For Immediate Release
September 13, 2016

Contact: Steve Wilcox
[email protected]

Biennial Arts Education Conference to be held in Phoenix on October 24

The 2016 Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) will take place on Monday, October 24, at Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. The biennial statewide conference is a presentation of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education.

Designed to bring together Arizona’s arts education community for a full day of professional development, this year’s JAEC theme is Connect and Respond, with sessions focused on the New Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts, the evolution of Arizona’s youth demographics, and the design, creation, and sharing of tools and resources to develop cultural competency, systemic equity, and increased access and participation across all artistic dimensions.

In addition to a full slate of panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities, a keynote address will be delivered by Deron Hall, Director of Partnerships and Operations at Memphis Music Initiative: Empowering Youth through Music.

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

An early registration rate of $95 is available through September 20. As of September 21, the regular registration rate of $120 will apply. A special student/intern registration rate of $75 is available to full-time students and anyone currently engaged in an internship with an arts, culture or education institution. Registration will close on Monday, October 17, 2016.

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Additional information and links to register can be found at

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About the Arizona Commission on the Arts

One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 49-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts.

For more information about the grants, services and programs of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit

We imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

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