Pennsylvania Arts Education Network

Seventh Annual Pennsylvania Arts and Education Symposium
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Artwork by 2017 Featured Student Artist Marissa Kemmerling, 12th grade, Eastern Lancaster 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 here.

Early Bird Registration ends September 30.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Arts Education network and EPLC, the Symposium is a Unique Networking and Learning Opportunity for:

  • Arts Educators
  • School Leaders
  • Artists
  • Arts and Culture Community Leaders
  • Arts-related Business Leaders
  • Arts Education Faculty and Administrators in Higher Education
  • Advocates
  • State and Local Policy Leaders

Plenary Sessions include:
The Arts and Social Justice
Arts Education and the PA ESSA Plan
Town Hall with Policy Leaders
2017 PA Poetry Out-Loud Winner
Other Student Performance

Special Awards will be given to:
Arts Education Policy Leader – Jeanne Schmedlen
Burrell School District Board of Directors
Featured Student Artist Marissa Kemmerling, 12th grade, Eastern Lancaster County High School

Session Topics include:

  • Media Arts Standards
  • The WIREWorks: the Results of an Experiment in STEAM
  • Appollo: A Customizable Fusion of Art, English & Social Studies
  • Arts in Education Opportunities Provided by PA Council for the Arts
  • Arts in an Urban Setting
  • Free and Easy Ways to Market Advocate) for Your Arts Education Program
  • So You Think You Can Dance … in Physical Education
  • Governor’s Institutes for Arts Educators: Past Investments Yield Positive Returns
  • Understanding the Importance of Integrating the Arts into Afterschool Programs
  • To Be or Not To Be: NCAA’s Role in Student Learning Choices in the Arts & Humanities
  • The Economic Impact of the Arts
  • Developing Innovative Programs for Gallery Education Outreach
  • Advocacy in 2017: Articulating the Connection Between the Arts and Democracy

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!

Early Bird Registration (until 9/30)           – $50
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.

Network activities during 2014 include:

  • Continue to grow the coalition of organizations and individuals advocating for arts education.
  • Host an Arts Education Advocacy Day on March 18 in the State Capitol and support local advocacy activities.
  • Support Arts Action Day in Washington DC for Americans for the Arts, delivering messages about arts education to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation.
  • Support activities in Harrisburg for Music Education Advocacy Day on March 26 and Citizens for the Arts Capitol Visits Day on April 29.
  • Host the Fourth Annual Arts and Education Symposium in Harrisburg at the State Museum of Pennsylvania on Thursday, October 2.
  • Host a series of regional forums/advocacy trainings during September to November.
  • Update and distribute a policy agenda to be advocated to state policymakers and school boards.
  • Develop and implement shared advocacy strategies and messages to support the policy agenda.
  • Continue to build communications and advocacy capacity for the Network and its member organizations, including monthly newsletter, web site, social media tools, and advocacy training.
  • Continue to promote membership in the bicameral, bipartisan state legislative Arts and Culture Caucus while also advising and supporting Caucus activities.
  • Continuously develop champions for arts education among state and local policymakers.


American Alliance for Theatre and Education – PA Representative  
Arts Education Collaborative  
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania  
Education Policy and Leadership Center  
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance  
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council  
Jump Street, Inc.  
PA Museums  
Pennsylvania Alliance for Arts Education  
Pennsylvania Art Education Association  
Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development  
Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators  
Pennsylvania Humanities Council  
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association  
Pennsylvania PTA  
Pennsylvania School Boards Association  
Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance  
Pennsylvania State Education Association – Fine Arts Caucus  
Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children  
Progressive Music  
Public Citizens for Children and Youth  
VSA Pennsylvania  
Former PA Department of Education Arts Advisors:
Jamie Kasper
Beth Cornell
Clyde McGeary


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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