About

Continuing the Conversation (CtC) provides opportunity and inspiration for substantive dialogue on the issues facing the arts in education community. An initiative with roots in the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, CtC brings together professionals and supporters of the field from all over the world. The mission of Continuing the Conversation is to promote and advance dialogue in order to identify and work on urgent issues in the Arts in Education sector and to inspire those involved to lead and create change in this sector and beyond through expanding the place of the arts in education and in society.

A brief history

From an informal chat in a stairwell during a Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) alumni networking event in 2006, Continuing the Conversation has blossomed into an initiative to bring high quality, substantive dialogue to everyone interested in the field of Arts in Education. Continuing the Conversation began with small regional events and get-togethers in Cambridge in 2007 and then in NYC, Washington D.C. and the greater LA area. In 2009 we had our first bi-annual conference at HGSE, “Building Community,” and we had another international convening in 2011, “Finding Voice.” The newest conversations will exist on this website as we continue to invest in bringing voices from every area of the Arts in Education field to join the conversation. We’d like to thank Steve Seidel, Scott Ruescher and the Arts in Education Program’s Advisory Council for their guidance and support in helping us bring the vision for CtC from our small evening events in 2007 to our international conferences in 2009 and 2011 to this great new forum of aieconversation.org in 2012!

Our team

 
Aliza Greenberg

Aliza Greenberg

Chair
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Aliza Greenberg (AiE 07) has been working with Continuing the Conversation since 2009 first as a Regional Coordinator in the New York area and now as a Co-Chair. Aliza is the Arts Enrichment Coordinator at the LearningSpring School, a school for students on the autism spectrum, and the Project Leader for Supporting Transitions with the Museum Access Consortium. Aliza serves as the Autism Education Specialist for Trusty Sidekick Theater Company during the development of Up and Away and Campfire created at Lincoln Center Education for children with autism. Previously, Aliza was a Program Manager at the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Education Program Manager at Roundabout Theatre Company. B.A., Bryn Mawr College (Psychology, Education); Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education (Arts in Education).

 
Carissa Johnson White

Carissa Johnson White

Chair
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Carissa Johnson White (AiE 08) is an artist and educator who passionately believes in the personal growth and empowerment potential of the arts. A former Peace Corps Volunteer (Tonga, 02-03) and an avid traveler, her work in the arts and education has crossed cultural borders and built communities all over the world. She has served schools as an artist-in-residence, created arts integration workshops for teacher professional development, and run her own educational consulting firm that created courses in arts, yoga/wellness, and personal development for schools, community centers and corporations in Chicago, Portland, OR, NYC, and beyond. Carissa holds a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and a M.Ed. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her other life, she is a spirited Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist and Mommy of two.

 

 
Steve Seidel

Steve Seidel

Advisor
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Steve Seidel holds the Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant Chair in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is Faculty Director of the Arts in Education program and a former director of Project Zero (2000-2008). At Project Zero, Seidel has been Principal Investigator for projects that have studied the use of reflective practices in schools, the close examination of student work, and the documentation of individual and group learning. His current research includes Talking with Artists who Teach, a study of working artists’ ideas and insights into the nature of artistic development and learning. Seidel and colleagues at Project Zero recently completed The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education, a study of what constitutes quality in arts learning and teaching. Before becoming a researcher, Seidel taught high-school theater and language arts in the Boston area for 17 years. He has also worked as a professional actor and stage director.

 
Kassie Eberle

Kassie Eberle

Core Committee
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Kassie Eberle (AiE 11) As a musician and educator from Kentucky, Kassie studied trumpet performance before joining the Peace Corps. In Togo, West Africa, she taught creativity classes that introduced various forms of fine arts to students, helping them use the arts to strengthen their individual lives and community. After graduating from Harvard, Kassie began working with From the Top as the Community Programs Manager and Mentor to young musicians with its Center for the Development of Arts Leaders.

 
Alyssa Liles-Amponsah

Alyssa Liles-Amponsah

Core Committee
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Alyssa Liles-Amponsah (AiE 2012) is an Associate Director of K-12 Programming and Education Equity at the University of Missouri. Alyssa also holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA in African American African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington.

