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.

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 for Regional Arts Education Day is now closed. Check back in summer 2019!

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 DayBoth keynote speakers have embodied our theme of Honoring Tradition, Demanding Progress throughout their rich and varied careers.

Anqwenique Wingfield wearing a black dress and pearl necklace with her hands joined on top of her head.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.

2017 Highlights

RAED 2017 featured Bill Isler as keynote speaker. Isler is the former President & CEO of the Fred Rogers Company, Pittsburgh Board of Education member, and Chair of AEC’s Steering Committee.




continuing education hours awarded


breakout sessions

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

  • The keynote speaker was absolutely fascinating and inspiring, as well as frustrating to a degree. I wish the road ahead was smoother, but presenters such as the keynote speaker and organizations like AEC will likely make the journey more passable.

  • 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.

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