Regional Arts Education Day

Regional Arts Education Day (RAED) is a one-day professional learning event held annually in October. Educators from schools and arts organizations gather to engage in presentations and conversations about topics of interest.

Regional Arts Education Day 2018 took place on October 8 at Pittsburgh Greenway Professional Development Center in Pittsburgh’s West End. The theme was Honoring Tradition, Demanding Progress.

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AEC hosted nearly 150 educators and two exceptional keynote speakers for Regional Arts Education Day

Anqwenique Wingfield wearing a black dress and pearl necklace with her hands joined on top of her head.Vocalist, educator, and composer Anqwenique Wingfield-Kinsel’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. 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!

2018 Highlights




continuing education hours awarded


concurrent sessions

In event evaluations, participants said the following about aspects of the day:

  • I am more aware of the skills that I already posses, and how they may be transferable in ways I have not yet considered in teaching artistry.

  • Having the chance to hear others talk about what we do and how we do it is inspiring and motivating.

  • All of the breakout sessions were extremely relevant to my everyday teaching life.

  • Great job! I loved my experience!

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