The Arts Schools Network Conference, 2016

Below is last week’s press release for the 2016 Arts Schools Network Conference in Dallas, Texas. I will be presenting at the conference, a talk called “Start by Listening: Ethnographic Experiential Learning through Community Partnerships.” I originally created it as a thirty-minute presentation for the Community Legacy Project grant program, through the Center for Arts Education at the Boston Arts Academy. This one will be slightly expanded hour-long talk.
For Immediate Release:
National Arts Education Leaders Gather in Dallas
for Arts Schools Network Conference
Key West, FL (September 22, 2016)
More than 300 Arts Schools Network (ASN) members and other leaders in arts and education will convene in Dallas, Texas, October 25-28, for ASN’s 36th Annual Conference.
Attendees representing more than 200 institutions from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, will learn about Dallas’s dynamic arts education ecosystem in the Dallas Arts District, the largest contiguous arts district in the United States. They will also explore the conference theme: the power of arts partnerships and their impact on arts education.
The conference offers educational presentations, panels, and workshops by school administrators, teachers, and other experts in arts education. Representatives from the conference hosts, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Dallas Arts District, have had key roles in planning this exciting professional development experience. There will be student performances, tours of local schools, and events at other cultural venues, including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Meyerson Symphony Center, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), which was one of the charter members of ASN. Principal, Dr. Scott Rudes, said, “Over the years, our school has thrived through the best practices shared by ASN. Now, we’re excited to introduce other ASN members to the dynamic programs and partnerships that inspire our students, faculty, and community to reach for their artistic and educational dreams.”
Local speakers include Gigi Antoni, Executive Director and CEO, Big Thought Institute; Joshua King, Co-founder and Executive Director of The Aurora Project; Lily Cabatu Weiss, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District; Robyn Flatt, Executive Artistic Director of Dallas Children’s Theater; Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center; Anne Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts; and Ann Williams, Founder/Artistic Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, among others. Special workshops will feature Chris Sampson, Vice Dean, Division of Contemporary Music at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; Francisco Moreno, Multi Media Visual Artist; Chris Vo, Broadway Dancer/Actor, Concert Dancer, Fitness Professional; and other nationally recognized artists in music, dance, visual arts and theater.
More about the ASN National Conference in Dallas, including registration, schedule, and accommodations, is available at
About ASN 
For 35 years, ASN, a non-profit, international network of arts education leaders and innovators, has provided resources and support for excellence in arts education for elementary, middle, and high schools; colleges and conservatories; individuals; and organizations. Learn more…
BTWHSPVA is internationally renowned for excellence in arts and academics, and has earned more than 500 awards through the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, 22 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and over 245 music DeeBee awards from Downbeat MagazineLearn more…

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