The next Regional Arts Education Day will take place on February 17, 2020. Check back soon for more details.
Regional Arts Education Day 2018 took place on October 8. The theme was Honoring Tradition, Demanding Progress. AEC hosted nearly 150 educators and two exceptional keynote speakers at Pittsburgh Greenway Professional Development Center in Pittsburgh’s West End.
Vocalist, educator, and composer Anqwenique Wingfield-Kinsel was the first keynote. Her versatility as a musician is reflected in a range of performances and compositions including lead roles in operas such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni and self-composed interdisciplinary opera A Love Supreme. In addition to working as a consultant, Director of Education at the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, teaching artist with organizations such as Gwen’s Girls, and Studio Director at BOOM Concepts, Wingfield is also the founding director of The Groove Aesthetic artist collective. Her contributions to the region’s arts scene span genres and age groups and serve as a model for artists and educators in Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. You can read a full transcript of her keynote speech here.
Eric Booth was keynote speaker at the 1998 Arts Education Congress that eventually gave birth to AEC. Booth has drawn attention and helped give viability to teaching artistry as a career. Beginning as a stage actor, Booth performed both on and off Broadway as well as on television before turning his efforts first to business and then to arts education. He has taught at Juilliard, Stanford, NYU, the Kennedy Center, and elsewhere. In addition, Booth piloted teaching artist programs and certifications and delivered the keynote lecture at the first UNESCO arts education conference in 2006.
Thanks to all who attended, and we look forward to the next Regional Arts Education Day!