2021 REIGNITE! THE ARTS MOVING FORWARD

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Join us for our 82nd annual conference as a space to reignite and reflect on your teaching, art practice, and leadership through connecting and collaborating with colleagues in the arts.  During a continued time of transitions, changes, and pivoting, the conference offers opportunities to reflect and re-energize!   

Where do you find passion and JOY in teaching and learning? This conference will provide the opportunity to examine current topics in the field through many lenses and perspectives.   

How do educators, artists, and leaders in the arts use our collective learning from a unique year of teaching and learning in the arts to refuel and reinvent one's work moving forward? This conference explores a broad range of topics to refuel one’s practice as teachers, artists, and leaders by examining contemporary topics in the arts and art education. Topics include: Building culturally relevant and sustaining classrooms and communities, exploring one’s personal work as an artist, incorporating mindfulness practices in educational settings and the value of storytelling in honoring individuals and communities.  

Our 82nd conference offers hands on sessions, small breakout sessions and dynamic speakers focused on timely topics in the field, opportunities to make art, space for connecting with local art educators and community activists, and time for exploring new spaces in the Sharadin Arts Building. In addition, the Miller Gallery will be featuring Figures and Projections: Selected Work from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.   

Join us for a day of revitalization- connecting and collaborating with each other through the power of the arts!  

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Browning M. Neddeau 
Dr. Browning M. Neddeau

A framework and conversation about cultural [mis]appropriation in classrooms

This keynote explores the AIR Framework (Ask, Invite, and Reflect) when presenting lessons representing cultures and people, and is intended to help educators and administrators reflect on your pedagogical practices, with a particular focus on culturally appropriate art-making in your classroom. Introduced in January 2020 in a National Art Education Association webcast and has since been included in national, state, and local conversations about cultural [mis]appropriation. The Framework is grounded in art education theory and practice; therefore, making it an accessible Framework for educators and administrators to fully realize in the spaces they occupy. Cultural [mis]appropriation is endemic in society. The AIR Framework provides an opportunity for you to intentionally address potential cultural [mis]appropriation. Throughout the keynote, we will question, acknowledge, and grow from our discomfort in ways that foster a learning environment respectful of the diverse cultures and traditions in your classroom. Honoring the linguistic and cultural diversity of the spaces you occupy moves beyond culturally relevant pedagogies and invites culturally sustaining and revitalizing pedagogies. As we reignite the arts moving forward, let us amplify our students’ lived experiences in a way that creates spaces for truths and agency to flourish.

  • Dr. Browning M. Neddeau Biography

    Dr. Browning M. Neddeau (he/him/his) is enrolled in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He is a jointly appointed Assistant Professor of Elementary Teacher Education and American Indian Studies at California State University, Chico located in Chico, California, USA. He is Chair of the National Art Education Association’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Commission. Furthermore, he holds a position on the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. He has three lines of research under the larger umbrella of student engagement: arts education, Native American culturally-appropriate representation in schools, and agricultural education. He explores issues, challenges, and misconceptions of content integrity and draws connections between the lines for interdisciplinary studies in education. His latest publications center on storytelling. In addition to publishing his work, Dr. Neddeau presents his research at international, national, state, and local conferences. Prior to becoming a tenure-track faculty member in the California State University system, Dr. Neddeau was a California public elementary school teacher and adjunct faculty member at public and private universities.

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Workshops

David R. Modler 

David Modler

David R. Modler is a maker, scholar and professor originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Art Education from Towson State University and his Master of Fine Arts in painting from James Madison University. Modler is an internationally recognized expert in the field of visual journals, which he utilizes to explore some of the stylistic, conceptual and contextual concerns of his research and studio practices. He facilitates numerous lectures and workshops around the world as well as maintaining a prolific studio practice creating paintings, visual journals and installations. Modler currently works as an Associate Professor of Art and serves as the chair in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Visual Journals 101 Workshop

This crash course on visual journals will give you all the craft (re)development you need to (re)envision a journaling practice of your own. Come and (re)ignite all those good intentions you have had of engaging and persisting as an expressive and reflective daily art maker. A wide variety of watercolor paint, watercolor pencil, collage, writing and image transfer techniques will be demonstrated for you to stretch studio practice and explore new ways of knowing.

