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Thursday, October 12

10:15am PDT

Advocacy: Our Conscience--Our Power
Arts and Arts Education are our conscience and our power. The arts and arts education are not only important -- they are necessary and critical -- for the social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, technological, and scientific developments and indeed advancements in our communities and in society at large. It is essential that we as artists and educators arm ourselves with research, information, and resources so that we may serve as advocacy leaders and nurture positive, active, and effective environments and conversations about arts, arts education, and arts advocacy. Participants will learn about and receive information regarding how to advocate as an individual and a group for the arts and arts education. Learn how to effectively put your passion and your voice to promote arts and arts education!

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Angie (Evangeline) Bitsko

Learning Through the Arts (LTA) Program Manager, Arts For Learning San Diego
As A4LSD’s Learning Through the Arts Program Manager, Angie oversees the San Diego Unified School District Learning Through the Arts (LTA) (Title I) Program initiative and serves as the liaison between multiple school site administrators and staff and the administrators and teaching... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Casa del Prado Room 102 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

11:30am PDT

Exploring the Emphasis on Collaboration in the National Core Arts Standards

“Collaboration is in many ways the engine that drives our economy and our sense of shared culture” (National Core Arts Standards: Conceptual Framework). Collaboration is a valuable and necessary skill for success in life and it is a skill that can be learned!  It is not enough to merely provide opportunities to collaborate, we must intentionally teach the skills of collaboration and provide students feedback on their progress in the development of collaboration skills.  In this session participants will examine the emphasis of collaboration throughout the National Core Arts Standards and begin to explore some of the conditions that support growth in this important life and learning skill.

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Courtney Sawada

Director, Southern Counties California Arts Project, Southern Counties California Arts Project
Courtney Sawada is the director of the Southern Counties California Arts Project (SouthCAP), regional site for The California Arts Project (TCAP), which is part of the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP) network established by the state of California. TCAP’s central mission... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
San Diego History Center Classroom 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 Suite #3

11:30am PDT

PR for Arts Educators: Start the Presses!
You’re doing important and valuable work, but how can you let more people know? And who needs to know exactly? Marketing and Public Relations professionals Toni Robin (TR/PR Public Relations & Marketing) and Lisa DeMarco (DeMarco Design) will share tips on how to identify and reach your target audience through strategic marketing and media relations. They will also share details about the creation and implementation of the innovative Art = Opportunity campaign, spearheaded by Merryl Goldberg at CSU San Marcos Centre Artes.

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Lisa DeMarco

Creative Consultant, DeMarco Design
Lisa DeMarco is an experienced creative consultant and graphic designer who works with non-profits organizations to solve their marketing and outreach challenges. Before conceptualizing the look and feel of any campaign, Lisa believes that taking the time to truly understand the target... Read More →
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Toni Robin

TR/PR Public Relations, TR/PR Public Relations
Art = Opportunity Campaign

Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 102 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

1:30pm PDT

Art Day!
In this session attendees will learn how to set up an all day Art Day where all students rotate through hands-on activities and opportunities. Join us to learn how schools, parents, and the community can collaborate in exposing our students to the four arts disciplines.

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Shannon Hargrave

Superintendent, San Pasqual Union School District
Mrs. Hargrave joined SPU In 2013, and began to collaborate with Music teacher, Mrs. Read Smith and Arts Empower to develop a Strategic Arts Education Plan to grow our VAPA program to its fullest potential. Red Barn Arts provides educational opportunities for all students in the Visual... Read More →
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Kim Read-Smith

VAPA coordinator/music teacher/choir director, San Pasqual USD
Kim Read-Smith is a K-8 Music teacher and district VAPA coordinator at San Pasqual Union School District. She teaches K-5 general music, 6-8 grade visual and performing arts and middle school choir. As district VAPA coordinator she works with San Diego Arts Network, Arts Empower and... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Museum of Man Ed Center 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

1:30pm PDT

Make Cool Things!: Real World Projects and How to Assess Them.
During this session we will look at some alternative assessment strategies that can be incorporated into projects or classrooms that emphasize a real world approach to quality of work for the students. We will also discuss how a design thinking mindset can help students to collaborate more effectively and how to manage small group dynamics. And we will talk about how to integrate your interests and connections to provide opportunities for meaningful projects. It will be a great friendly time to communicate with our peers in Arts Education on some of the things that are working well in our classrooms. 
This is a great session to come to if you are a Teacher or Administrator and you are looking for more ideas on how to get your students engaged in their courses. 

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Eusebio "Travis" Sevilla

Visual Arts Teacher, CCA
Eusebio "Travis" Sevilla is an artist, designer, and educator working for Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego CA. He is a father of two boys and an avid practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has a passion for finding ways to "Design for Good" in his classroom in both his pedagogy... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Hall of Nations

1:30pm PDT

The Next Step: Empowering Your Students after High School Graduation (Career theatre, dance)
This presentation will provide information on the arts programs in community colleges and universities in San Diego County, and will discuss the options available to students in higher education.


Katie Rodda

Professor/Department Co-Chair, San Diego City College
Katie Rodda is a Professor of Dramatic Arts and Co-Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at San Diego City College. As a freelance director, she has worked with local theatre companies including Cygnet Theatre, MOXIE Theatre, ion theatre, Scripps Ranch Theatre, City College... Read More →

Terry Wilson

Professor of Dance/Department Co-Chair, San Diego City College
Terry Wilson is a Professor of Dance at San Diego City College. She has choreographed and performed all over San Diego, including directing Trolley Dances.

Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
San Diego Natural History Museum Boardroom 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

2:30pm PDT

Networking Session
Join us following the final breakout session of the day to share what you've learned with colleagues and friends! Attendees will also enjoy a special performance by Gilbert Castellanos & the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory!


Gilbert Castellanos

Gilbert​ ​Castellanos,​ ​nationally​ ​renowned​ ​musician,​ ​educator​ ​and​ ​arranger​ ​based​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Diego,​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of the​ ​hottest​ ​jazz​ ​trumpeters​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Panama 66 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101