Reminder: Conference: The Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Exchange Conference (Toronto)

18 02 2011

Canadian Stage and the Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education invite you to attend:

The Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Exchange Conference:


Saturday February 19, 2011
8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (Jane Mallet Theatre)
27 Front Street East, Toronto

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this exciting one-day conference bringing together artist educators, organizational staff, curriculum specialists, teachers, community partners, funders, policy-makers and program participants from across the GTA to exchange ideas, theories and skills that will enhance their arts education practice in communities and schools and explore ways to ensure that EVERYONE CAN PLAY.

Register NOW! (click here) (Please enter February 19, 2011 in Event Dates)

The Exchange Conference features a selection of specialized sessions offered by the region’s top facilitators including Pat Quigley, Ruth Howard, Melody Johnson, Bea Pizano, Varrick Grimes, Jan Stirling-Twist, Jo Hunter, and Eddy Robinson. Conference attendees will choose from the following participatory and topical sessions:

  • *OLD WISE & WILLING, facilitating arts-based workshops with seniors
  • *ABORIGINAL DOWNTOWN, insight into aboriginal life in an urban context
  • *CAPICHE?! working in a language that is not your own
  • *30 GAMES IN 60 SECONDS, break the ice with activities that will heat any group up
  • *ACCESS FOR ALL AGES, facilitating inter-generational workshops
  • *THE BIGGER THE BETTER, directing large-scale plays with participants of various abilities
  • *ART SMART, creative communication for students with mental health barriers
  • *NEXT IN LINE, mentorship and how to make sure things carry on once you’ve gone
  • *YES AND… improvise an hour away and fill your back pocket with fun on demand
  • *INVOLVING A MILLION STUDENTS, how one UK organization had the whole country singing
  • *SPEAK THE ELEVATOR SPEECH, learn to promote yourself in under 30 seconds
  • *GAY AND PROUD, evaluate your queer sensitivity and the importance of inclusive language
  • *THE COMMUNITY ARTS MYTH, a snapshot of the history of this practice and how it looks today
  • *TINY TOT TALENT, creative ways to play with little people ages 0 to 3

We are pleased to present acclaimed and award-winning keynote speaker Jennifer Kolari, offering an inspiring and active session on making immediate connections with collaborators, participants and often-hard-to reach youth.

Jennifer Kolari is a therapist who has been helping children, teens and families get connected for 20 years. Jennifer published her first book in 2009 with Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada. She has appeared in magazines such as Today’s Parent and Canadian Family, and on Canada AM, Breakfast Television, and CBC’s Steven and Chris. Her insightful strategies, shared with warmth and humour make her a highly sought-after speaker with schools, organizations and agencies throughout North America. Jennifer spent several years counseling children, teens and parents for the Toronto District School Board and serving as a field supervisor for the University of Toronto faculty of Social Work. Before that she was a family therapist at Integra, a children’s mental health centre in Toronto.

The conference will culminate with the launch of the Artist Educator Online Database created in partnership with Casting Workbook. Conference participants will have the opportunity to register for this industry service throughout the day.

The conference fee is $25 and includes lunch. There is limited enrollment.

To sign up, follow this link and enter the date of the conference in Event Dates. (February 19th, 2011)”

(There is still space available, you can also call the box office at: 416-368-3110)

– submitted by Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Education and Audience Development Coordinator, Canadian Stage



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