ArtsNOW to Host Presentations and Panel Discussions on 2/8/11 on the Arts in Education, Featuring Prominent Education Experts

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ArtsNOW, a nonprofit organization committed to improving education, will host two events on February 8, 2011 designed to give members of Atlanta’s business, political, and education communities the opportunity to engage in an open discussion with national education leaders about why the arts are critical to student success.

The Value of the Arts in Learning

ArtsNOW, a nonprofit organization committed to improving education, will host two events on February 8, 2011 designed to give members of Atlanta’s business, political, and education communities the opportunity to engage in an open discussion with national education leaders about why the arts are critical to student success.

“The Value of the Arts in Learning”
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Georgia Public Broadcasting Studio C, 260 14th St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30318

This event will kick off with welcoming remarks from Ann Cramer, Chair of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and Director of IMB Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for North America. Anne Ostholthoff, Founder of ArtsNOW, will then offer a presentation on the compelling results of integrating creativity and the arts into every aspect of learning. This brief presentation of results, inspired by Irene Munn of the Georgia Office of the Lieutenant Governor, will be followed by an open discussion with a national education panel featuring some of the country’s most respected leaders in innovative education. Participants will include:

  • Karl Androes – Director, Reading in Motion, Chicago, IL
  • Jean Hendrickson – Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools®, Edmond, OK
  • Pamela Millice – CEO, ArtsNOW, Atlanta, GA
  • Martha Reichrath – Deputy Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education: Standards, Instruction and Assessment, Atlanta, GA
  • Larry Scripp – Director, Music-in-Education National Consortium, New York, NY

“We are honored to have these prestigious colleagues join us here in Atlanta,” said Ostholthoff. “This will be a unique opportunity for Georgia’s business leaders and legislators to participate in an open dialogue with experts from around the country about why there is such a ‘buzz’ in this community about the importance of the arts in education.”

Reichrath added, “The state of Georgia is committed to implementing creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning that will prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century workplace. Governor Deal has called for innovation, flexibility, and creativity in education, and ArtsNOW is an important partner in answering this call. I’m thrilled to have leaders from around the country here in Georgia to share ideas and results from their own communities.”

“A Conversation about Collaboration”
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, 1695 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

The afternoon event will give local educators the opportunity to engage in an interactive dialogue with a group of prominent national education leaders, including:

  • Karl Androes – Director, Reading in Motion, Chicago, IL
  • Jean Hendrickson – Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools®, Edmond, OK
  • Pamela Millice – CEO, ArtsNOW, Atlanta, GA
  • Sandra Rupert – Arts Education Partnerships, Washington, DC
  • Larry Scripp – Director, Music-in-Education National Consortium, New York, NY

The event will be hosted by Anne Ostholthoff, Founder of ArtsNOW, who said, “The results of integrating the arts and creativity into every facet of learning have been proven, and Georgia schools are making great strides in adopting this approach. We are thrilled to be able to share the insights of these leaders with educators here in Georgia. I am particularly honored to welcome Sandra Rupert, Director of the Arts Education Partnership in Washington, DC, who played a major role in Arkansas Governor Huckabee’s Statewide Arts in Education Initiative. I am looking forward to hearing her insights, as well as those of our other prestigious panelists.”

More Information

For more information about both events, including details about the panel members, parking, directions, and RSVP information, please visit http://www.artsnowlearning.org.

About ArtsNOW
ArtsNOW seeks to build the capacity of all teachers to utilize creativity, authentic arts integration, and sequential arts education in daily lesson plans to help students succeed academically, socially, and artistically. Founded in 1992, ArtsNOW has grown to serve 16 school systems with innovative training programs that directly impact over 700 educators. Measurable results in student success have been seen in two national ArtsNOW Teaching and Learning Lab Schools, with reports of academic achievements, increased grades, better attendance, and fewer discipline referrals. In collaboration with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education; the Center for Creativity and the Arts at Emory University; the Georgia State University Center for Collaborative and International Arts; Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta; and the Music-in-Education National Consortium, ArtsNOW offers training, professional development, and other resources to help educators integrate the arts into all facets of learning. For more information, visit http://www.artsnowlearning.org.

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