UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) will host its third national Arts & Education Forum: Arts @ the Core of 21st Century Learning at The Chattanoogan Conference Center on May 14-15.

“We live in an increasingly complex, globalized, media-saturated society. Education is being reinvented to meet the needs of our ever-changing 21st Century world. Students have to be able to function, create, and communicate personally, socially, economically, and politically in local, national, and international venues. Schools must subsequently develop an interdisciplinary culture of inquiry where teachers and students work independently and collaboratively, employing critical thinking and multiple intelligences for imaginative problem solving,” said Kim Wheetley, SCEA Executive Director and Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in Arts Education.

The Forum will examine how artistic concepts and processes can be illuminated and propagated for more creative and meaningful instruction throughout the curriculum. Analyzing, imagining, questioning, and reflecting, participants will experience, explore, and discuss the influence the arts can have on 21st Century competencies, and conversely the impact of integrated teaching and learning on arts education. Twenty-four dynamic sessions will focus on artistry, collaboration, communication, creativity, design, empathy, integration, literacies, metacognition, play, and synthesis.

Details about the schedule and a registration form are available on the Southeast Center website. The $195 registration fee includes two continental breakfasts and two buffet luncheons.

Participants, including 42 presenters, will represent 43 organizations from 15 states and Trinidad and Tobago. National organizations include the College Board, Crayola, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Local institutions include the Creative Discovery Museum and Hunter Museum, Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Also featured are teachers and students from Barger Academy, Battle Academy, Normal Park Museum Magnet Upper School, and Chattanooga Girls Choir.

The Forum is conducted in collaboration with the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Education, Arts & Culture with partial funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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