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2014 Arts and Education Symposium

The 2014 Arts and Education Symposium was held on Thursday, October 2 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA.  The event was a daylong convening of arts education policy leaders and practitioners for lively discussions about important policy issues and the latest news from the field.  The symposium was hosted by EPLC and the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, and supported by a generous grant from The Heinz Endowments.

See the photos, below.

Highlights Included:

Student Performances by IUP Dance Theater of Indiana University of Pennsylvania performing two pieces from Enough! and Inventors’ Fantasy (click here to watch the video)

Keynote Speaker – Dennis Inhulsen, President, National Art Education Association and Principal, Patterson Elementary School (Holly, Michigan)
(click here to watch the video)
Presentation of Awards
———- 2014 Arts Education School Board Leadership Award, presented to Parkland School Board
———- 2014 Arts Education Policy Leader Award, presented to State Senator Pat Browne
———- Recognition of Featured Student Artist Zehen Zohra, Mechanicsburg Area School District

Policy Leader Panel
———– Moderated by Cary Burkett, Producer and Host, WITF, Inc.
Panelists included Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D., Acting Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education; State Senator Pat Browne; State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski; and Jenny L. Hershour, Managing Director, Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

Concurrent Sessions:
Building Capacity for Grassroots Arts Education Advocacy

New National Arts Standards?  Now What?

Building a Statewide Arts Education Data System
Exploring the Interactions of Educational Policy, Ethics, and Teacher Practice

Assessing Student Achievement In the Arts: What Right Looks Like In A Student Learning Objective (SLO)
GeoDecisions Map: An Arts In Education Tool from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Community Revitalization Through the Arts
Act Two: Dance and Theatre Endorsements: Premiering at a Pennsylvania School District Near You

Bassoonist Dr. Jason Worzbyt and IUP Dance Theater "Enough!" Dancer Lindsey Grove

Bassoonist Dr. Jason Worzbyt and IUP Dance Theater “Enough!” Dancer Lindsey Grove

IUP Dance Theater dancers perform "Inventors' Fantasy", which was created in the style of Steampunk by composer Dr. Jack Stamp.

IUP Dance Theater dancers perform “Inventors’ Fantasy”, which was created in the style of Steampunk by composer Dr. Jack Stamp.

IUP Dance Theater performing "Inventors' Fantasy", created in the style of Steampunk.

IUP Dance Theater performing “Inventors’ Fantasy”, created in the style of Steampunk.

2014 Arts and Education Symposium Keynote Speaker Dennis Inhulsen, President of the National Art Education Association and Principal of Patterson Elementary School in Holly, Michigan.

2014 Arts and Education Symposium Keynote Speaker Dennis Inhulsen, President of the National Art Education Association and Principal of Patterson Elementary School in Holly, Michigan.

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak, School Board President Roberta Marcus, Director of Visual & Performing Arts Mark Stutz, and School Board Vice President David Kennedy

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak, School Board President Roberta Marcus, Director of Visual & Performing Arts Mark Stutz, and School Board Vice President David Kennedy

EPLC President Ron Cowell and State Senator Pat Browne, who accepted the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network's 2014 Arts Education Policy Leader Award.

EPLC President Ron Cowell and State Senator Pat Browne, who accepted the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network’s 2014 Arts Education Policy Leader Award.

2014 Symposium Featured Student Artist Zehen Zohra, her father Shahatab Hossain, and her mother Sabina Yashmin. As an eighth grade student in the Mechanicsburg Area School District, Zehen created the "One-Eyed Ticking Fish" artwork that was featured in all symposium materials.

2014 Symposium Featured Student Artist Zehen Zohra, her father Shahatab Hossain, and her mother Sabina Yashmin. As an eighth grade student in the Mechanicsburg Area School District, Zehen created the “One-Eyed Ticking Fish” artwork that was featured in all symposium materials.

EPLC President Ron Cowell and 2014 Symposium Featured Student Artist Zehen Zohra.

EPLC President Ron Cowell and 2014 Symposium Featured Student Artist Zehen Zohra.

"Building Capacity for Grassroots Arts Education Advocacy" with moderator EPLC President Ron Cowell, Progressive Music Director of Market Development Mark Despotakis, Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance Program and Development Director Alexa Milroy, and Parkland School District Director of Visual and Performing Arts Mark Stutz

“Building Capacity for Grassroots Arts Education Advocacy” with moderator EPLC President Ron Cowell, Progressive Music Director of Market Development Mark Despotakis, Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance Program and Development Director Alexa Milroy, and Parkland School District Director of Visual and Performing Arts Mark Stutz

Pennsylvania Department of Education Consultant O. David Deitz presents during his session on "Assessing Student Achievement In the Arts: What Right Looks Like In A Student Learning Objective (SLO)".

Pennsylvania Department of Education Consultant O. David Deitz presents during his session on “Assessing Student Achievement In the Arts: What Right Looks Like In A Student Learning Objective (SLO)”.

Panelists smile during the Policy Leader Panel discussion: Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D.; State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski; and Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania Managing Director Jenny L. Hershour.

Panelists smile during the Policy Leader Panel discussion: Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Carolyn C. Dumaresq, Ed.D.; State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski; and Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania Managing Director Jenny L. Hershour.

State Senator Pat Browne speaks during the Policy Leader Panel.

State Senator Pat Browne speaks during the Policy Leader Panel.