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Westminster Center for the Arts




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"Arts & Community Symposium"

Tuesday, October 23rd

10AM-12PM: Morning Session Master Classes, featuring:

Arlene Goldbard, “Values and Ethics of Community Arts Practice” -
Through this interactive workshop, participants discover their own values and ethical commitments, learning techniques that equip them to anticipate and head off conflicts and find mutual, respectful solutions when they do arise. Arlene’s advice is based on decades of experience with practitioners and their real-world challenges. (Westminster on the Draw, Room 105, max 20 people)
Public parking is available at Westminster on the Draw - entrance to parking structure can be accessed from 1300 East.

Mark Churchill, “El Sistema: History, Theory, and Impact on Venezuelan Youth" -
Explores how a modest rehearsal of a new youth orchestra in a Caracas parking garage 38 years ago grew into the global "social action through music" miracle that El Sistema represents. What lessons can be learned and what qualities of the Venezuelan approach can be "translated" into other cultures? (Westminster on the Draw, Room 106, max 20 people)
Public parking is available at Westminster on the Draw - entrance to parking structure can be accessed from 1300 East.

Dudley Cocke, “Story Circle Training” - Participants will learn Roadside Theater's signature technique and discuss its uses.
(Jewett 200, max 10)
Free public parking is available on all Westminster campus parking structures - entrance to parking structures can be accessed from 1700 South.

David Flatley, "Arts Integration at Columbia College Chicago" - The 20 year old experiment in codifying arts integration as a strategy to fully engage students in their own learning while enriching arts learning across content areas is alive and well in Chicago.  Nationally, it has taken root through a burgeoning teaching artist movement and a recognition that a creativity-infused curriculum supports the development of critical and higher order thinking skills.  This session will explore how the field is embracing certain strategies that sustain the role of arts integration despite the continuing pressures of standardized testing and core curriculum mandates.  (Westminster on the Draw, Room 108, max 20 people)
Public parking is available at Westminster on the Draw - entrance to parking structure can be accessed from 1300 East.

2-4PM: Afternoon Session Master Classes, featuring:

Arlene Goldbard, “An Exploration of Cultural Policy Initiatives in the US and around the World" -
Widely known as an expert in cultural policy, Arlene offers a uniquely incisive, commonsense take on the development of American cultural policy, placing it in the context of international policy thinking and action. She never fails to inspire, ignite, and enable listeners to understand this fascinating, complex policy arena. (Westminster on the Draw, Room 105, max 30 people)
Public parking is available at Westminster on the Draw - entrance to parking structure can be accessed from 1300 East.

Dudley Cocke, “Ensemble Play Creation” -
Participants will experience some of the ways Roadside Theater has created 59 original ensemble plays. (Jewett Black Box, REGISTRATION CLOSED.)

Mark Churchill, “El Sistema USA: American Trends” -
There are nearly 70 El Sistema inspired programs in the US, all started in the past few years. This session will focus on how El Sistema's values and practices took root in the US, and the prospects for growth and inspiration to arts education and social development in our country. (Westminster on the Draw, Room 106, max 20 people)
Public parking is available at Westminster on the Draw - entrance to parking structure can be accessed from 1300 East.

David Flatley, "Community Arts Learning: An exploration of the programs and projects of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Columbia College Chicago" -  Columbia College Chicago, one of the nation’s larger arts, media, and communications colleges, fulfills the civic engagement portion of its mission through the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP). This fourteen year old outreach/in-reach unit supports extended learning for students K-18.  Service learning, community schools, arts integration and more will be looked at through the lens of a campus/community partnership that explores best practices in arts education both locally and nationally. (Westminster on the Draw, Room 108, max 20 people)
Public parking is available at Westminster on the Draw - entrance to parking structure can be accessed from 1300 East.

