Message from AEP Director Jamie Kasper
I hope you and your families are well during this time. The AEP team is still working remotely, and ECS is turning its attention to supporting rebuilding efforts in states. AEP staff members are part of those conversations, and we look forward to continuing to be voices for the arts within the broader context of ECS’ work.
We have made the difficult – but necessary – decision to cancel the September convening in San Diego. It’s not what we envisioned to celebrate AEP’s 25th anniversary, but we believe it’s the right decision for the health and safety of staff members and our arts education colleagues.
We will be turning our attention over the next weeks to planning alternate virtual programming. It is not our intent to replace the convening with an online version; instead, we’ll be thinking hard about both the possibilities and limitations of a virtual platform to connect us to each other.
If you have not yet submitted a concurrent session proposal, I urge you to do it now. We anticipate asking presenters to include their session as part of our redesigned programming. To give you time to think through what that might mean, we’re extending the submission date to May 29.
Stay safe and healthy, and I look forward to continuing to engage with you all as we move ahead.
The 2019 AEP Annual Convening took place Sept. 11-12 in Alexandria, Virginia.
The agenda included engaging panel discussions and concurrent sessions that explored the latest research, innovative practices and emerging policy approaches that highlight the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life.
Stay tuned: AEP will post videos, presentations and related materials from this two-day event on its website that AEP partner organizations and all arts and education leaders and stakeholders can utilize and share.