Arts Literacy Conference

Arts as Multiple Entry Points to Literacy

Constructing Knowledge, Making Meaning, Gaining Wisdom

DATE: MONDAY, April 4, 2016
TIME: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (registration opens at 7:30 AM)
PLACE:  Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434

Registrations close Friday, March 25, 2016

To register, please click here.

This conference is sponsored by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in collaboration with the Arts Authentic Connections Team. Several Arts|Learning staff and board members are presenting at this conference.


This full-day conference will provide participants with varied opportunities to experience Artistic Literacies while reflecting on the overarching guiding question; “What is text?” Participants will:

  1. engage in different art forms while making connections to other subject areas;
  2.  choose from a series of concurrent arts sessions which will enable them to delve more deeply into how specific arts can help students to engage multiple literacies through the creation of and “close readings” of artistic works.

Although designed primarily for those who teach in the Arts, educators are encouraged to invite teachers of other disciplines, administrators, and interested educational colleagues in their district to experience this interdisciplinary event.

Schedule at a glance:

7:30 – 8:30       Onsite Registration and Lunch Orders

8:30 – 9:15       Opening Plenary

9:15 – 9:30       Networking and Transition Time

9:30 -11:30      Morning Concurrent Sessions 1a; 1b; 1c; 1d

11:30-12:15     Lunch

12:15-2:15       Afternoon Concurrent Sessions 2a; 2b; 2c; 2d

2:15 – 2:30       Networking and Transition Time

2:30 – 3:30        Closing Plenary

Workshop Titles:

  • Advocating for Artistic Literacy: Theory, Practice, Politics, and Policy
  • Communicating and Constructing Meaning through Music Literacy
  • Experience History through Close Reading, Dramatic Writing, and Performance
  • Interdisciplinary Connections and Multiple Literacies through the Media Arts
  • Literacy In and Through the Visual Arts
  • New England Arts for Literacy (NEAL)
  • Peter and the Wolf – A New Twist on an Old Tale
  • Unlocking Understanding and Author’s Intentions with the Arts – Kinesthetic Comprehension

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States of Change / State Policy Pilot Program Symposium,
Washington DC, March 5, 2016
Sponsored by Americans for the Arts, Kennedy Center, Education Commission of the States, and Arts Education Partnership.

For highlights of this symposium, click here

Presenters throughout the day discussed their outlook on national education trends, predicedt implications of the new federal law (Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA), and discussed ways that education policy is changing from the federal to the state to the local level. Most importantly we uncovered ways that the arts can lead the conversations about all of these changes in education policy, in order to help us close both the opportunity and achievement gaps.

MA Attendees:  Myran Parker-Brass (Boston P.S.), Jonathan Rappaport (Arts|Learning), Matt Wilson (MASSCreative)