. UTC University Center, Tennessee
Room. Presented by Dr. Susanne Burgess, SCEA Director of Music Education, Project
Director- Literacy, the Arts, and the Common Core, Jessica LaLiberte-Bowman, Dance
Educator, Center for Creative Arts; Sandra Howard, Literacy Educator, Center for Creative
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.
2:30pm-3:45pm: Concurrent Sessions: Relationships. UTC University Center, Chattanooga
A and B.
Walk in My Shoes: Developing Quality Arts Education Experiences in the Community. UTC University Center, Chattanooga A. Presented by Tenika Dye, Artistic Director, The Salvation Army's ReCreate Café.
Community-based arts experiences require careful consideration of program goals and outcomes. This session will guide participants through the Walk in My Shoes project at ReCreate Café. Participants will learn about the process behind this project before seeing the performance later the same evening.
CommuniCREATE: Cultivating Parent Understanding of Arts Teaching and Learning. UTC University Center, Chattanooga B. Presented by Amy Burton, Drama Specialist, Barger Academy of Fine Arts; Michael Jerome Mitchell Jr., Music Specialist; Barger Academy of Fine Arts; Felicion McMillon-Diakhate, Dance Specialist, Barger Academy of Fine Arts, Emily Ann Simpson, Visual Art Specialist, Barger Academy of Fine Arts; Laurie Melnik, Interim SCEA Director.
This session provides an opportunity for Forum participants to learn more about CommuniCREATE: an after school program for students to engage in arts learning experiences with their families. Barger Academy Fine Arts Specialists will highlight how this program helped them build relationships with parents while cultivating artistic literacy understanding across music, drama, visual art, and dance.
4:00pm-5:00pm: Action Steps: Where do we go now? UTC University Center, Tennessee
Room. Presented by Jim Palmarini, Director of Educational Policy, Educational Theatre
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 Shoes. Walk 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-12:30pm: All Conference Session: Arts as Core Curriculum. UTC University Center,
Tennessee Room. Presented by Jim Palmarini, Director of Educational Policy, Educational
How would our education contexts differ if everyone viewed and described 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. The session will end with a guided reflection that helps participants develop practical strategies in moving forward.