The Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project
The Arts & Higher Education: Building Creative Partnerships And Assessing Program Impacts Conference
April 10th-11th, 2014
Bernard M. Baruch College
The William & Anita Newman Conference Center
151 East 25th Street, Room 750
New York, NY 10010
Free and open to the public
COMPLETE SCHEDULE HERE.
The conference explores the benefits and obstacles of providing more participation with the arts for college students, faculty and their academic communities. Arts and cultural organizations are continually exploring ways to engage the public, in particular, younger audiences who are the next generation of patrons and supporters of the arts. Both communities – higher education and the arts – share a common goal; to enrich and expand student arts engagement, as illustrated by dynamic collaborations between colleges/universities and arts organizations, such as museums and theatre companies. There is a growing awareness that exposure to the arts, particularly for students from lower income families, helps students develop character, leadership skills, an appreciation of cultural competence and diversity, as well as a sense of self, empathy, creativity, ethical values, and social responsibility.
The 2014 Conference brings together professionals from the arts, cultural institutions, and higher education to share ideas and develop strategies for empowering students through innovative programs that engage the arts. The two-day conference will be organized around four themes.
I. Increasing Faculty and Student Engagement and Participation: How can arts and educational institutions collaborate to provide meaningful experiences for faculty and students that change their understanding of themselves and the communities they live in? What are the current barriers, as well as incentives, for faculty to increase the role of the arts in college curricula?
II. Financing and Supporting Collaborative Partnerships: What are the benefits of higher education and arts institutions partnerships? What are the costs, measured in terms of staff commitment and dollars, required of each partner to make the collaboration work? What narratives are effective in attracting external support for these efforts from foundations, government agencies, and corporate and individual donors?
III. Effective Communication Strategies: How can institutional partners promote and share ideas and experiences to increase student engagement with the arts, e.g. through open source websites such as www.AHEAD21.org and smarthistory.khanacademy.org? What are effective communication strategies for changing the cultural and current paradigm for incorporating the arts into students' educational experiences?
IV. Assessing Impact on Academic Communities and Art Institutions: How do we evaluate collaborative programs to assess impact? What metrics do we use to measure outcomes? Is the investment of time, money and creative energy worth the results?
For Additional Information Or To RSVP For The Conference Please Email BaruchRubinProject@baruch.cuny.edu