Schedule

Sessions in bold will be offered with simultaneous French/English interpretations.

Wednesday October 18

4:00 – 6:00 pm Join us for a free pre-conference event (choose either English or French) to enjoy a session of professional development and get on Canada’s map of arts and learning. Register for the English or French sessions here.
6:00 – 8:00 pm Join us at the beautiful Wabano Centre for a time of networking and cultural appreciation. Take part in a tour of the Wabano Centre to learn more about the rich history of the region, while enjoying beautiful performances from artists representing diverse backgrounds. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

Thursday October 19

8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Greeting & opening remarks
Mapping Arts and Learning across Ontario Presentation and Discussion
Presentation on Transformative Action on Arts Education
Rhonda DoxtatorRhonda DoxtatorRhonda Doxtator is from the Oneida nation of Southern Ontario. Her name is Kawisaha which means "She is Carrying Ice" and is from the turtle clan. Rhonda has been a pow wow dancer for 30 years and her passion lies within the cultural arts of dancing and singing and regalia making. Rhonda spends a lot of her time travelling to various native communities to teach dance and regalia making to the youth. As a mother of two, Rhonda feels its important to share knowledge and promote cultural awareness for the betterment of future generations.
, Hoop Dancer and Artist-Educator
9:50 am Key Note Address by
Susan AglukarkSusan AglukarkNunavut’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter, Susan calls herself the accidental artist. Susan grew up in Arviat, Nunavut and with “no musical orthodoxy” to draw from, Susan’s early years were spent learning as she was headlining.
Susan’s early writing (The Arctic Rose-1992) was a series of songs drawn from the thing she had left, a life of uncertainty. The past 25 years and the following 7 albums has seen Susan set on a path of personal discoveries, cultural reconnections and personal healing, a very different path than the one she imagined when she left her home. In her singing/songwriting career, Susan is most proud about reaching a place in her life where she knows she is right where she belongs, singing/songwriting and falling in love with creating.
Susan has garnered 3 Juno awards, received The Order of Canada in 2005 and most recently was awarded the Governor Generals Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (June-2016).
Susan has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney, Nelson Mandela, Billy Graham and The Countess Of Wessex.
Susan is founder and chair of the Arctic Rose Foundation and is an Advisor on the Collateral Damage Project.
(followed by questions)
10:20 am Networking Break
10:40 am Artistic performance by
Just Jamaal the PoetJamaal Jackson Rogers; stage name Just Jamaal the Poet, is an award winning Poet Laureate, arts educator, social engagement officer, and recording/performance artist. In the last 6 years he has brought his work to audiences nationally and abroad, his defining moments are when he makes intimate connections with his participants during workshops and performance sets. His topics range from emotional maturity to world issues, from parenting to the human condition. He is a father of five and resides in Ottawa, Canada, using the capital and his performance studio, THE ORIGIN ARTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE as his launch pad to teach, mentor and advocate for the arts.
, Spoken Word artist and Artist-Educator
11:00 am Panel discussion: Transformative Action on Arts Education: The importance of diversity in sustaining and building the case for arts education
Moderator: Professor Emeritus
Larry O'FarrellLarry O' Farrell is Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education and UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning at Queen's University, Canada. He is Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Network for Arts and Learning. Larry has served as Chair, Steering Committee, International Network for Research in Arts Education, President, International Drama/Theatre and Education Association, and Honorary Professor, Hong Kong University of Education. Larry is widely published and has presented keynote addresses, academic papers and professional workshops in 30 countries on 6 continents. As General Rapporteur for the 2nd UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education (Seoul, Korea, 2010) he authored The Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education which was unanimously endorsed by the General Conference of UNESCO. His research interests include creativity and intercultural understanding through drama/theatre, singing and arts education. Larry is a recipient of the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
, Chair, The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning
Panelists: 
Sébastien GoupilSebastien GoupilMr. Goupil joined the federal public service in 2002 and has dedicated most of his career to cultural and social policy development. He comes to the Commission from his role as Acting Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada at Library and Archives Canada.
Prior to this, he was the first male to sit on the executive committee of Status of Women Canada, where he led policy and external relations. He was instrumental in strengthening Canada’s approach to gender mainstreaming.
He has served as Director of Policy and Governance in Portfolio Affairs at the Department of Canadian Heritage, and in senior advisor roles, including at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
, Secretary General, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Dr. Ben BoldenBen BoldenDr. Benjamin Bolden, music educator and composer, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Canada. His research interests include arts education assessment, creativity, arts-based research methodologies, the learning and teaching of composing, community music, Web 2.0 technologies in education, teacher knowledge, and teachers’ professional learning. As a teacher, Ben has worked with pre-school, elementary, secondary, and university students in Canada, England, and Taiwan. Ben was editor of the Canadian Music Educator, journal of the Canadian Music Educators’ Association/L’Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs, from 2007-2014. Ben is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre and his compositions have been performed by a variety of professional and amateur performing ensembles. In 2016 he won the Choral Canada Competition for Choral Writing. In December 2016, following his nomination and appointment by Queen’s University, UNESCO approved Ben as the new UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning. Ben is the proud father of three rascally boys.
, UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning
