Arts Education Policy Convening


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast  (P GYM)
Performance of a scene from The Lion King by Students from Bradley Academy. Opening remarks by Bradley Principal Jenny Ortiz, Ann Brown, TN Arts Commission Director of Arts Education and Executive Director Anne B. Pope.

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – PLENARY (P THR)

The Super Hero Powers of Arts Education Advocates by Donna Collins
Join Donna Collins, Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Council, for an engaging conversation about the power of people, both individuals and networks, to embrace positive change for arts education. Developing habits of effective advocacy, understanding the power of coalitions and creating conditions for success all stem from the founding principles of collective impact: infrastructure, dedicated people, and a well thought-out process. Let’s identify your powers to impact arts education.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Break 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – TN Arts Education Working Group (B LIB)

  • Introductions by Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education, Tennessee Arts Commission
  • ESSA and Arts Education by Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, AFTA
  • ESSA: A State Perspective by Kyle Southern, Director of Policy and Research, SCORE: State Collaborative on Reforming Education

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch (P GYM)
Performance by Ben Hall. Remarks by Renee Palakovic, Director of Planning for Consolidated Planning and Monitoring of the Tennessee Department of Education

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – TN Arts Education Working Group (B LIB)

  • Reflection, Facilitated by Donna Collins
  • Arts Standards Review by Dr. Dru Davison, Fine Arts Consultant and Project Chair of Tennessee Fine Arts State Standards Review Committee

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Break 

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – TN Arts Education Working Group (B LIB)

  • Pecha Kucha Presentations: Snapshots from the Field
    • Well-Rounded Education by Laurie Melnik, Executive Director of Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants and Initiatives at ArtsBuild
    • Dance Education Presentation by Sarah McCormick, Associate Professor of Dance/K-12 Dance Education at University of Tennessee at Martin
    • Art Education Presentation by Lakesha Moore, Assistant Professor of Art Education at Tennessee State University
    • TN Portfolio Assessment by Heather Casteel, Visual Arts Specialist of Knox County Schools, Brad Foust, Instructional Facilitator at Bartlett Elementary School, and Amanda Galbraith, Art Teacher at Bartlett City Schools
    • Professional Development and Advocacy by Stephen Coleman, President of TN Arts Academy Foundation, and Frank Bluestein, Executive Director of TN Arts Academy
  • SWOT Analysis of Arts Education in Tennessee, Facilitated by Laurie Schell, Director of Music Makes Us
  • Establishing Goals, Stakeholders and Next Steps, Facilitated by Donna Collins and Laurie Schell 

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For more information, contact Ann Brown at or 615-532-5939