Arts Schools Network Conference October 13-16, 2020 Session Proposal

"SMART in the Arts"

This years' theme focuses on the rapidly changing technology and academic requirements with STEM creating unique challenges to arts education. Educators across grades, ages, and the arts need to work together to collaborate on issues and opportunities for art’s programs in promoting STEAM in the 21st century. Proposals should focus on the importance of arts education in this rapidly changing world.

The arts impact all aspects of modern life. The arts are how humanity makes sense of the world. It is the backdrop that defines the human experience. The Arts create the soundtrack of our lives and the movement that flows throughout time. Visual arts are the buildings and clothes we live in and the transportation that moves us and creates opportunities to explore the universe or challenge the accepted thought. Performers illustrate the brilliant perspectives in life that make people laugh, cry, and view our surroundings with a sense of awe and wonder. The arts are the past, present, and future of technology, medicine, and venturing beyond our planet.

No longer is education a predictable or solid path. Technology and the rapidly changing world demands that education is viewed as a K-20 experience with opportunities for paths not thought of a year ago. No longer is STEM, the focus, but the importance of the creative mind makes the "A" in STEAM more relevant than ever before. “Smart in the Arts” will focus on future opportunities in arts in education.

By educating artists today, where will they take us in the future?

To ensure highly engaging and meaningful sessions for conference attendees, ASN invites you to submit a presentation/session proposal for consideration. Prior to completing a submission, please review the following presenter information for our 2020 conference: SMART in the Arts

To ensure highly engaging and meaningful sessions for conference attendees, ASN invites you to submit a presentation/session proposal for consideration. Prior to completing a submission, please review the following presenter information.

Submission Process
All proposals must be submitted via the online google form by March 15, 2020. All proposals should be completed in full and to the best of the presenter(s) ability.

Participation and Engagement
All proposed sessions should actively engage participants in hands on experiences, collaborative challenges, in-depth discussions, or development of new ideas and applications.

Choose a Timeframe
All sessions will fit into one of the following time frame options:
• 90-minute session
• 60-minute session

Choose A Content Strand
All proposed sessions will fit within an established content strand (list below). Please determine which strand your session best aligns and select one.

• Arts Integration
• Arts Specific (Visual, Performing Arts, Media, Theatre/Technical Theatre, Writing)
• Creative Arts Practices and Innovative Teaching Strategies
• College and Careers
• Diversity/Equity/Inclusion
• Innovative Collaborations
• Leadership
• Marketing, Fundraising and Branding
• Serving Marginalized Communities

Choose An Engaging Session Format

1. Buzz Session: An interactive session consisting of a moderator and subject matter experts who facilitate a discussion from a variety of perspectives on a given topic. Attendees participate in the discussion by contributing their ideas regarding how to address an issue or reacting to the information that has been presented.

2. “Dare to Ask” Session: This session facilitates inspiration, networking, brainstorming and solutions to Art Schools challenges.

3. Best Practices Session: Initiate the sharing of ideas, experiences, challenges, and solutions in focused roundtable discussions.

4. Programming Brainshare: Brainstorm new programs with peer groups.

5. Master Class: may include the following, or more, options:
a) Conference participants playing in the arts; or
b) Conference participants observing students engaged in an arts master class.

6. Learning Lab: In-depth learning through high interactivity where attendees develop skills while engaging with peers, all under the direction of facilitators featuring case studies and works in progress that introduce attendees to new and dynamic approaches and solutions.

7. Other: This is in no way an exhaustive list of creative, engaging, and interactive session formats. Please feel free to create your own!

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ASN is unable to compensate presenters whose proposals are accepted. Presenters are expected to pay the conference registration fee and their respective travel expenses. *
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