Dr. Yujin HongDr. Yujin HongYujin Hong has been conducting policy research to establish the policies of arts and culture education as leading manager of policy research team at Korea Arts & Culture Education Service(KACES) under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. She received her Ph.D. in cultural sociology(cultural policy) from Ewha Womans University and worked on various projects on cultural contents industry policy at Korea Creative Content Agency(KOCCA) as prior experience. Currently, she is conducting researches and forums to establish policies and strategies for the quality growth of arts and culture education at KACES.
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Hyejin YangHyejin YangHyejin Yang is a staff at the Korea Arts and Culture Education Service (KACES) managing International exchange/relations. She has experience in ODA project, network building and various International events in arts education field. She currently runs International Arts Education Workshop series. She holds a BFA/BA in Language and Culture, an MA in International Area Studies (American Studies). She believes in value and power of arts and learning and is interested in sustainable development in creative arts education and its partnerships.
, Korean Arts and Culture Education Service
Parallel Session
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Discussion groups - Confer with your peers and arts and learning stakeholders, as you rotate through expert-led topic tables on the importance and sustainability of arts education
1:25 pm Artistic Performance by
Kuljit SodhiKuljit Sodhi is the creator and leader of the successful world music ensemble Galitcha. Galitcha is a visionary ensemble that performs original compositions based on Indian folk music, combined with influences from jazz, world and North American folk. In addition to playing music for the past fifteen years Kuljit has been a dance teacher and conducts dance workshops of traditional east Indian folk and Bollywood styles.
Bollywood Dancer and Artist-Educator
1:45 pm Panel discussion: Sharing our collective learning and understanding
Moderator: Danika Billie Littlechild, Vice President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Panelists:
Katie GreenKatie Green is the Program Director of Mikw Chiyâm and is known for bridging the gap between artistic and educational worlds through designing and implementing alternative learning programs that encourage collaboration between students, teachers, administrators and professional artists. Katie’s current role as Program Director for Mikw Chiyâm capitalizes on her previous experience as artist, educator, community curator and administrator, promoting the development of sustainable, community-driven programming.
, Program Director at Mikw Chiyâm
Mervi Maarit SaloMervi Salo is the Centrally Assigned Vice-Principal of Indigenous Education in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). She is a mixed Finnish / Sápmelaš / Mi'gmewa'j educator, who has over 25 years of experience in a variety of roles. She has been an Arts Educator including developing a TDSB specialized program called CyberARTS, Education Officer for the Arts with the Ontario Ministry of Education, Arts Instructional Leader with the TDSB. She is former Co-President of the Ontario Art Education Association, and was involved in various provincial and Ministry projects (e.g., Curriculum Services Canada Arts webcasts). She has also been an Visual Arts and Media Arts AQ instructor at York University and University of Toronto. She was also a Canadian representative at the second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education in Korea. She was part of Canadian Network for Arts and Learning since its inception, in Kingston, when the Framework for Action was passed, and also at the symposium in Toronto, when the CNAL was founded.
, Centrally Assigned VP, Indigenous Education, TDSB
Dr.
Clara HowittDr. Howitt has been an educator and leader for over 20 years. She has been a classroom teacher, school Principal, system Program leader and Superintendent of Education throughout her career. During the last decade Dr. Howitt has been in service as a Superintendent responsible for Curriculum and Program K-12 as well as Leadership Development. Dr. Howitt has a particular interest and knowledge of change theory, program evaluation, educational policy and leadership development.
, Superintendent of education, Greater Essex County District School Board
Tanya SenkTanya Senk is a Métis/Cree/Saulteaux educator, artist and scholar. She has been working in the Toronto District School Board for two decades. During this time she has been a classroom teacher, a course director at York University, in the Faculty of Education, both at the Urban Diversity and Regent Park program sites, an Instructional Leader, Program Coordinator and Central Coordinating Vice-Principal in Indigenous Education. She is currently the Centrally Assigned Principal for Indigenous Education with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, TDSB. While seconded at York University she also worked on a collaborative three year research project with SCEE (School and Community Engaged Education Project), a partnership between York’s Faculty of Education through YCEC, the Toronto District School Board and the Indigenous Education Centre. Tanya holds a B.F.A. 4 year Specialized Honours in Visual Arts/Studio, a B.Ed., an Interdisciplinary Masters (Arts/Education) with a focus on Indigenous Arts as Pedagogy, as well as an Honours Specialist in Visual Arts AQ. As a PhD candidate at York University, Urban Indigenous Education, her research interests include Indigenous Arts and knowledge(s) in Institutions of Public Education, Museums and Galleries, Decolonizing and Indigenizing Arts Education, Professional Learning and Teacher Education.
She has written academically and reviewed with publishers such as Pearson, Goodminds, Nelson, Emond Montgomery, ETFO, Pembroke and Canadian Diversity – on Indigenous Education and the Arts. Tanya has worked collaboratively on many projects with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in schools and community that have taken on multi-disciplinary/media approaches. Recent collaborative projects include, Nishnabek Debwewin - An Indigenous Digital Storytelling Project, a SSHRC Funded Knowledge Mobilization Project by Dr. Susan Dion, Dr. Carla Rice, Tanya Senk and Hannah Fowlie, TDSB AEC, York University and the University of Guelph, 2017. York University, Guelph University REDLAB, screened at York University, Guelph University, Brock University, Chicago Art Institute, 2014 – 2016. In 2013, Kinoomaage-Asin: Teaching Rock ( HD Video 5min - Co-writer, Conception) was an official selection at the imagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival, Toronto and an official selection at The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum’s 13th Annual Native Film Fest 2014; In Between, a digital story was presented at John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, 2013. Katipâmsôchik, a digital story, Istanbul University, Turkey, 2013.
, Centrally Assigned Principal, Indigenous Eduation, TDSB
2:40 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm Parallel Sessions
5:00 pm End of Day One
6:30 – 10:00 pm Awards Dinner and Performances (separate ticket)

