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2010 International VSA Festival Arts and Disability. Dance, Music, Theater, Education, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts

Conference Schedule

Friday, June 11, 2010

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8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Arts for Critical Thinking (ACT)® Lecture/ Workshop

Martin Gardiner, Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University (Rhode Island/USA)

Participate in ACTivities designed for use in both school and after-school programs for pre-school and elementary-age children, and learn about research-based connections between arts and broader skill learning. This workshop will illustrate how arts-based skill development lays the foundation for 21st-century learning.

Cameras in the Hands of Children Lecture

Pam Mendelsohn, Public Education/Media Specialist (California/USA); Denise Roza, Perspektiva (Russia)

Discover inclusive practices in secondary education (grades 7 – 12) through the lens of photography. Learn more about the photographic activities implemented in Russia that have brought together students with and without disabilities—encouraging new skills, increasing self-esteem, and providing disability awareness in the community at large. Examine discoveries made by the originators of this program and discuss ways to incorporate them in your community.

Drama as the Catalyst Workshop

Lisa Dennett, Interactive Drama for Education and Awareness in the Schools (New York/USA)

Explore variations to traditional drama instruction that stimulate the imagination, encourage teamwork, and spark individual and group creativity. Using improvisation techniques along with theater games, experience traditional drama activities for students (grades 7–12), but pause along the way to reflect and identify techniques that encourage inclusivity.

Embodied Dance: Body, Mind, and Spirit Workshop

Cynthia Newland, Belhaven College (Mississippi/USA)

Seize the opportunity to investigate movement and dance as it relates to one's mind and spirit. Engage and explore your body, intellect, and soul through movement and thoughtful discussion. Get an internal view at your external form.

Inclusive Arts: A World of Options Panel

Bebe Bernstein, VSA New York City; Kathy London, Ruchika Chopra, District 75 Special Education Programs (New York/USA)

Discover and reflect on inclusive teaching practices used by both school arts specialists and cultural partners to ensure access to the arts for all students. The panel will provide participants with an overview of innovative, multi-modal, inclusive programs in a variety of arts disciplines that engage diverse learners and develop communication, socialization, critical thinking, and artistic skills.

Kalli and Me: Art and (Dis)Ability Lecture

Rosa Juliusdottir, University of Akureyri; Karl (Kalli) Gudmundsson (Iceland)

Hear the story of an extended encounter between the two presenters, an artist/art educator and an artist with a (dis)ability. When Gudmundsson was five years old, she began her work with Juliusdottir, starting as interplay between pupil and teacher and eventually developing into a partnership between friends. Over the last 15 years, Gudmundsson has grown toward an independence unforeseen without the arts. This presentation highlights the visual dialogue between these two artists.

Museums as Powerful Resources for 21st-Century Skills Lecture

Marsha Semmel, Institute of Museum and Library Services (Washington, DC/USA); Marla K. Shoemaker, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Pennsylvania/USA); Deborah Schwartz, Brooklyn Historical Society (New York/USA)

Join us for this participatory discussion about the "Museums, Libraries and 21st-Century Skills Project" and its results. The project addresses the priority of education reform in the Obama administration, and gives increased visibility to museums and libraries in today's "learning landscape." Learn how to utilize the results of this project to nurture effective partnerships and collaborations among arts organizations.

Neuro-Arts Education: Neuroscience and Education Lecture

Rick Garner, Kennesaw State University (Georgia/USA)

Although great advances have been made in neuroscience, connecting those advances to education remains elusive. "Neuro-Arts Education" is just starting to be explored, with new brain science relevant to education emerging continually. This presentation will examine current research, discussing ways that this information enhances skill development in art education, and will examine its relevance for students with disabilities.

Pathways to Employment Session
Transformations: Choreographic Training for Artists with Disabilities Panel

Rachel Freeman, Jess Allen, Rose Payne, Sally Edwards, Eleni Edipidi, Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company (United Kingdom)

Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company is a pioneer in the development of inclusive dance in the United Kingdom. Discuss exemplary creative partnerships between people with and without disabilities of all ages and hear perspectives from the company. Explore personal accounts of training that embrace "difference."

