Celebrate, Look Back, Look Ahead

Join us to celebrate 20 years of Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Together we will look back at how far we’ve come and look ahead to envision the future of our field.

9:00am Opening Performance  

Askwith Hall

James An, Current Student; AIE 2017

Patrick McGuire, Cellist; Education Program Associate, Silkroad; AIE 2016

Aysha Upchurch, Dancing Diplomat, Seed Planter & Passionate Artist; COOL Schools (VSA MA) & HGSE; AIE 2015


Steve Seidel, Program Director, Arts in Education Program; Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant Senior Lecturer in Arts in Education; Senior Research Associate and Director Emeritus, Project Zero


James E. Ryan, Dean of the Faculty of Education; Charles William Eliot Professor of Education

Looking Back: History of the Arts in Education Program

Jessica Hoffman Davis, Founding Director, The Arts in Education Program

Howard Gardner, The John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education; Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education

Jeff Hopkins, Educator/Illustrator/Storyteller, PicturesCometoLife.com, AIE 2005

#BecauseofAIE Film and Reflection

Samara Rosenbaum, Current Student, Documentary Filmmaker, AIE 2017

Roma Kalani, Current Student, Multidisciplinary Artist & Educator, AIE 2017

Carissa Johnson White, Co-Chair, Continuing the Conversation; Education Consultant; AIE 2008

Transition to Gutman Conference Center

Looking Around: An Interactive Gallery of Current Work in the AIE Field

Nicole Agois Hurel, Director, COOL Schools (VSA MA), AIE 2006

Joy Lamberton Arcolano, Teaching Artist; Voice and Speech Faculty, Boston Conservatory at Berklee; AIE 2004

Rhoda Bernard, Chair, Music Education Department, Director of Autism Spectrum Programs, Boston Conservatory at Berklee; AIE 1999

Kassie Eberle Bettinelli, K-8 Public School Music Teacher; AIE 2011

Karen Cueva, Manager of Learning and Engagement Programs, Carnegie Hall; AIE 2016

Aliza Greenberg, Co-Chair, Continuing the Conversation; Arts Enrichment Coordinator, LearningSpring School; AIE 2007

Alyssa Liles-Amponsah, Visual Artist; Associate Director of K-12 Programming and Education Equity, University of Missouri; AIE 2012

Indra Raj, Music Director, KGNU Community Radio; AIE 2016

Jessica D. Rose, Ed.L.D. Candidate 2017, HGSE, AIE 2012

International Conversations: G05

Rosie Busiakiewicz (Moderator), Arts and Museum Educator,  AIE 2016

Srivi Kalyan, Director, Fooniferse Arts;  Faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology; AIE 2007

Kenneth Kwok, Director, Arts & Youth, National Arts Council (Singapore); AIE 2007

Arzu Mistry, Faculty and Research Associate, Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology; AIE 2008

Looking Forward: What’s Next for the Arts in Higher Education

Jessica Hoffman Davis (Moderator)

Joy Lamberton Arcolano

Rhoda Bernard

Alyssa Liles-Amponsah

Performance & Special Thanks to John Humphrey and Frank Hunnewell

Steve Seidel

Karen Cueva

12:30 – Lunch is Served

1:30pm Looking Forward: Visions for the Future of Arts in Education

Melanie Brown, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AIE 2007

Uday Sharad Joshi, Director of Engagement & Innovation, Old Town School of Folk Music, AIE 2009

Maura Tighe, Faculty, Boston Arts Academy, AIE 2010

Aysha Upchurch

Conversation & Reflection

Melanie Brown, Moderator

#BecauseofAIE & Continuing the Conversation

Aliza Greenberg, Carissa Johnson White

Closing Remarks

Steve Seidel

Closing Performance

Silk Road Ensemble Musicians:

Sandeep Das, Tabla

Cristina Pato, Galician Bagpipe and Ensemble Education Advisor

Shane Shanahan, Percussion and Ensemble Education Advisor

3:30pm Reception