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Announcing This Year's Keynote Speakers and Honorees

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Sep 23, 2014

This year's keynote speakers and honorees at the Conference for Community Arts Education are leaders in the movement to ensure equitable access to arts and culture. These individuals will transform the way you think of your work and leadership, and provide you with inspiration and new ideas for catalyzing positive change in your community through arts education.

Keynote Speakers

Ron Chew, Principal, Chew Communications, Seattle, WA
Opening Plenary, Thursday, November 20

In a thought-provoking keynote address that weaves in personal stories about the power of storytelling, ethnic identity and his own discovery of the arts, Ron Chew---known for his instrumental role in turning around the struggling Wing Luke Museum into a culturally thriving and financially viable institution--discusses five key things that can transform organizations into powerful agents for neighborhood transformation and social change.

Kevin Kirkpatrick, Senior Executive Vice President/Principal, Metropolitan Group, Chicago, IL
Plenary, Friday, November 21 

The value of the arts in our lives and educations has been well documented. Yet, arts programs are often the first to be cut and the last to be restored (if ever...). In this dynamic keynote, Kevin Kilpatrick will share a new strategy to build public will for the arts as a core component of our everyday lives, from how its framed to who needs to be engaged to make it a reality. 
 
Honorees
 
2014 National Guild Leadership Award
Annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, November 22
 
Maria Rosario Jackson is the recipient of the 2014 National Guild Leadership Award and an expert in the fields of urban planning, comprehensive community revitalization, and arts and culture. Her passionate articulation of arts and culture as critical elements of quality of life and the development of identity, especially for low-income communities, has been extremely important to our field. 
 
2014 National Guild Service Award
Annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, November 22
 
Margie Johnson Reese is the recipient of the 2014 National Guild Service Award for her lifelong dedication to increasing young people's access to arts learning opportunities, both in and out of school; powerful advocacy and action for equity and diversity; commitment to mentoring future leaders as a faculty member for the National Guild's Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI); and invaluable contributions as VP for Programs at Big Thought in Dallas.
 

Pictured Above: (Left to right) Ron Chew, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Maria Rosario Jackson, Margie Reese

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