Presented by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education.

The 2014 Joint Arts Education Conference will take place at the Phoenix Art Museum on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Keynote Speakers

This year’s Joint Arts Education Conference: Mapping the Future will provide attendees with the tools and resources they need to chart a course for success in their schools and communities.

Conference attendees will:

  • be the first to see updated census data about access to arts education in our state,
  • have hands-on opportunities to explore how arts learning is impacted by Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,
  • have a voice in the current revisions to Arizona’s State Arts Standards,
  • learn about successful national models, program evaluation, teacher assessment/evaluation, arts education leadership strategies and more.

Join your colleagues from across the state, along with keynote speakers, John Abodeely, Deputy Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and Mary Leuhrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation, to make connections, explore these topics and deepen your work helping students, schools and communities benefit from learning in, through and about the arts!

Who should attend: Art, dance, music and theatre educators; teaching artists; arts and cultural organizations; general classroom teachers; principals; curriculum supervisors for the arts; higher education faculty.


Registration and payment for the Joint Arts Education Conference is managed through the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Use the following links to access the appropriate registration form on the ADE website.

Regular Registration – $120
September 13 – October 15, 2014
Click here to register at the regular registration rate.

Student and Intern Registration – $75
May 21 – October 15, 2014
Full-time students and current interns at arts, culture or education institutions may register at this rate. Click here to register at the student and intern rate.

On-site Registration – $120
October 20, 2014


2014 Joint Arts Education Conference Draft Agenda

Additional sessions and details will be added to the agenda as they are confirmed. Please check back for the latest updates.

The Arts Commission and Department of Education have also created this Professional Development Request Letter to provide to authorizing officials.

Keynote Speakers

JohnImageJohn Abodeely is the Deputy Director at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues.  The PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field. Prior to PCAH, John worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, directing national arts education partnership initiatives, and at Americans for the Arts. John graduated from the Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School going on to become a Co-Founder at Simple Health.

MaryImageMary Luehrsen is a music advocate dedicated to music education and promoting support for music education.  As Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), Executive Director of NAMM Foundation, and a former music teacher and professional musician, Mary has helped NAMM and its partners with policy issues and legislation that impact access to music education in the United States. Mary spearheaded the development of the SupportMusic Coalition and created partnerships with high profile music advocates such as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and music icon Quincy Jones. She guided NAMM strategic partnerships with MENC, the Music Achievement Council, Sesame Street, The Tournament of Roses and many other partners that advance the profile and importance of music for all people.


phxArt_logo_lightbgPhoenix Art Museum has grown to an institution with an international reputation for excellence. In the last 50 years, the Museum has hosted more than 400 exhibitions, grown the collection to more than 17,000 works of art and been visited by millions. The mission of the Phoenix Art Museum is to be a vibrant destination connecting people to great art from around the world to enrich their lives and communities.