published Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Focus on Arts: Schedule for Arts Learning Without Borders

Three sculptures by artist Mark Chatterly decorate the sculpture garden of the Bluff View Art District.
Three sculptures by artist Mark Chatterly decorate the sculpture garden of the Bluff View Art District.
Photo by Dan Henry.

The Arts Education Partnership’s Fall 2012 National Forum: Arts Learning Without Borders is an opportunity to network and learn from the most influential leaders in the field.

Single-day registration ($150) is available onsite at The Chattanoogan hotel or by calling 202-326-8690.


• 5:30 p.m. “Energizing Communities through Creative Placemaking” panel discussion hosted by Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga.

Chattanooga has captured national headlines as a top mid-sized city arts destination. Rocco Landesman of the National Endowment for the Arts and a panel of local leaders will explore Chattanooga’s challenges and successes on the way to earning this reputation. Hear how partnerships among government, businesses and the local arts and culture sectors have worked across borders to create a vibrant community.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.



• 8:15 a.m. — Welcome and overview by Sandra Ruppert, director, Arts Education Partnership.

Performance by the Choo Choo Kids, Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts.

• 9:30 a.m. — Opening address: “Art Works: Transforming Schools” by Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Landesman will speak on the NEA’s new priorities and strategies for ensuring that America’s young people have equal access to high quality teaching and learning in the arts.

• 10:15 a.m. — Plenary session: “Arts at the Core: The Common Core State Standards and Implications for the Arts.”


• 8:30 a.m. — Overview by Sandra Ruppert, director of Arts Education Partnership.

Performance by the McCallie Guitar Quartet, the McCallie School.

Presentation of Young Artist Award winner.

• 10 a.m. — Plenary session: “What’s Going On? Addressing Social Issues Like Bullying Through Arts and Literacy” with Missy Crutchfield, administrator of Chattanooga’s Department of Education, Arts & Culture; Karen Glenn, executive director of Students Taking a Right Stand; David and Tina Long, parents featured in the 2012 film “Bully”; and Sophie Epstein, editor-in-chief of Chattanooga Teen Scene magazine; moderated by WRCB-TV3 news anchor David Carroll.

• 3:30 p.m. — Plenary session: “Healthy Partners: Why the Arts Matter to Medicine.”

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