 
Rosie Busiakiewicz

Rosie Busiakiewicz

Core Committee
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Rosie (AiE 2016) was a member of the 2015 – 2016 AiE cohort, during which time she simultaneously taught at Harvard Art Museums. With a background in both music and art museums, she gets to combine both in her job as Assistant Director of Extended Day at an elementary school in Metro-West Boston, as well as freelancing for the Museum of Fine Arts. She previously studied for her BA in Art History at the University of Cambridge, and for an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

 
Indra Raj

Indra Raj

Core Committee
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Indra Raj (AiE 2016) is an arts administrator, educator, and advocate. As a lifelong musician, trained in both Classical and contemporary styles, Indra strongly believes in creating access to quality arts education for all. This has led to work with various arts and education organizations, including Midori & Friends, a music education nonprofit that partners with NYC public schools, the South African Education and Environment Project, and New England Conservatory’s Community Performances and Partnerships program. A graduate of Oberlin College with degrees in English, History, and Music, Indra is a champion of the humanities and liberal arts and brings her passion for both to her current work with the Humanities and Liberal Arts Assessment Lab at Harvard University’s Project Zero. Indra currently lives in Boulder, CO. She is also a singer and songwriter.

 
Joanna C. Horton

Joanna C. Horton

Core Committee
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Joanna C Horton (AiE ‘13) A die-hard Maine girl, Joanna has enjoyed living in multiple areas of the U.S.  During college, she spent time living in the Dakota Sioux community of the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation in South Dakota. This experience helped spark her passion for racial identity work, social justice and youth empowerment.  Teaching and training from age 16, Joanna is a passionate artist and performer. She opened and ran an acting studio in Florida and collaboratively founded a theatre education non-profit. She leads theatre workshops and teaches professional acting technique to teens and adults. Her classes focus on personal exploration and developing confidence, while having a ton of fun. In a role as Dean of Students at Verde Valley School, international service-learning boarding school, Joanna lives in the beautiful red rock country of Sedona, AZ.  At VVS, Joanna enjoys coaching acting, as well as as supporting a positive, caring community while balancing structure and expectations. When not obsessing over teaching and learning of all kinds, Joanna loves to eat well, bond with friends, travel, study Buddhism, and laugh.

 
Joy Lamberton Arcolano

Joy Lamberton Arcolano

Founder
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Joy (AiE 04) has been working with CtC since 2007.  She is a theatre teaching artist in Boston and is the founder of Playhouse Education.  Though Joy’s area of expertise is in Shakespeare she really enjoys bringing classic stories from many cultures to her students and audiences. She has taught more than 50 residencies and collaborated with public, private and independent schools as well as theatrical and educational not for profits throughout New England over the last 12 years, teaching ages 3-83.

Joy also works in staff training and development (truetolifetraining.com) and is a voice over artist. For more information about her work please visit www.playhouseeducation.com

 
Andrea Sachdeva

Andrea Sachdeva

Founder
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With more than 10 years’ experience working in a variety of arts education and out-of-school time settings in the US and abroad, Andrea Sachdeva currently serves as International Director of Education for the ArtScience Prize, an art and design competition with a scientific theme that helps young people to discover a passion for learning and develop socially-relevant and innovative ideas. She also co-leads scaling-up of the ArtScience Prize program in sites around the world, including cities across the United States and in Asia, Europe, and Africa. In 2009-2010, Andrea provided research support and authored a published research report for the 20UNDER40Project, a collection of essays demonstrating innovative perspectives on the future of the arts and arts education.  Andrea has previously served as a Teaching Fellow with Professor Steve Seidel at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Additionally, Andrea has served as a freelance program evaluator for arts education programs in the Boston area. She holds a BM from Boston University’s School of Music (’04) with a major in Flute Performance and Musicology and an EdM in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (’07).

Get in touch

Continuing the Conversation
Arts in Education Program
Harvard University
Graduate School of Education

13 Appian Way
Longfellow 309
Cambridge, MA 02138

contact@aieconversation.org

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