This symposium will focus on developing leadership capacity within towns and cities between like-minded citizens who support the arts and arts education, including local cultural council members, parents, arts educators, school policy makers, and practicing artists. Featured will be staff of The Ariel Group, Lexington, MA. Using experiential exercises from the theater, participants will learn how great actors develop powerful communication skills and how these skills apply directly to their leadership roles.
Additional sessions will be held which include training and suggestions about ways to approach legislators, school committees and school boards, local policy makers, and school administration regarding arts, culture, and arts education issues in your community. Time will be spent script writing and role playing about doing an “ask” of a policy makers; on hand will be two members of the MA state legislature (Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Rep. Kay Khan), a school committee member (Brian O’Connell, Worcester Schools), and a school superintendent (Marianne O’Connor, Westborough Schools) to give feedback about our role plays and to offer useful suggestions. Young Audiences will present Gail Zarren for a session on how to be “arts smart.”
The day will leave you feeling energized, motivated, and ready to tackle arts advocacy locally, regionally, and nationally!
The Symposium will be held at the Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester, from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Friday, October 15, 2010, and will offer 6 contact hours or PDPs. Fees for the day are listed in our online registration and complete program.
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