Arts educators gather at Troy University for 2008 Arts Education Summit

Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2008

TROY- Educators, school administrators and artists from throughout the state will gather at Troy University, today through Saturday for the 2008 Alabama Arts Education Summit.

The summit, presented by the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, is designed to bring policy-makers, community leaders and educators together to address ways to improve education for all Alabama students.

Donna Russell, the executive director for the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, said that the summit would serve as a conversation about arts education.

“We want to expel the myth ‘those who can’t do teach’ and show the role of the professor in arts education,” said Russell.

Russell said that TROY was selected as host for the summit because “it has such a great concept of arts education.”

Jerry Johnson, chair of the TROY Department of Art and Design, said hosting the summit provides an opportunity for TROY to further connect with artists and art educators from throughout the state.

“This is a marvelous opportunity for us (TROY) to get to know the movers and the shakers in arts education throughout Alabama,” Johnson said. “Of course we have a keen interest in the future artists, designers, musicians, actors and dancers and I can’t think of a better venue to support and embrace our mutual vision. Never in the history of mankind have we had greater need for people of all creeds, cultures and disciplines to think outside the box. Our future is contingent upon creative thinkers and problem-solvers. As a state and a nation, if we don’t embrace the arts with the urgency that these times deserve, we will find ourselves losing our competitive edge in every way.”

Larry Percy, a professor in TROY’s Department of Art and Design, said hosting the summit is a continuation of the University’s long history of dedication to the arts and arts education.

“Troy University is proud to host the Alabama Arts Education Summit. The Arts are central to what it is, and what it means to be human,” Percy said. “From small children to adolescents, the Arts represent one of the strongest forms of learning and communication. Troy University was asked to host this Summit because of its rich history of collaboration with and service to the surrounding K-12 populations at the local, state and regional levels and because Troy is on record stating its desire to become a flagship school for the Fine Arts. The Troy College of Communications and Fine Arts has garnered numerous awards and commendations for its outreach to underserved schools. We are looking forward to exploring all options to promote and expand these Essential Links to quality education.”

Day I: Martha Barry McKenna, Provost and Academic Vice President of Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Day II: Jonathan Katz, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of State Arts Agencies, Washington D.C.
Day III: Karen L. Erickson, Executive Director of Creative Directions, Chicago, IL

Day I
February 21st
K-12 Link to Higher Education

Day II
February 22nd
K-12 Link to Communities

February 23rd
K-12 Link to Artists & Arts Organizations

7:30 am: Registration Begins

7:30 am: Registration Begins

7:30 am: Registration Begins

8:30 am: Welcome from Troy University

8:30 am: Opening Remarks, Cheryl Carter

8:30 am: Opening Remarks, Martha Lockett

8:45 am – 9:45 am: Plenary Session Presenting the Research, Cathy Wright

8:45 am – 9:30 am: Plenary Session
Alabama Arts Education Plan
Defining Quality Arts Education

8:45 am – 9:15 am: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Designing, Building and Maintaining School Partnerships, Karen Erickson

10:00am – 11:00 am: Panel
“Those Who Can’t Do Teach:” The Role of the Professor in Arts education.

9:30am  – 10:30 am: Break out Sessions
Visions, Challenges, & Collaborations

9:15 am – 10:15 am: Break Out Sessions
Defining Partnerships

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Break Out Sessions Challenges and Issues

10:45am – 12:00 pm: Panel
Legislative Comments

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Break Out Sessions
Designing and Building with Relevance

12:00 pm – 12:45pm: Kick Off Luncheon

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Legislative Luncheon

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Plenary Session
Partnerships at Gordo Elementary, Lisa Stamps

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: KEYNOTE ADDRESS Martha McKenna

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Jonathan Katz

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:  Meet and Greet the Artists. Box lunches provided

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Plenary Session
Size Doesn’t Matter, Rescuing Creative Geniuses in Pike County, Larry Percy

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Plenary Session
Ford Foundation Model Sites
Andrew Nelson

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm: Break Out Sessions
Maintaining Partnerships

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Panel
Floyd Elementary Dance Partnership
Coprich, Shippen & DuBose

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm: Break Out Sessions
Shared Visions & Partnership Opportunities

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Reflection

3:45pm – 4:45 pm: Break Out Sessions Opportunities and Solutions

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Reflection

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Artist Showcases
Performances and Classroom Demonstrations

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm: Reflection

4:45 pm – 6:30 pm:  Dinner on your own

6:30 pm-8:00 pm: Dinner
Celebrating Arts Education in Alabama

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Reception

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Legislative Jazz Band

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Arts Event/Happening!