Arts Schools Network Announces Speakers for National Conference

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At the ASN National Conference in Denver, speakers will address vital arts education issues, including management, advocacy, careers, universal access to the arts, fundraising, and more. On Thursday, October 23, Ginger White Brunetti, Deputy Director of Denver Arts and Venues, will deliver the keynote address

"It's so exciting that ASN recognizes and puts their resources towards embracing arts education for all students," Siegel said.

At the ASN National Conference in Denver, speakers will address vital arts education issues, including management, advocacy, careers, universal access to the arts, fundraising, and more.

On Thursday, October 23, Ginger White Brunetti, Deputy Director of Denver Arts and Venues, will deliver the keynote address.

Arts & Venues is the Denver agency responsible for publicly owned venues, including Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building, as well as cultural affairs and events such as Denver Public Art program, Create Denver economic development initiative, and the Five Points Jazz Festival.

White Brunetti has over 15 years of experience in public and nonprofit sectors. Through her vast experience, she has effectively positioned the cultural sector as a significant contributor to Denver’s economic vitality, livability, placemaking and brand.

Betty Siegel, Esq., will address the issue of access to arts and arts education for all students in "Why You Should Be Thinking about Students with Disabilities All of the Time," on Friday, October 24. Siegel is Director of VSA and Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

"It's so exciting that ASN recognizes and puts their resources towards embracing arts education for all students," Siegel said. "We need to ensure K-12 access to arts education, including in-school and after-school programming. We must make sure all students have the opportunity to really engage in a meaningful and thoughtful way. Siegel has specialized in arts and disability issues for over 30 years starting at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and now as Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she oversees national and international disability, arts and education programs.

Bret Egan, President, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, will present "The Cycle: Sustaining Excellence in a Complex Environment," on Friday, October 24.

Egan will argue that sustained organizational excellence requires a cycle of integrated action: superior programming, aggressive marketing, building a “family” of supporters, and converting the goodwill of those supporters into financial (and other) resources. Egan leads the Institute of Arts Management's team of consultants and teachers in projects on six continents, supporting organizations and executives in every arts industry on a range of short- and long-term concerns, including strategic planning, artistic planning, marketing, human resource development, and fundraising.

Other speakers, panelists, and discussion leaders include Lee Ann Adams, Program and Operations Manager, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design; Scott Allen, Ed.D., Principal of Houston ISD’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; Arnold Aprill, Principal Investigator, Radical Compliance Arts and Learning Laboratory; Alison Ball, Education Director, YoungArts; Joann Brennan, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado Denver; Melissa Brodsky-Levine, Director of Career Development, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Peggy Burt, Executive Director, California State Summer School Arts Foundation; Peter Castillo, Principal, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy; Lim Geok Cheng, Principal, School of the Arts, Singapore; Chia Poh Hian, Teacher, Dance Faculty, School of the Arts Singapore; Jackie Collins, Executive Director and Principal of Idaho Arts Charter School; Howard Cook, Director of the Digital Animation, University of Colorado Denver; Rachael Delaney, Associate Professor of Arts Education, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Talya Dornbush, Education Director at the Center for Visual Art and Affiliate Faculty at Metropolitan State University Denver; Fang Siwei, Teacher, Visual Arts Faculty, School of the Arts Singapore; Ted Farraday, Vice President, Education Programs, Interlochen; Cindy Fesgen, Principal, DaVinci Academy (Elementary), Colorado Springs; David A. Flatley, Executive Director of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago; Sally Gaskill, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP); Leslie Gaston, Chair, Department of Music Entertainment and Industry Studies, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado Denver; Nate Greene, Career and Technology Facilitator, Denver School of the Arts; Donn K. Harris, Executive Director of the Oakland School for the Arts; Nuit Hansgen, Director, ARTSEDGE, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Amy Khoo, Vice Principal, School of the Arts Singapore; Cory Herbst-Lohrer, Creative Arts Academy at Kunsmiller; Sonya Robbins Hoffmann VSA & Accessibility Manager, Education Division, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Jonathan Howard, Audio Production Instructor, Denver School of the Arts; Heidi Hubrich Seretan, Special Education Teacher and Program Director for AccessSFUSD: Jennifer Jirous, Colorado Program Director for STEM, Arts and IT, Colorado Community College System; Pamela Jordan, President of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation; Cybele Garcia Kohel, Bridge to College Coordinator, California Summer School Arts Foundation.

Additional speakers or discussion leaders will be Laurence Kaptain, DMA and FRSA, Dean, College of Arts and Music, University of Colorado Denver; Daniel Koetting, Theatre Video & Film Production, and Howard Cook, Director of the Digital Animation Center, University of Colorado Denver; William Kohut; Principal of the Denver School of the Arts; Andrew Laue, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Webster University; Cheryl Lim, Teacher, Music Faculty, School of the Arts Singapore; Damon McLeese, Executive Director, VSA Colorado Access Gallery + Studio; Murphy Monroe, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment, Columbia College Chicago; Ng Chin Chye, Manager (Campus relations and Partnerships), School of the Arts Singapore; Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D. Executive Director and President, Orange County School of the Arts; Dr. Mary Palmer, President of Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC, Consultants in Education and the Arts. Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX; The Arc; .Sheila Sears, Arts Education Manager, Colorado Creative Careers Industries; Richard Shaw, Assistant Principal at the Denver School of the Arts; Michelle Shedro, Education Director, Think 360 Arts Institute for Creative Teaching: Halley Shefler, Founder, ArtsBridge; Julia Shepherd, Principal Partner, Creativity Challenge Community, Denver Public Schools; Travis Springfield, Lead Counselor at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Adjunct Professor for the University of Houston; Walter Straiton, Manager – Music in Education, Yamaha Corporation of America; Tan Wee Lit, Head (Visual Arts), School of the Arts Singapore; Audrey Tanner, Associate Provost for Enrollment, Calarts; Michael Thornton, High School English Teacher, Denver School of the Arts; Anne Thulson, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Department of Art, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Mare Trevathan, Associate Artistic Director, LOCAL Theater Company; Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D., Department Chair and Professor, Curriculum Studies and Teaching, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver; Daryl Ward, Principal, Harrison School for the Arts; Allison Watrous, Associate Director of Education, Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Lily Weiss, Dance Program Coordinator, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; Chris Wineman, Principal, Semple Brown Design, P.C.; and Mary Taylor Young, Author, Nature Writing and Creative Writing Teacher.

Learn more about all the speakers' backgrounds, as well as registration, events, schedule, and accommodations for the National Conference in Denver http://www.artsschoolsnetwork.org/denver-2014-conference.html

Arts Schools Network is a non-profit association founded in 1981, dedicated to providing leaders in arts schools with quality resources, support, and networking opportunities.

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