JAEC - Joint Arts Education Conference

Joint Arts Education Conference

Presented by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education.

The 2014 Joint Arts Education Conference: Mapping the Future, will take place at the Phoenix Art Museum on Monday, October 20, 2014.

The Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) brings together Arizona’s arts learning community for a full day of professional development focused on arts education. How can you support high quality arts education in your school and community? How is arts learning impacted by Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards? What do revisions to Arizona’s State Arts Standards look like? Join your colleagues, along with keynote speakers, John Abodeely, Deputy Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and Mary Leuhrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation, to explore these topics and learn how students, schools and communities can benefit from learning in and through the arts.

Who should attend: Art, dance, music and theatre educators; teaching artists; arts and cultural organizations; general classroom teachers; principals; curriculum supervisors for the arts; higher education faculty.

Keynote Speakers


Registration is now open!

Early-Bird Registration – $95
May 21 – September 5, 2014
Click here to register at the early-bird rate.

Regular Registration – $120
September 6 – October 15, 2014

Keynote Speakers

John Abodeely is the Deputy Director at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues.  The PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field. Prior to PCAH, John worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, directing national arts education partnership initiatives, and at Americans for the Arts. John graduated from the Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School going on to become a Co-Founder at Simple Health.

Mary Luehrsen is a music advocate dedicated to music education and promoting support for music education.  As Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for NAMM, Executive Director of NAMM Foundation, and a former music teacher and professional musician, Mary has helped NAMM and its partners with policy issues and legislation that impact access to music education in the United States. Mary spearheaded the development of the SupportMusic Coalition and created partnerships with high profile music advocates such as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and music icon Quincy Jones. She guided NAMM strategic partnerships with MENC, the Music Achievement Council, Sesame Street, The Tournament of Roses and many other partners that advance the profile and importance of music for all people.


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