Arts in Education

Arts in Education News & Events

Perennial Programs


AIE Cabaret: Once or twice a semester, we gather in the Eliot-Lyman Room for a joyful and sometimes rambunctious evening of performances--including (but not limited to) song, dance, video, poetry, prose, comedy, and puppetry.

Project Zero at the Harvard Art Museums: Once a year arts educators from Project Zero, including PZ director Shari Tishman, lead AIE students and others in museum-learning exercises at the Sackler Museum (while the Fogg Museum undergoes renovations that are scheduled to be finished in 2014).                          

EduPedia: AIE students present before the core program class (and subsequently publish on the course website) findings from their collective, small-group research projects on influential arts educators and arts-education programs.

Continuing the Conversation: In late October of 2013, thanks to the ambitious efforts of an active AIE alumni community, we will host the third in an ongoing series of biennial weekend-long professional development conferences for arts educators on the HGSE campus.

HONK! Pedagogy Symposium: We host this day-long symposium in HGSE's Gutman Conference Center following the annual HONK! Festival that takes place over an October weekend in the streets of Somerville and Cambridge.

AIE Works: Each year in one of the gallery spaces in the recently renovated Gutman Library, we display a selection of visual art work--along with visual testimony to arts-education work--by AIE students, including photographs, paintings, drawings, framed writings, and--space allowing--three-dimensional works. 

AIE Advisory Council Banquet: Each fall semester several members of the AIE program's advisory council, arts educators and advocates for cultural organizations in Boston and elsewhere, come to the HGSE campus to meet current AIE students and offer help in making career connections.

Arts for All: Toward the end of the year AIE students present fully developed proposals for a variety of arts-education initiatives to an audience of their peers and a mock board of funders that includes AIE director Steve Seidel and the core program course's three teaching fellows.

Project Zero Artists-in-Residence Program: In an effort to provide students more opportunities for involvement with Project Zero endeavors (beyond those afforded by a few work-study jobs and a wide variety of courses taught by PZ researchers), we have begun to enlist a few AIE students each year to work on artistic interpretations of PZ research.

Recent Guests


Kimberly Dawson
The 2009 AIE grad, former programming director for ZUMIX community arts center in East Boston and current director of school programming for Young Audiences of Massachusetts, speaks to the AIE cohort about the community arts project, Allston/Brighton ArtsBridge, that she cofounded during her year in the AIE program with classmates Angélica Allende Brisk, Maura Tighe Gattuso, and Vicki Hayes-Wepler.

Jack Megan and Jill Johnson
The director of the Harvard University Office for the Arts and the director of the Harvard Dance Program visit the core AIE course to discuss the implications of the report on Harvard's Task Force on the Arts (718KB pdf).

Wynton Marsalis
The influential jazz musician and educator from Jazz at Lincoln Center joins HSGE faculty Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Richard Weissbourd, and Karen Mapp, Harvard Law School professor Lani Guinier, and Harvard Divinity School professor Diane Moore in a panel discussion of Educating for Moral Agency and Engaged Citizenship, after an introduction by AIE director Steve Seidel.

Lauren Elmore
The HGSE doctoral candidate and AIE teaching fellow presents a guest lecture on her research into the history of Robert Brustein's innovative theater programming at Yale in the late 1960s.

Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth
Tunstall, the author of Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music, speaks about El Sistema, the innovative music-education program founded by Venezuelan economist José Abreu, and its implications for arts-education advocacy.

Shari Tishman and Edward Clapp
The AIE cohort discusses the 2008 Project Zero publication, The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education (509KB pdf), with co-author Steve Seidel, HGSE doctoral candidate and Q of Q staff researcher Edward Clapp, and co-author Shari Tishman, director of Project Zero.

Frank Maugieri
The artistic director of Red Moon Theater visits AIE at the invitation of current student (and Red Moon colleague) Angie Tillges to speak about the "spectacle" work of the company.

Cassius Johnson
The policy advisor and analyst for Jobs for the Future in Washington, D.C., and Boston speaks to the AIE cohort about his work in arts education policy and advocacy.

Andrea Sachdeva
The 2007 AIE program alumna, former teaching fellow for the AIE core course, and co-founder of the AIE alumni networking project Continuing the Conversation presents a guest lecture on her work as international director of evaluation and curriculum for the ArtScience Prize.

Stephanie Riven
The former director of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, now serving as a consultant on arts funding and a member of the AIE Advisory Council, speaks to the AIE cohort about the "habits of mind" necessary to effective advocacy.

Howard Gardner
The author of Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Five Minds for the Future, and other books, a long-time faculty member of HGSE and former co-director of Project Zero, discusses the ongoing debates about the intrinsic value of arts education and the relationship between arts learning and academic achievement.

Marinell Rousmanier and Afton Cotton
The director of the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative and the 2012 AIE grad who works as community partnerships coordinator for the Initiative discuss the effort to expand arts programming in the Boston schools within the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks (1906KB pdf).

Jessica Hoffmann Davis
The founding former director of the HGSE Arts in Education program talks about her book, Why Our High Schools Need the Arts, in Gutman Library's Distinguished Authors Series.

Doris Sommer 
The director of Harvard's Cultural Agents initiative leads AIE students and others in artistic PRE-text Workshop exercises designed to encourage literacy and good citizenship in young learners.

Paul Kuttner
The HGSE doctoral candidate, a board member of the Harvard Educational Review and a former teaching fellow for the core AIE courses, discusses his research on community arts organizing.

Edward Clapp
The HGSE doctoral student, AIE teaching fellow, and Harvard Educational Review board member discusses the results of his work as editor of 20 Under 40: Re-inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century.

Yo-Yo Ma 
Cellist and educator Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble visit the core AIE course to discuss the development and performance of new music and multimedia pieces in their work as cultural educators.

Simon Hayhoe 
British scholar Simon Hayhoe, from the London School of Economics, asks, “Is Belief More Important Than Perception to Blind Students Studying Fine Art?” in his discussion of visual art and blindness and research he has been conducting at the Perkins School for the Blind and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  

Junko Kayashige
Japanese artist Junko Kayasige, survivor of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, discusses her family’s experience of that event and leads a tour of her related exhibition of paintings in HGSE’s Gutman Library. 

Faith Ringgold, David Adjaye, and Ellen Baxter
Artist-educator Faith Ringgold, architect David Adjaye, and Broadway Housing Communities executive director Ellen Baxter discuss the creation of a children’s education center and children’s museum on the ground floor of a newly designed apartment building for low-income residents of Harlem’s historic Sugar Hill district — introduced by AIE director Steve Seidel for an Askwith Education Forum. 

Rae Cayetano Jr.
The founder of Inks of Truth, a San Francisco-based project for young artists, talks about the organization’s incorporation of spoken word, acrylic painting, street art, and photography in the community centers, cafes, and vacant spaces of San Francisco’s Sixth Street neighborhood.

Elise Gallinot
The program director of KIDsmART, a nonprofit organization in New Orleans, talks with AIE students about arts integration — the theory and practice of linking the arts with existing academic curriculum. 

Liz Lerman
Founder of Washington, D.C.'s Dance Exchange, recipient of a MacArthur Award, and Harvard Dance Program faculty member for the fall semester (2011), Liz Lerman, speaks about her work in arts integration, partnership, and collaboration, and leads AIE students in a series of interpretive dance adventures.

Please see the archive of the previous activities in the AIE Program.

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