AEMS Preconference Schedule

Stay tuned for more session information, coming soon!

8:30-9:00AM Breakfast & Registration


Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building Entrance


Location: Proscenium Theatre Lobby


9:00-10:00AM Plenary Session

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 103 Proscenium Theatre

  • Welcome from AEMS
  • Principal/School Recommendation
  • Jay Tucker Leadership Award
  • Keynote Speech

10:10-11:40AM Breakout Session 1

Principal’s Breakfast and Panel Discussion (RSVP)

Location: Breakfast will be in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building 102 Theatre Rehearsal Studio

A private breakfast to honor the nominees and winners of the Alvin and Louise Myerberg Arts Leadership Recognition Awards, all of whom will be announced during the Pre-Conference plenary session. Principals will be sharing how they have cultivated an arts-rich environment in their schools.

Dean’s Round Table report with HEATForce

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 103 Proscenium Theatre

A continued discussion of the Higher Education Arts-Ed Task Force’s findings and proposed action steps after the third decennial Deans’ Round Table in November 2018, which will be presented during the Pre-Conference plenary session.

Inclusion in the Classroom

Presenter: Scott S. Turner 

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 105 ADS

Designed to be a collaborative look at supporting exceptional learners in the arts classroom, this workshop will offer participants the means to increase the autonomy of the exceptional learner, and thereby increase the quality of their creative contributions. Participants will be introduced to the creation of an Inclusion Summary as a means to set the “best practice” of inclusion around each student. From there, participants will be guided through several theatrical exercises in a “games lab” as a means of brainstorming together accommodations for the exceptional learner. Participants will depart with tools to converse with families regarding the specific needs of students and several general accommodations that can be applied to a classroom regardless of the art form. Participants are encouraged to bring exercises they use in their own classrooms, and if time allows, they will be encouraged to offer them for group consideration as a part of the “games lab.”

An Educator’s Guide to Devising Theatre

Presenter: Joanna C. Fellows

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 231 Dance Tech Studio

In this session, participants will engage in devising processes inspired by Frantic Assembly, Tectonic Theatre Project, and Flying V on a pathway to creating a unique piece of theatre. Participants will connect the creative process with Maryland State Fine Arts standards, in a workshop specifically designed to nurture both the educator and the artist. Through immersion in the four creative processes, transparent connections to the state standards, and exploration of techniques for devising, theatre educators will gain new skills for unit planning, lesson planning, and facilitating the creation of art.

Arts Integration at Accokeek Academy

Presenters: Dr. Gillian G. Richards, Yolonda Body, Juanita Smallwood, Heather Messick, Kaylee Stoneham, Dr. Judy Adams, and 6 student presenters

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 441 Conference Room

Accokeek Academy student leaders and educators discuss how the Accokeek Academy’s educators foster students’ learning through Arts Integration (AI). Students present examples of work that show how the AI initiative allows them to take ownership of their learning process. These youth-led discussion sessions include demonstrations of specific arts integration programs, sample lessons, and lesson outcomes taught throughout grades K – 8. Participants share in a Question and Answer segment with Accokeek Academy student leaders and educators; then journey through a gallery walk of artwork and photos of students’ work and projects.

Responding to our World: Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom Environment

Presenter: Anjali Wells

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 428 Conference Room

This session will explore different methods for creating a culturally responsive art classroom with the goal of being able to process and deal with trauma in real time in addition to tackling contemporary societal issues in lessons.

If You Build It, They Will Come

Presenters: Mrs. Kris Hemstetter & Dr. Tom McHugh

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 201 Classroom

Hear the story of how arts advocacy and a local school are building a community partnership through shared experiences. This partnership is built on not only bringing community experiences into the school, but providing opportunities for students of a K-5 school to go out into the community for field and learning experiences. Dr. Tom McHugh, Banjo Man, is a local artist who is working with Kris Hemstetter, elementary principal to bring a well-rounded curriculum with community and art integration to a local school and community. You don’t want to miss this game changer presentation!

Dada Dolls Workshop

Presenter: Tara S. Holl

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 108 Classroom

Participants will construct descriptive and symbolic sculptures (“Dada Dolls”) to inform, protest, and share their concerns about an important social issue such as the increasing violence and safety issues in America’s schools. The workshop is based on Dadaism, a movement from the early 1900s. Participants will use mixed media utilizing visual text (symbols, colors, principles of design, elements of art) as well as written text to support their claim/response. A power point will be shared to inspire ideas and a wide array of materials will be available to work with.

Arts Mentorship at the Arts Amplify Youth Summit

Presenters: Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Ph.D. and Merryl Goldberg, Ed.D

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 123 Classroom

This session will focus on the arts mentorship model utilized in the creative youth development (CYD) component of the 2019 Arts Amplify Youth Summit ( AAY!). County and community leaders served as mentors to youth leaders, who then developed workshops for fellow teens. Key questions and answers posed to interviewees will be used as discussion prompts with attendees in small groups to discuss the future needs of the CYD movement in MD. Session goals include  sharing effective methods of building and strengthening community partnerships for impactful community engagement, how a mentorship served this creative community, and next steps for increasing capacity.