David Modler work

Dr. Browning M. Neddeau
Exploring your story(ies): How storytelling, power, and privilege are (un)seen and (un)heard in your classroom Workshop

Dr. Browning M. Neddeau

I have a story for you to share. Come hear how storytelling moves us to reimagine our classrooms as culturally sustaining and revitalizing places for students to learn and grow. In this workshop, we will explore the use of power and privilege in storytelling and how understanding these concepts can help your students be their authentic selves in your classroom. With the national conversations swirling around Critical Race Theory (CRT), this workshop offers space to explore how our identity(ies) and the opportunities to explore multiple perspectives is part of your students’ stories. The workshop will not focus on a single story. The presenter acknowledges that teaching is inherently political and invites participants to attend the workshop who are willing to sit with discomfort and allow others in the room to sit with it, too. Storytelling is a very powerful and important element in our teaching and learning. Come share, learn, and grow with us as we explore telling your story.

Elisa Hannay & Macy Bui

Macy Bui and Elisa Hannay

Elisa Hannay has been an elementary art teacher for Manheim Township School District for five years and taught as a K-12 art teacher in Haiti for three years. She received her graduate and undergraduate degrees from Kutztown. 

Macy Bui is a K-12 Art Teacher in the Hempfield School District. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree in Art Education from Kutztown University. Macy is passionate about both the visual and performing arts, assisting with the musical and dance program at Hempfield High School.  

Collaboration Through Collage Workshop

Join Elisa & Macy as they explore collaboration through innovative and hands-on activities. They will share their exciting experiences of working collaboratively across neighboring school districts. This workshop promises to leave participants with inspirational takeaways and ready-to-teach lesson handouts that all students will love!  

Alexandra Aiken and Maggie Horvath

Alexandra Aiken

A tenured elementary art teacher with 7 years’ experience teaching in the PA public school system in Montgomery County. Ali has a passion for clay and had been working in the medium since 2003.

Maggie Horvath

A Kutztown Alum currently an Assistant Professor of fine art and the Coordinator of the Art Department at Campbell University. Maggie has been working in clay since 2005 and teaching ceramics since 2017.

Introduction to Elementary Ceramics through a Picture Book ELementary Ceramics Toolkit Workshop

Teaching ceramics in the elementary school classroom should be as app”roach”able as introducing any other new medium. In this session you will be introduced to an elementary ceramics toolkit. An easily accessible way to teach ceramics using “A Bug in a Mug” a picture book created by the presenters. Lesson plans that align with standards and a general ceramics Q and A. Bring your ceramics questions.

Closing Performance
SuiteFranchon

Performance by SuiteFranchon

 (prounced: Sweet-Fran-shon)

The Soul Artpreneur Poet performer / Author / Radio & Television personality Composer / Songwriter / Producer / Director / Artist Development Coach

A sought after event producer, performance poet, motivational speaker and on air radio television personality, SuiteFranchon is known for creating interactive engaging experiences for artists, art lovers, urban professionals and diverse communities. At her core she’s a storyteller, a true renaissance woman and lover of the arts. Emerging from Wilmington, Delaware, SuiteFranchon creates opportunities and businesses using live performing arts. Her pursuit of excellence is soul driven based on the universal concepts of peace,love, hope and positivity.

Franchon also produces customized poetry for individuals, events, and organizations. SuiteFranchon is the Author of “Living the Journey”, a poetry compilation that inspires and motivates the reader by telling stories of love and life. In addition to being an author and composer, she enjoys creating live and engaging performances for diverse audiences.

For a full list of her credentials and reviews, please visit www.suiteranchon.us or follow her on all social media @suitefranchon.

Conclude the conference with an inspirational performance by an inspirational performer. Join SuiteFranchon and leave with the inspiration you need to fuel you both professionally and personally.

  • SuiteFranchon Biography

    SUITEFRANCHON

    (prounced: Sweet-Fran-shon)


    The Soul Artpreneur
    Poet performer / Author / Radio & Television personality
    Composer / Songwriter / Producer / Director / Artist Development Coach


    A sought after event producer, performance poet, motivational speaker and on air radio television personality, SuiteFranchon is known for creating interactive engaging experiences for artists, art lovers, urban professionals and diverse communities. At her core she’s a storyteller, a true renaissance woman and lover of the arts. Emerging from Wilmington, Delaware, SuiteFranchon creates opportunities and businesses using live performing arts. Her pursuit of excellence is soul driven based on the universal concepts of peace,love, hope and positivity.
    Franchon also produces customized poetry for individuals, events, and organizations. SuiteFranchon is the Author of “Living the Journey”, a poetry compilation that inspires and motivates the reader by telling stories of love and life. In addition to being an author and composer, she enjoys creating live and engaging performances for diverse audiences.
    For a full list of her credentials and reviews, please visit www.suiteranchon.us or follow her on all social media @suitefranchon.