IOWA'S 1ST FINE ARTS EDUCATION SUMMIT A SUCCESS!
Almost 400 visual, media, music, theater and dance educators gathered on July 20th for our state's first Fine Arts Education Summit in Ankeny, Iowa. Several of our AEI members are on the leadership committee that helped organize the event and presented sessions. Many AEI members attended as well. Olivia Gude was the keynote speaker, focusing on how arts standards support learning for democratic life. She expressed how "art educators create citizens of a democratic society by creating the conditions through which youth experience the pleasures, anxieties, and responsibilities of democratic life". Fine Arts Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education, Angela Matsuoka stated, "The energy and enthusiasm was truly palpable, and the content was relevant and engaging to our attendees. We had so many educators excited for our next Summit as they were walking out of the doors at the end of the day - and that is very telling!"
TESTIMONIES FROM SUMMIT ATTENDEES