Building Character Through Storytelling

Presenter: Pooja Chawla

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 124 Classroom

Explore imaginations and AWAKEN CREATIVITY by participating in fun, improvisational acting games and learning the fundamentals of dramatic storytelling. In this workshop, we will share the CARE Actor process of developing a mini-play based on positive themes & social issues that can be used in the classroom and beyond. In this workshop, we will:

  • learn the fundamentals of dramatic storytelling in a theatrical format
  • team-building through improvisational acting games
  • explore verbal & written communication skills through scene study & script writing
  • build empathy/compassion
  • create a sense of community

Why Modern Education Must Have Music at its Foundation

Presenter: Thomas Cheezum

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 216 Conference Room

  • Demonstrate unequivocal need for thorough music education at every level of modern education
  • Develop growth mindset that will lead school administrators toward conclusion that music education must be present in a successful curriculum
  • Remove obstacles which continue to be arguments against the incorporation of music as a primary resource in modern education, rather than
    an anecdotal, ancillary resource
  • Brain-based research, comparison and contrast of test scores, comparison and contrast of successful versus unsuccessful local curricula, sharing out of evidence from other countries
  • Dissemination of information, Round Table Discussion and Expert Testimony

12:00-1:00PM Lunch & Networking

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 337 Dance Cube

1:10-2:10PM Breakout Session II

Lessons from Film Arts Integration Work

Presenters: Miriam Machado-Luces and Talaya Grimes

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 441 Conference Room

Emmy Award-Winning filmmaker/educator, Mimi Machado-Luces and Talaya Grimes, producer/ filmmaker /Arts Administrator, hold a workshop on key lessons learned from their Film Arts Integration work in eight different Prince George’s County Public Schools. It is an hour-long Power Point presentation/ discussion coupled with screenings of select films created by PGCPS students with time for Q&A. We discuss the creative process, where tech meets creativity and providing a sustaining learning experience for students. The goal is to present our fresh approach to student-centered teaching + project-based learning with film arts integration.

Embodiment of Social Justice: The Manifestation of Empathy and Equity in Urban Workspaces

Presenter: Dr. Vanessa Jackson Johnson

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 428 Conference Room

The purpose of this session is to engage in conversations about the role of empathy and equity in urban spaces and beyond. This interactive session explores cultural disposition through the lens of empathy and equity as an intentional practice. Cultural dispositions are systematically “broken down”, disserted into four sub-dispositions: (a) compassion, (b) appreciation of multiple perspectives, (c) embedding cultural experiences, and (d) confronting inequities and injustices in urban art education. The session will begin with a mindful movement and mediation practice.

Social Justice Framework in Arts Education

Presenter: Eileen Cave 

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 201 Classroom

Learn comprehensive strategies for integrating the social justice framework in arts education, through program models offered by the Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council. Examples include teacher professional development programs that use arts education assets from local museums and universities to develop curriculum and conduct student field trips, and offering artist-in-residencies in PGCPS schools that promote K-12 creative industry access to digital media filmmakers, visual artists/public art projects and character building through music and musical cultural heritage artists that draw upon talent in the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, MD.

Baltimore’s One Book Program

Presenters: Laura Parkhurst & John Mulherin 

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 124 Classroom

Participants in this session will take a close look at how Baltimore Lab School, content area teachers, as well as special educators and arts educators designed and implemented a One Book program for students in grades 9-12 based on the value of shared experiences and arts integrated teaching practices. This 60 minute hands-on presentation will allow attendees to explore resources for promoting arts based learning and strong cross curricular ties between the arts and academic subject areas.

Strategic Risk-Taking in the Classroom

Presenter: Scott Rieker, DMA

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 319 Conference Room

In the arts, especially in music, we often have a concept of the “right way” things should be done, and we guide our students toward that end. I have done ground-breaking research into strategic risk-taking and productive “failure” in the creative process and discovered empirically that allowing for risk-taking by learners and creating an environment of individual experimentation—even within the context of traditional rehearsal—has a statistically significant impact on musical performance. Based in the fields of Social Network Theory, Emergence Theory, Constructivism, and more. My goal is to empower educators with strategies to implement risk-taking in the classroom.

Community Building through Professional Development

Presenter: Rachel Valsing

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 456 Conference Room

How can you build community in your organization through professional development? This presentation will share four years of work with the Maryland Art Education Association in creating workshops for educators and students. Strategies will be shared in designing professional learning that furthers the artistic work of educators and leads to instruction that prepares students to learn and create as contemporary artists, designers, and makers.

