NEA Webinar on Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas


Public webinar on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

By Liz Auclair, Public Affairs, NEA –

With nearly one-third of public elementary and secondary schools in America rural, how do we ensure that students in these areas receive access to arts education and how can arts education help to strengthen these communities? The National Endowment for the Arts will host a public webinar on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 3:00–4:00 p.m. to explore the challenges and opportunities of increasing access to arts education in rural areas.

The webinar will begin with a short presentation by Lisa Donovan, professor of arts management at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Maren Brown, of Maren Brown Associates, about the recent release of their working paper Leveraging Change—Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas.*

Following the presentation will be responses to ideas and effective practices that emerged from the report from three individuals working in rural communities: Tim Lampkin, CEO of Higher Purpose; Jake Eberwein, dean, Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and former classroom teacher, high school principal, and superintendent; and Laura Forbes, education program director at Alaska State Council on the Arts. The second half of the webinar will include a discussion among the participants, led by Ayanna Hudson, NEA arts education director, and questions from the public.

To join the webinar:

The webinar takes place on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance through the NEA’s website. You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587.

Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available at

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*TN Arts would like to note that the working paper in several places sources research presented by TN Arts Education Director Ann Brown in her graduate thesis.