7-9:30PM: "The Future of Culture: Your World Transformed by Art", a conversation with Arlene Goldbard -  Arlene will lead us on a journey to a possible future, imagining the Center and surrounding community twenty years from now, greatly changed through engagement with art and the work of artists. She'll offer her ideas about how to make that vision real, then use the balance of time for questions and discussion with the audience. *ROOM CHANGE: (Westminster on the Draw, Room 107)
Public parking is available at Westminster on the Draw - entrance to parking structure can be accessed from 1300 East.
Wednesday, October 24th

2:30-4:30PM: Panel Discussion:  “Community Cultural Development in Higher Education” -  Arlene Goldbard, Dudley Cocke, Mark Churchill, Steve Richardson, and David Flatley. *ROOM CHANGE: (Westminster on the Draw Room 107)
Public parking is available at Westminster on the Draw - entrance to parking structure can be accessed from 1300 East.

7-9:00PM: “A Conversation with Mark Churchill & Dudley Cocke” *ROOM CHANGE: (Westminster on the Draw, Room 107)

     7-7:55PM: Mark
     7:55-8:05PM: BREAK
     8:05-9PM: Dudley
     9-9:30PM Q&A with Mark & Dudley

9-9:30PM: Closing Reception *ROOM CHANGE: (Westminster on the Draw)

Public parking is available at Westminster on the Draw - entrance to parking structure can be accessed from 1300 East.

Featured guests include:

Arlene Goldbard
, arlenegoldbard.com
Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant, and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics, and spirituality.  She was born in New York and grew up near San Francisco.

Her most recent book, New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development was published by New Village Press in November 2006. She is also co-author of Community, Culture and Globalization, an international anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, and author of Clarity, a novel. Her essays have been published in In Motion Magazine, Art in America, Theatre, Tikkun, and many other journals.

She has addressed many academic and community audiences in the U.S. and Europe on topics ranging from the ethics of community arts practice to the development of integral organizations. She has provided advice and counsel to hundreds of community-based organizations, independent media groups, and public and private funders and policymakers including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Service, Appalshop and dozens of others. She is currently writing a new book on art’s public purpose. Her blog and other writings may be downloaded from her Web site: arlenegoldbard.com. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center.

Dudley Cocke
, roadside.org
Dudley Cocke is a stage director, writer, and media producer and the artistic director of Roadside Theater, a wing of Kentucky’s multi-media, rural arts and humanities center, Appalshop.  Under Dudley’s direction, Roadside has created 59 original plays, which it has toured to 43 states and Europe. For creating artistic opportunities with people whose stories have not been reflected in mainstream cultural institutions, he received the 2002 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities. 

Dudley often writes and speaks about rural issues. His essays and plays have been widely published, including American Theatre, Yale University, Urban Institute, Africa World Press, Heinemann, the University of New Mexico Press, and The Arts Politic.  He has frequently collaborated on community cultural development projects with colleges and universities including Cornell, William & Mary (Eminent Professor, 1995-6), and New York University. 

Dudley presently serves on the national boards of Appalshop, Alternate ROOTS, Bush Foundation, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, and Rural Research Policy Institute.  He received his B.A. from Washington & Lee University; his graduate work was conducted at Harvard University.

To learn more about Dudley’s current projects, visit: thousandkites.org; bushfoundation.org; imaginingamerica.org; rupri.org; alternateroots.org.


Mark Churchill, elsistemausa.org
Educator, conductor, and cellist, Mark Churchill is Director of El Sistema USA and Dean Emeritus of Preparatory and Continuing Education and Senior Advisor of New England Conservatory (NEC). As Dean and Artistic Director of the Department of Preparatory and Continuing Education for 30 years, he developed and oversaw programs emphasizing serious, professional training for pre-college students and adults in addition to numerous community based programs and local, national, and international partnerships. Most recently he spearheaded both El Sistema USA and the Abreu Fellows Program at NEC, connecting NEC directly with the US’s rapidly growing music education/social development movement, inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema and its visionary founder José Antonio Abreu. 

