San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Future of Education #5:
Supporting Creativity and the Arts in Education
The relative lack of STEM graduates in the U.S. is frequently cited as a threat to the country’s global standing. However, recently there has been a growing concern from the “other side” — arts, humanities, and social science advocates - on the lack of support for what many would argue are pillars for creativity and innovation. At a time when support for STEM education gets a lion’s share of airtime, this panel will bring together experts to discuss the role of the arts in education.
Our panel of innovative educators and leaders will share how they are encouraging creativity among K-12 students and incorporating the arts into the school day. They’ll discuss how creativity contributes to student development in several areas, including communications skills, critical thinking skills, and learning about other cultures and ideas. Panelists will analyze the challenges of adding creative programs into various school environments and share the impact creative programs have had in local communities.
This is the fifth Future of Education event in a series aimed at fostering discussion, accelerating connection, and elevating the conversation around the future of education.
Adarsh Alphons, Founder & Executive Director, Project Art
Adarsh founded Project Art in 2011 because he truly believes art saves lives. Expelled from school when he was seven years old for underperforming in academics, his parents put him in a different school. By the time he was fifteen, he was painting portraits for Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and the Pope, all because one art teacher perceived his passion for art, encouraged his aptitude and believed in him. Art opened new doors and helped him work through setbacks as a young adult. He hopes to do the same for the millions of children and youth that do not have even the most basic access to the arts in the US. Through its unique public library partnerships model, ProjectArt aims to bring the program to life through offering free art classes to youth on a large scale. Currently they have 7 branches. By the end of next year, their goal is to hold programs in approximately 26 public library branches in the city. With that, over a 1,000 children and youth will be attending ProjectArt's free art class in NYC's public libraries on a weekly basis.
Ron Link, Principal, Theatre Arts Production Company School
Ron Link is the Principal of Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCO), a Middle/High School in the Tremont area of the Bronx. Ron envisions schools of the future where teachers meld the arts and technology to help students realize their creative, academic, economic, and world citizen potential. Ron's past work in refractive surgery education has been featured in the New York Times, on 20/20 & WebMD. As a member of the technology group of the NYC Writing Project, Ron has been a guest on the weekly podcast Teacher Teaching Teachers. Most recently, Ron received the 2012 Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) Award, which honors the work of educators who make outstanding contributions to urban education.
Karina Lynch-Graham, Arts and Education Director, Educational Alliance
Karina Lynch-Graham is a Program Director for The Educational Alliance, a 125-year-old community-based organization. In her most recent role, Karina directed the after school arts and education program at P.S.142 and her program is known for her original works and theater performed by students. The Educational Alliance After Three Program at P.S.142 is an arts and education program that serves children in grades k-5 at P.S. 142. The program offers classes in theater, dance, visual arts, photography, homework help, and STEM based learning activities. All of the student’s work is showcased in culminating events such as plays, art exhibitions and performance festivals throughout the year. Karina has over fifteen years of leadership roles within arts and education program direction at several major institutions.
Dr. Judith M. Burton, Professor & Director of Art and Art Education, Columbia University Teachers College
Dr. Judith M. Burtonis Professor and Director of Art & Art Education at Columbia University Teachers College. Before that she was Chair of Art Education at Boston University and taught at the Massachusetts College of Art. Burton received her Ed. D. from Harvard University in 1980. Her research focuses on the artistic-aesthetic development of children, adolescents and young adults and the implications this has for teaching and learning and the culture in general. In 1995 she co-founded the Center for Research in Arts Education at Teachers College, and in 1996 founded the Heritage School – a comprehensive high school featuring the arts – located in Harlem, NYC. Her book Conversations in Art: The Dialectics of Teaching and Learning, was published in 2012. She received the Manuel Barkan Award for excellence in research writing, the Lowenfeld Award for lifetime achievement in art education from NAEA and the Ziegfeld Award for services to international art education from INSEA. Dr, Burton is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in Great Britain, a Distinguished Fellow of the NAEA, and serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing, China. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from the Beaconhouse University, Lahore, Pakistan. She is a trustee of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, USA and a former trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, USA.
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