Troy University to host Alabama Arts Education Summit Feb. 18-20

Posted: Friday, 27 February 2009

TROY--Troy University will welcome educators, school administrators and artists from around the state for the 2009 Alabama Arts Education Summit on Feb.18 – 20.

This is the second time TROY has been the host of the Summit, according to Larry Percy, a professor in the University’s Department of Art and Design.

“Hosting this second Summit allows Troy University to further establish itself as a leader in training fine arts educators and advocating for strong fine arts education in Alabama and the region,” Percy said.

“Speaking with One Voice,” sponsored by the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, will consist of dialogue between educators and community members concerning arts education in the state of Alabama. The three-day Summit will focus on professional development, excellence in the classroom and advocacy.

Percy said attendees will be challenged to define excellence in arts education as all-inclusive, to create a place for strong arts specialists and build strong collaborations that make for authentic arts integration in public schools.

“I’m looking forward to the energy and camaraderie of being around other people passionate about the arts and arts education,” Percy said.

In addition to the informational sessions, panel discussions, class demonstrations and mini-performances throughout the Summit, there will also be three keynote speakers.

Keynote speakers include Dawn M. Ellis, who was the primary researcher for Gaining the Arts Advantage; Bill Strickland, who has proven all students can succeed regardless of background and poverty through his community arts center in Pittsburgh, PA; and Barbara Shepherd, director of Kennedy Center Partnerships, who will address development of arts education advocacy.

For more information and to register, go to and click on the Summit logo. Or call Donna Russell at 334-269-1435.

The Summit is made possible through partnerships with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts, the Alabama State Department of Education and Troy University.