Pennsylvania Arts Education Network

Seventh Annual Pennsylvania Arts and Education Symposium

Artwork by 2017 Featured Student Artist Marissa Kemmerling, 12th grade, Eastern Lebanon County High School


The 2017 Pennsylvania Arts and Education will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center in Camp Hill.

See the agenda below and here, as a PDF document.

Register Online Here!





Symposium Agenda:

8:00 a.m.   – Refreshments and Networking

8:30 a.m.   – Welcome

8:35 a.m    – Student Performance
The CD Singers of Central Dauphin High School

9:00 a.m.   – Plenary Session
“Arts Education and the PA ESSA Plan”
Speaker: David Deitz, Fine Arts Education Consultant, PA Department of Education

9:45 a.m.   – Concurrent Workshops

  • Arts Education in Pittsburgh Public Schools: Moving from the Peripheral
  • Apollo: A Customizable Fusion of Art, English & Social Studies 
  • Arts in Education opportunities provided by the PA Council for the Arts
  • Free and Easy Ways to Market (Advocate) for Your Arts Education Program

10:45 a.m. – Break and Networking

11:00 a.m. – Concurrent Workshops

  • Governor’s Institutes for Arts Educators: Past Investments Yield Positive Returns
  • Understanding the Importance of Integrating the Arts into Afterschool Programs
  • So You Think You Can Dance…in Physical Education?
  • Supporting Trauma Impacted Students Through Arts Partnerships 

12:00 p.m. – Buffet Lunch

12:45 p.m. – 2017 PA Poetry Out-Loud Recitation
Madalina Richardson

Presentation of Awards
Student Artist Recognition – Marissa Kemmerling, Eastern Lebanon County High School

2017 Arts Education School Board Leadership Award –  Burrell School Board

2017 Arts Education Policy Leader Award – Jeanne Schmedlen

1:15 p.m. – Keynote Speaker
“Why centering arts education in the Western Canon is    hurting teachers of European descent too”
Speaker:  Justin Laing, Managing Partner, Hillombo

2:15 p.m. –  Break and Networking

2:30 p.m. – Concurrent Workshops

  • Developing Innovative Projects for Gallery Education
  • Lions and Tigers and Media Arts – Oh MY! 
  • The Economic Impact of the Arts
  • Advocacy in 2017: Articulating the Connection Between the Arts and Democracy

3:45 p.m. –Town Hall with Education Leaders
Moderator: Mark Despotakis, Director of Market Development, Progressive Music
Rich Askey, Vice President, PA State Education Association
Dr. Joseph Clapper, Assistant Executive Director, Pennsylvania Principals Association
Mark Stutz, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Parkland School District
Dr. Shannon Wagner, Superintendent, Burrell School District

5:15 p.m. – Adjourn

Learn more about the Public Policy Agenda of the PA Arts Education Network, and what you can do to support its implementation by state and school district officials.

Register Online Here!
Regular Registration (until 11/1/)            – $60
Registration at Symposium                         – $70
Full-Time Student Registration (with Student ID)     – $30

See Opportunities for Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Program Ads here.



A Coalition Advocating for Arts Education

The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network is a statewide coalition of arts, arts education, and advocacy organizations and individuals committed to working together to strengthen public and policymaker support for Arts Education in Pennsylvania.

The creation of the Network is one of the recommendations included in the Creating Pennsylvania’s Future Through the Arts and Education, a report published in March 2012 by The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC).  EPLC provides staff and other support for the Network.

This unprecedented coalition respects the autonomy of its member organizations, but adds value to the work of each of them by promoting and facilitating much-needed voluntary collaboration that utilizes shared goals, strategies, messages, and activities.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network, please go to:

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Or Contact: Ron Cowell | | 717-260-9900

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