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Call for Presenters for VSA arts International Conference

Arts Education Conference and Career Development Forum for Artists with

VSA arts is seeking presentation proposals from policy-makers, artists, school and program administrators, researchers, and educators around the world for its international conference, to be held in Washington, D.C., June 10-12, 2010. The conference will discuss using the arts to advance inclusive education and to promote 21st-century learning skills. It will also provide a career development forum to assist artists with disabilities as they pursue careers. Keynote speakers include Kenneth
Eklindh, the head of the UNESCO EFA flagship program "The Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities: Towards Inclusion," Dame Evelyn Glennie, an internationally acclaimed soloist, and Sir Ken Robinson, a renowned expert in the field of creativity. The conference is part of the 2010 International VSA arts Festival, a multicultural event celebrating the accomplishments of artists with disabilities.

Proposed presentations for the conference should reflect the following themes/thematic tracks: the arts and 21st-Century learning skills; inclusive arts curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and career development for artists with disabilities. They should share the presenter´s experience and include evidence-based knowledge of effective research methodology and innovative practices.

Education proposals may include successful arts-education programs within the regular school day, arts-integrated curriculum across the general curriculum, and extracurricular arts activities beyond the regular school day. Topics of discussion for the career development forum will include encouraging business skills and portfolio
development, benefits planning, and increasing cultural access and funding. Each session will be in lecture, roundtable, panel, or workshop format. A review committee will select proposals based on their learning objectives and outcomes, expertise on the topic, level of participant involvement, and relevance to the conference´s theme and target audience.

Applications may be sent to International VSA arts Conference, 818 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20006 USA. To submit an application electronically, go to vsarts.org for instructions. For questions regarding the conference, please contact Géraldine Simonnet at 1-800-933-8721 or 1-202-628-2800 (voice), 1-202-737-0645 (TTY), or via e-mail at conference(at)vsarts.org

Deadline: May 29, 2009 (midnight, MST)

About VSA Arts
VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA arts provides educators, parents, and artists with resources and the tools to support arts programming in schools and communities. VSA arts showcases the accomplishments of artists with disabilities and promotes increased access to the arts for people with disabilities. Each year
millions of people participate in VSA arts programs through a nationwide network of affiliates and in 55 countries around the world.

Stephanie Taylor/VSA arts
(202) 628-2800 ext. 3883

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