United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA) Regional Conference
An Inclusive World: Bridging Communities

Join us for a three day conference of local, national, international museum educators, arts teachers, professors, gallerists, and artists. Over 65 sessions include best practices, panels, and hands on workshops. Registration includes two days of breakfast and lunch at the new museum café, an opening reception, weekend pass to the Hall of Science, access to ongoing exhibits of Tiffany glass and the NYC panorama, plus designated time shuttles from the Willets Point station to the Museum before the conference begins. For Conference Agenda and Registration, click here

The conference examines arts and culture in classrooms, museums and community arts organizations. The goals of the conference are to find ways that participants in these different contexts might share resources, knowledge, and expertise to enrich their respective disciplines. The conference topics are as follows: Inclusion in Learning Communities, Effective Tools for Diverse Community Engagement in the Museum, Debating the Stigma of "Outsider Art,” Art and Social Practice, and High and Low Tech Tools for 21st century Art Education.

The four keynote speakers were invited based on these points. They are each renowned representatives in their fields.

Sherry Huss is vice president of Maker Media and co-creator of the beloved Maker Faire. Her vision and passion for the maker movement is instrumental in growing the Make: brand within the maker ecosystem. Sherry brings over 20 years of product marketing and event experience to the team, joining Make: after holding senior management positions at MediaLive International, Key3Media, Ziff-Davis, and Softbank. Before Maker Faire, Sherry was instrumental in launching and managing successful technology and consumer events such as Sun’s JavaOne, Oracle’s iDevelop, O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 Summit and Dwell on Design. When not in the office, Sherry and her husband enjoy exploring the maker scene around the world and seeking out exceptional cuisine. Maker Trivia: Sherry co-owns Renga Arts, a company dedicated to functional art made from reclaimed, repurposed and recycled items.

Tom di Maria, has served as Creative Growth Art Center’s Director since 2000. As Director, he has developed partnerships with museums, galleries and international design companies to help bring Creative Growth’s artists with disabilities fully into the contemporary art world. He speaks around the world about the Center’s major artists and their relationship to both Outsider Art and contemporary culture. Prior to this position, he served as Assistant Director of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, at UC Berkeley. Tom has also worked as the Executive Director of FRAMELINE, and as Director of Development and Marketing at the San Francisco Film Society. He holds a B.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.F.A. from Maryland Institute, College of Art, in film and photography. Tom is also an award-winning filmmaker, with short film awards from Sundance, Black Maria, Sinking Creek, National Educational Media, and New York Experimental film festivals.

Tim Rollins, (b. 1955, Pittsfield, Maine) studied fine art at the University of Maine and earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. After graduate studies in art education and philosophy at New York University, Rollins began teaching art for special education middle school students in a South Bronx public school. In 1984, he launched the Art and Knowledge Workshop in the Bronx together with a group of at-risk students who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival). In 1997, the documentary, Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins & K.O.S. was widely received at the London Film Festival, Cinema de Real, France and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Since its inception, the group has exhibited extensively worldwide including a recent solo exhibition at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, in 2014. Additional exhibitions include presentations at the Studio Museum, Harlem (2013); Hayward Gallery, London (2012); Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2012); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2011); the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (2011); and the Whitney Biennial (2006). A retrospective of the group’s 20-year career opened at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in 2009 and travelled to the Frye Museum in Seattle and the ICA Philadelphia later that year. A fully illustrated hardcover catalogue, co-published by the Tang Museum and MIT Press, accompanied the exhibition. The group’s work is represented in nearly 100 prestigious public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum of Art, Washington D.C.; Tate Modern, London; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C. and Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, among others.

Tim Rollins and K.O.S. are based in New York City.

Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) is the first Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he leads a 70-person world-class team on topics he loves: digital, social, mobile, video, apps, email, interactives, data and more. He joined the Met in 2013 after spending 20+ years at Columbia University as a full-time professor at Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university’s first Chief Digital Officer. In 2009, he was named one of AdAge’s 25 media people to follow on Twitter; in 2010 was named one of Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media; and in 2014, was named one of the most influential Chief Digital Officers by CDO Club.

The New York Times recently wrote about the digital strategy of the Met and Sree, on the occasion of his first anniversary at the Museum.
The Met’s flagship iOS app just launched and it was named a “Best New App” by Apple; a “Must-Have App” by Design Sponge; and an “App of the Week” by iLounge. Business Insider used the app to look at the Met’s wider digital media strategy.

Highlights include:

  • Opening Speaker – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
  • Catherine Morris, Exhibition Curator, Sackler Center for Feminist Art – a panel discussion of the Bound and Unbound: Presenting the Work of Judith Scott at the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • Janet Velasquez Cela, Queens Borough Arts Director, Office of Arts and Special Projects, NYC DOE will attend the opening
  • The travelling exhibition An Inclusive World will feature:
    Work of the renowned French Designer Jacques Jarrige, recently featured in the New York Times
    And
    Work of Tim Rollins (keynote) and KOS, the Dark Waters Series
  • An Inclusive World: Young People’s Voices Pop up exhibit of New York City K to 12 students’ art at the Unisphere (In partnership with NYCATA/UFT)
  • NYC art teachers receive DOE credit
  • Blick Art Materials giveaways and hands on workshops

For Conference Agenda and Registration, click here

Breakdown of Conference topics:

Topic 1 – Inclusion in Learning Communities
How can we meet the greater demand for inclusion in:
Public School System
Cultural Art Institutions
Community Outreach

Topic 2 – Effective Tools for Diverse Community Engagement in the Museum
Examples of methodologies for:

  • Play and learning
  • Community benefits
  • Performance
  • Exhibitions
  • Family members and community residents

Topic 3 – Debating the Stigma of “Outsider Art”
How might we:

  • Disempower stereotyping
  • Bridge communities through the arts
  • Foster an innovative space in which we respect each other’s differences

Topic 4 – Art and Social Practice
How art projects might be viewed as potential models for:

  • Daily Life
  • Social and environmental sustainability
  • Participatory Democracy
  • Dialogue
  • Globalism
  • Problem Solving

Topic 5 – High and Low Tech Tools for 21st Century Art Education
How can educators use high and low-tech tools to differentiate for:

  • English language learners
  • Heterogeneous class populations
  • Students with a variety of needs

For Conference Agenda and Registration, click here

Non USSEA, InSEA, NAEA, UFT, NYCMER or ArtTable Members: $85.00
(Fee Includes: Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and Lunch. Free Admission to New York Hall of Science with Conference ID)

USSEA, InSEA, NAEA, UFT, NYCMER or ArtTable Members: $60.00
(Fee Includes: Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and Lunch. Free Admission to New York Hall of Science with Conference ID)

College Students (with current ID): $45.00
(Fee Includes: Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and Lunch. Free Admission to New York Hall of Science with Conference ID)

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