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F1RST Symposium: A conference that celebrates and assists those who bring others to art

Free resources for art teachers, inspiration for the public

First things first: Artists and other creative professionals add health and vitality to communities, but FIRST those artists and creative professionals must come to art as students, community members, children. But for this to happen teachers and those who bring art to communities need others to support them in this truly important work. This conference is meant to do just that.

This free, two-part symposium includes a morning session for teachers, with CEU credits available, and an afternoon keynote address and panel discussion open to the public and spotlighting the role and  value of art and artists to the health and vitality of our community.

For teachers the conference provides resources to help with:

  • teaching about art and design careers
  • developing new content for their classes
  • networking with arts organizations and one another
  • CEUs (amount to be announced when schedule is finalized)

Morning Sessions: Content for the Classroom

9:30-10:00am: Sign in

10:00am–12:00pm: Content for the Classroom Sessions

These free, morning sessions will provide art teachers, art center instructors, and others who support and develop visual art and design education and outreach programming with models of content that can be taught in the classroom so your students will know about creative careers and creative life paths. CEU credits will be available (amount of credit will be announced when the schedule is finalized.) A registration form will be posted on this web page closer to the date of the event.

12:00–1:00pm: Lunch – Sandwiches and drinks provided

Afternoon Session: Why Art Matters to Students, to Cities –
Open to the Public

1:15– 2:45pm Artists speaking on their Community Engaged Practices

Kristen Thompson-Smith, art educator and 2009 graduate of CIA presents on Professional Careers in the Visual Creative Professions

Other presenters will be added as they are confirmed – Watch our website!

The Keynote: 3:30pm

Mary Campbell-Zopf, executive director of the Dayton-based arts organization Muse Machine, has been a leader at the state and national levels in arts education for more than two decades. Prior to assuming the leadership of Muse in 2014, she had a 25-year career at the Ohio Arts Council, where she served as deputy director from 2006 until 2014.

Campbell-Zopf brings a broad perspective on the arts in society, having worked as a teacher, a school board member, an arts educator, a leader at Ohio Arts Council, and now the leader of Muse Machine, a nationally recognized arts education organization annually serving 70,000 students and their teachers in 10 counties in southwestern Ohio.

The panel discussion: 3:45pm

Titled “Why Art Matters to Cities, to Students,” the panel discussion will be moderated by Thomas B. Schorgl, president and CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC). Schorgl, too, brings an expansive outlook on the arts in society. In his role, he manages CPAC’s efforts to strengthen and advance the Northeast Ohio region and the arts and cultural sector through unique public and private partnerships. 

Joining Schorgl as panelists will be Liz Maugans, co-founder and managing director of Zygote Press; Marsha Dobrzynski, executive director, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning; and Charles D. Lawrence, president and CEO, The Music Settlement; and Ed Gallagher, director of education, Beck Center for the Arts.

FIRST was conceived as a bookend to CIA’s annual NEXT program. Held in October, NEXT introduces high school and transfer college students to career and educational options in art and design fields through a panel discussion led by recent CIA graduates and hands-on workshops in CIA studios.

George Gund Foundation
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
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