The Challenge of Change

Public Policy Advocacy for Arts in Education


Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Organized by Richard Kessler, dean, Mannes College The New School for Music.

What is the current status of arts in education, nationally and locally? Richard Kessler, dean of Mannes College The New School for Music and past director of the Center for Arts Education, moderates an open discussion about the changes and challenges in arts in education. Discussion will include education policies like the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Common Core, and STEM, as well as the local realities of how funders are reacting to cuts in public education and the loss of arts specialists. What has worked and what hasn't? Can a more active advocacy effort save the arts in education?