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Keynote: Dame Evelyn Glennie
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session

The Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Panel

María Verónica Reina, Global Partnership on Disability and Development (Washington, DC/USA); Andre Cocle, VSA Belgium (Belgium); Katherine Guernsey, United States International Council on Disabilities (Washington, DC/USA); Charlotte McLain-Nhlapo, World Bank (Washington, DC/USA); Debra Perry, International Labor Office, (Washington, DC/USA); Victor Pineda, The Victor Pineda Foundation (New York/USA)

A significant landmark toward advancing inclusive education is the legally binding Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which was adopted by the United Nations in December 2006 and has been signed so far by 143 countries, including the United States. The panel, led by Reina, will discuss how the CRPD promotes inclusion in the areas of education, the arts, and employment.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

African Drumming: Indigenous Approach to Inclusivity Workshop

O'Dyke Nzewi, Jenny Kinnear, Centre for Indigenous Instrumental Music and Dance Practices of Africa (South Africa)

Take part in a drumming session while learning indispensible tools for inclusivity. This hands-on workshop explores the concepts of space, sharing, community, and individuality within conformity. An inclusive teaching approach allows for the expression of cultural differences, celebrates diverse backgrounds and experiences, and values indigenous knowledge and practices. No prior experience or understanding of indigenous knowledge and practices is required.

Education Resources from the Kennedy Center Lecture

Barbara Shepherd, Nuit Hansgen, Kennedy Center (Washington, DC/USA)

Learn about the many educational resources and networks available from the Kennedy Center. Participants will be among the first to see the redesigned "ArtsEdge" Internet-based arts in education resource, as well as opportunities available through the Partners in Education network and Any Given Child consultancies.

Great Integrity Lecture

Susan Togut, Northeast Center for Special Care (New York/USA)

Explore case studies on how individuals have been able to improve cognitive, physical, and psychosocial skills through a cutting-edge fine arts program that serves those with traumatic brain injuries and related conditions. Understand how to better facilitate full empowerment, renewal and wellness in individuals, and to aid them in establishing significant roles as artists in the community.

Literacy through Photography Lecture

Kristi Ann Nolan, Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C./USA)

Uncover the findings of research that took place at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, which examined how two groups of fourth and fifth graders' expressive skills were affected by the use of photography. Probe how the arts positively affect the lives of deaf students through video clips, field notes, interviews, and writing samples.

Rhythm Sounds Lecture

Dada Ra, Julie Rainbow, The Creators Gift 137 (Georgia/USA)

Rhythm Sounds is a proven artistic initiative that works with diverse populations from elementary school students to adults. In this lecture, participants will learn how poetry, when vocalized, is an effective catalyst for developing cognitive, emotional, and social skills. In awakening one's inner voice, outcomes typically surpass participants' expectations.

Think Pink: A Multi-sensory Toolbox Workshop

Susan Snyder, Interactive Drama for Education and Awareness in the Schools (New York/USA)

Investigate right-directed, multi-modal, multi-sensory, hands-on, brains-on strategies that teachers can use to pattern the brain for learning. This workshop addresses learning styles, individual needs, differentiation, active/hands-on learning, and technology, with a focus on primary education.

Using Community Media to Access Awareness Workshop

Emily Anderson, Edward Burke, VSA Vermont (Vermont/USA)

VSA Vermont's Awareness Theater Company is comprised of adults with a variety of cognitive disabilities. The company uses community access media as an outlet for creative content and cultural access. This workshop will provide a framework to investigate the network of access media stations available to air creative and advocacy programming.

VSA Teaching Artist Fellowship Panel

Stephen Yaffe, VSA Teaching Artist Fellows Coach; VSA Teaching Artist Fellows (Washington, D.C./USA)

The most dramatic influence on developing an inclusive environment comes from linking the arts and disability connection to education practice. With the support of the Dana Foundation, the Teaching Artist Fellowship has created a new level of opportunity for artists with disabilities and the educational programs supported by VSA. Participants will learn about VSA's Teaching Artist Fellowship from the artists who have been involved in this unique program.

Pathways to Employment Session
Career Access: Small Business and the Creative Industries Panel

Patti Lind, The Abilities Fund (Iowa/USA); Elizabeth Calvo de Suzuki, Fundación Suzuki (Argentina); Bill Mihalke, Susan Miller, VSA Hawaii (Hawaii/USA)

Employment programs allow artists across a continuum of abilities, skills, and experience to develop the cognitive and social skills necessary for employment. These programs also assist in understanding the elements of creating and running a business in the artistic field and to compete more effectively in the diverse workforce. This panel will include an analysis of training and employment challenges for artists in Argentina and Hawaii, as well as showcasing entrepreneurship in the area of creative industries.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Special Event

Including Samuel Film Screening/ Post-Discussion

Dan Habib, The Including Samuel Project (New Hampshire/USA); Victor Pineda, The Victor Pineda Foundation (California/USA)

Join Dan Habib and Victor Pineda for a post-screening discussion on how filmmaking and digital media are essential educational and advocacy tools in promoting inclusive education around the world. Dan Habib will discuss how the internationally acclaimed documentary Including Samuel has been used to support inclusion. Victor Pineda, one of the young global leaders of the international disability rights movement and a filmmaker as well, will bring his international perspective in this interactive discussion.