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Making it in the Arts Series
September 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Alumni and Distinguished Guests:
Amber Ace Cleveland, teaching artist, hip-hop promoter, and spoken word performer
Alyssa Melby, St. Olaf College Assistant Director of Academic Civic Engagement, former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Director of Education and Community Engagement
We begin our 2019-2020 Making It In the Arts (MIITA) Series with a conversation considering the role of the arts in education, and the unique challenges that face the field today. While the arts perennially occupy a precarious position within schools and colleges, ever-tightening funding and an evolving political landscape have made for unique challenges and burdens on arts educators today. As previous models of arts-based pedagogy are being challenged – and new opportunities arising – we bring together professionals to discuss the evolving landscape that will greet graduates looking to enter the field. What pathways exist to participate in arts education beyond getting a teaching license? What are the unique needs of young people today, and how might the arts hold special promise in fulfilling them? What barriers exist to entering the education field, and what constraints control how the arts can be integrated into schools? And how do dedicated educators work with and around these constraints to address the pressing needs of communities in which they work?