Every two years, the Joint Arts Education Conference brings together Arizona’s teaching artists, educators, arts administrators and arts education advocates to explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social and personal success of students.

2018 JAEC Places Young People in the Lead

Every two years, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Department of Education co-host a Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) with arts educators from all disciplines. This year, the co-hosts have enlisted a highly qualified cohort of experts on creative youth engagement strategies to lead the planning and presentation of JAEC.

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2018 Joint Arts Education Conference

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
El Conquistador Tucson

Registration is now open.

The 2018 Joint Arts Education Conference will be held the day before and at the same location as the Arizona Department of Education’s ESSA Conference (formerly known as the Title I MEGA Conference). Those interested in attending both conferences can bundle their registrations and save!

Register for JAEC

Cost: $100/person


Register for JAEC & ESSA

Cost: $350/person


More information to come. Stay tuned!

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JAEC Archives

Connect & Respond

Monday, October 24, 2016
Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix AZ

How do we move from traditional skills-based instruction in the arts to a new educational paradigm that requires all students to CONNECT their artistic work to personal, societal, cultural, and historical contexts? How do we empower Arizona’s students to RESPOND to the world around them through critical analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of intent and meaning? Do the new Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts simply provide permission to dabble in these uncharted waters, or are we, in fact, mandated to develop new and innovative ways to reach our students?

Designed to bring together Arizona’s arts education community for a full day of professional development, this year’s Joint Arts Education Conference focuses on connecting and responding to 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.

Keynote Speaker

Deron Hall has developed and implemented multi-million dollar initiatives & programs executed by schools, community centers, community development corporations, major orchestras, and others. He has spearheaded partnerships with various top-tier universities and arts organizations to forge shared value across many metrics.

As a Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Cincinnati, he studied replicable and sustainable intervention programs for at-risk youth which led to the cultivation of various education programs within area organizations. He was featured on the front page of the Cincinnati Enquirer sparking the conversation “Can Music Rescue a Life” stemming from his work as the Executive Director of COR Music Project, a Music Teacher Fellowship serving nearly 1000 students each school day.

He has presented on behalf of the United States Department of State International Visitors Leadership Program with Community Arts Center Directors from Dakar, Senegal, Africa, and with prominent arts executives from Baghdad, Iraq representing the Ministry of Culture, University of Baghdad, and the Iraqi National Symphony. A lifelong learner, he holds a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and and Executive Diploma in Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania.

He currently serves as the Director of Partnerships and Operations for the Memphis Music Initiative where he drives operational and organizational excellence through leading the comprehensive operations strategy, securing global partnerships, developing and cultivating grantees, and driving the performance management processes.


Deron Hall
Director of Partnerships and Operations
Memphis Music Initiative: Empowering Youth through Music

Conference Materials

Conference Program

2016 Conference Program

Breakout Session Materials

Artistic Literacy and the New Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts

ADE Artistic Literacy For All
OMA Assessment Planning Page: The Planets – Jacob Landi
OMA Assessment Planning Page: Multiplication Torn Collage – Trista Tamura
OMA Lesson Plan: The Planets – Jacob Landi
OMA Lesson Plan: Multiplication Torn Collage – Trista Tamura


7:30 – 8:30am
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30am
Morning Keynote and Panel

The morning keynote and panel is sponsored by Arizona Citizens for the Arts and the SP3 Initiative, and is open to the general public. For more information and breakfast forum only registration, visit http://azcitizensforthearts.org/equity-access-forum/

Keynote Speaker: Deron Hall


Dr. Deborah Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer, ASU Preparatory Academy

Dr. Michael Kelley, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Arizona State University

Jaclyn Roessel, Public Programs and Education Director, Heard Museum

Alex Tuchi, Youth Artist, Rising Youth Theatre

Paula Alvarado, Youth Artist, Rising Youth Theatre

9:30 – 10:00am
Coffee Break and Networking Opportunity

10:00 – 11:15am
Breakout Block A

11:30am – 12:30pm

12:45 – 2:00pm
Breakout Block B

2:15 – 3:30pm
Breakout Block C

3:45 – 5:00pm
Breakout Block D

Presenting Partners

Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Department of Education and Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture


Hosted by
Herberger Theater Center