Policy Opportunities for Arts Education

Presenter: Mary Dell-Erba

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 229 Classroom

Policy decisions affect our work in seen and unseen ways each and every day. The Arts Education Partnership is dedicated to advancing the arts in education through research and information, and creating opportunities for communication and collaboration between arts disciplines and across sectors. One of our key priorities is to develop deliverables and reports to inform the work of arts stakeholders in the field as we are working collectively to advance arts education. During this session, participants will learn about ways to successfully engage in the education policy space and take home tools and resources to use when making the case for your programs and those you serve.

Artlook® Maryland

Presenters: AEMS (Arts Education in Maryland Schools)

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 234 Classroom

AEMS will provide information and field questions about artlook Maryland, a free, public-facing online data platform that annual collects, organizes, and visually presents arts education data from Maryland public schools and arts organizations. Launched in the three pilot districts of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, and Montgomery County, this exciting tool will facilitate arts education in Maryland; provide insights for lawmakers, school leaders, and arts partners; and drive change through increased coordination between schools, arts agencies, and funders.

2:20-3:20PM Breakout Session III

Local Level Arts Education Advocacy: Different Approaches

Presenters: AEMS (Arts Education in Maryland Schools)

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 441 Conference Room

AEMS staff will discuss various scenarios and approaches to local arts education advocacy, including examples of successfully saving programs, whole district strategic planning, and models for effective arts ed advocacy. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Pathways in the Field of Art and Design Education

Presenters: Dominience Clifton, Abby Neyenhouse, Kate Porter, Arnetra Burnett, David Bogen

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 201 Classroom

This session will be a facilitated discussion on building sustainable collaborations and pathways between public middle and high schools and higher education in the field of art and design education. The Baltimore Design School (BDS) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) have been working together since the founding of BDS. In this session, members of the BDS/MICA leadership committee will provide a case study by giving an overview of the partnership’s history and structures that support the pathway. Presentation followed by sharing collaborative strategies of other similar partnerships that participants can use to grow their partnership models.

Anti-Bully First Aid Kits

Presenter: Julie Dietrich-Eisler

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 124 Classroom

The session will address how to empower students with strategies to face the issue of bullying through several creative processes. Artists and educators will learn how to have students brainstorm various strategies to use with bullies that they can use to design an instructive anti-bully zine. Artists and educators will participate in creating their own anti-bully zine that they can use as an example for their students. They will also participate in decoupaging a small first aid kit box for their zine. Ms. Eisler will provide all the materials for this interactive workshop and a zine lesson plan as well as presenting multiple variations for designing this anti-bully first aid kit.

Believe in Music

Presenter: Erin Anderson and Larry Pittman

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 234 Classroom

Erin and Larry (youth facilitators for our program) will facilitate a recording project for a group of up to 30 people. The ultimate goal is for every individual to participate in the creation of a simple beat and writing of lyrics for a song to be recorded during the session. Our youth educators introduce participants to Believe in Music and emphasize the importance of self-expression, empathy, and helping students find their voice in arts education. Participants will follow a writing prompt, as well as utilize music software to collaborate on a simple beat to accompany the words. The words of each individual are then recorded one by one, Larry produces the beat in real time, and the group gets to hear the song they made together at the end of the session. This showcases our facilitators’ ability to show how anyone given the proper tools to express themselves can be creative, tell a story, and collaborate with others. Creative songwriting and collaboration are two tenets of Believe in Music programming and this short, fun activity shows other professional artists how they can incorporate those ideals in their activity planning or classroom.

Arts Advocacy in Dance Pedagogy

Presenter: Jaye Knutson

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 229 Classroom

This session will demonstrate how arts advocacy is both explicit and implicit in the pedagogy of dance. Participants will engage in mini lessons using the pedagogy of modern dance and creative movement to identify and examine how the way we teach communicates the importance and accessibility of the arts to all who participate each and every time we teach! Questions to be Discussed include: How does the methods we use to deliver the arts communicate value? When does our pedagogy include or exclude participation? What considerations are needed when deciding on our pedagogy of choice? When is our pedagogy reinforcing or confronting mainstream practice in dance instruction?

Arguing with Art: Museums as forums for discussion and debate

Presenter: The Walters Art Museum

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 456 Conference Room

Images live in multiple dimensions of interpretation; these shift dramatically depending on their presentation. In this session Keondra Prier, School Programs Manager at the Walters of Museum of Art, will present some traditional methods of teaching objects in a gallery, their shortcomings, and ways that educators have challenged and expanded gallery teaching to create equitable experiences in art museums that enrich curriculum in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and beyond. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

County Arts Agencies of Maryland Meeting (1:00pm-5:00pm)

Presenter: Steven Skerritt-Davis

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 216 Conference Room

This session is a meeting of the County Arts Agencies of Maryland, a service organization of Maryland’s county arts council. It will include information from MSAC about revisions to the Community Arts Development program as well as time for networking and planning.

3:30-4:00PM Wrap Up, Raffle, and Announcements

Location: Performing Arts and Humanities Building 103 Proscenium Theatre