The next Regional Arts Education Day will take place on October 8, 2018 at Pittsburgh Greenway Professional Development Center in Pittsburgh’s West End. This year’s theme is Honoring Tradition, Demanding Progress.
Registration is open now – register here!
Over twenty presenters will hold concurrent sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from fiber arts to culturally responsive pedagogy. Learn more about the concurrent sessions scheduled for the day. In addition, AEC is thrilled to announce not one, but two exceptional keynote speakers for Regional Arts Education Day. Both keynote speakers have embodied our theme of Honoring Tradition, Demanding Progress throughout their rich and varied careers.
The first keynote speaker is vocalist, educator, and composer Anqwenique Wingfield. Wingfield’s 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.
The second speaker is Eric Booth, who 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. AEC is extremely excited to welcome Eric Booth back to Pittsburgh on the 20th anniversary of the Arts Education Congress.