Having served as Associate Conductor of the Boston Ballet from 1992 to 2010, Dr. Churchill is the founder and Music Director of Symphony Pro Musica, Worcester's Salisbury Lyric Opera, and the Salisbury Chamber Orchestra.  For eleven years he was the Resident Conductor and Faculty Chairman of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong, a pan-Asian organization founded by the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin. Recently he led the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra in its annual gala concert. As a cellist he has appeared as soloist, recitalist and chamber music player throughout the United States and on tours of South America and Asia.  He has performed in Seoul, Hong Kong, and Taiwan with the Trio Pro Musica.  Much sought after as a teacher of talented teenage cellists, he is on the cello faculty of the NEC Preparatory School and has taught at major summer music programs including Greenwood Music Camp, Musicorda, and the Heifetz and Foulger International Institutes.

Dr. Churchill is an active advocate for the improvement and expansion of music education programs in American schools.  For many years he oversaw NEC’s Center for Music-in-Education, which featured the development of new music education curricula and music teacher training programs.  Along with Venezuela’s José Antonio Abreu, he is the founder and vice president of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, established in 2002, which draws gifted young musicians from throughout North and South America.  In 2005 he spearheaded the signing of a "Friendship Agreement" between New England Conservatory and Venezuela's massive youth orchestral training program, El Sistema.  He serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations including Project STEP, a pre-professional support program for string students of color; the Conservatory Lab Charter School, a K-5 public inner-city elementary school offering a music based curriculum and a fully integrated El Sistema program for all students; the Walnut Hill School, an independent school for serious high school age art students; the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, an initiative with the mission of bringing together, supporting, and advocating for all quality music education programs in the US; the Berkshire Institute for Theology and the Arts; and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. 

Dr. Churchill holds the DMA degree from the University of Hartford and the B.M. and M.M. degrees from New England Conservatory. His doctoral dissertation research on Brazilian music was supported by a one year Fulbright grant to live and work in that country.  His principal teachers include Herbert Blomstedt and Charles Bruck (conducting); Rudolf Kolisch (chamber music); and Raya Garbousova, Laurence Lesser and David Soyer (cello).

Steve Richardson, apps.carleton.edu/weitz
Steve Richardson, a 1986 graduate of Carleton College, a small, private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota returned to his alma mater in 2007 as Director of the Arts.
Before his return to Carleton, Richardson served as producing director at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune, helping the theater earn a 2005 Tony Award for outstanding regional theater. At Theatre de la Jeune Lune he was involved in marketing and public relations, fundraising, touring and co-productions, strategic planning, community partnership management and budget oversight.
Richardson has played a central role in developing the arts at Carleton, promoting arts outreach to local schools, the Northfield arts community, and the Twin Cities area arts community. He is also responsible for management of the new interdisciplinary Weitz Center for Creativity, coordinating major art events, and performance and exhibition series, along with managing curricular and co-curricular arts activities.

Richardson served as the liaison between the College’s faculty and building design team for the Weitz Center which is located in the former Northfield Middle School.
Prior to his tenure at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Richardson was the marketing director for Theatre IV and marketing associate at Theatre Virginia, both in Richmond, Virginia.

David Flatley, colum.edu/CCAP
David A. Flatley, Executive Director of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago, has over two decades experience in developing and implementing educational initiatives designed to improve teacher practice and student achievement, and effectively utilize teaching artists in schools and community settings.  His international work includes supporting the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Educational Authority as they have worked to replicate the arts integration model developed by David and his team through the Chicago Teachers' Center in the 90's.  He was instrumental in advancing the work of arts integration in Chicago through his work with the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. 

He has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois-Champaign and a Practitioner’s Certificate in Intercultural Communications from the Institute for Intercultural Communications in Portland.  He accepted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award on behalf of CCAP, one of fifteen national awardees each year, the award was presented at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010.  David currently serves on the Illinois Federation for Community Schools Board, the Arts Schools Network Board, the CAPE Advisory Board, and the Teaching Artist Certificate Program Advisory Board with the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  He is a jazz pianist and writer.

To register for the Symyposium, click here:  "Arts & Community Symposium"
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 19, 5pm