Friday October 20

8:30 am Registration (for single day participants)
9:00 am Artistic Performance -
Bboyizm Dance Company and “Crazy Smooth”Yvon SogloDancing since 1997, Crazy Smooth is one of Canada’s top street dancers, performers, choreographers, instructors, judges, and community leaders. He is the founder and artistic director of Bboyizm, an award-winning street-dance company that has been instrumental in the preservation and proliferation of street dance in Canada and internationally. He was the first b-boy to obtain a Canada Council grant to hone his art and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Diamond Jubilee Award (2012), the Urban Dance Generation Choréart Trophy (2008), the Most Valuable B-boy Award at Kings of New York (2006), and the Absolute Canadian B-boy Award at Cypher North (2005). cities and events throughout North America and Europe. In 2004, Smooth founded Bboyizm and the company has successfully brought authentic street dance into the professional theatre setting. Three of his full length creations— The Evolution of B-boying, IZM, and Music Creates Opportunity—have toured throughout Canada. The company has been nominated for a Dora award (2012), and won both the Atlantic Presenters Association Touring Performers of the Year Award (2013) and the Ontario Presenters Network Emerging Touring Artist of the Year (2012).
, Street Dancer and Artist-Educator
9:15 am Keynote Address by
Bob RaeBob Rae & Arlene Perly RaeTHE HONOURABLE BOB RAE, PC CC O.ONT QC was elected eleven times to the House of Commonsand the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013. He was Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.
He is working now as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues.He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy, and is a widely respected writer and commentator.
An author of five books and many studies and reports, Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.
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Arlene Perly RaeBob Rae & Arlene Perly RaeArlene Perly Rae is a journalist, author and patron of the arts. She is a champion for children – their literacy, mental health, well-being at all ages as well as Aboriginal issues and women’s rights.
(followed by Q & A)
10:00 am Plenary:
Learning from Indigenous Artists and ArtThis workshop focuses on how to use Visual and Media Arts to engage participants in furthering their understanding of Indigenous perspectives. Participants will look at representation through the four R’s framework: respect; reciprocity; relevance; and responsibility, (Verna Kirkness), and will share how teachers are expanding their personal knowledge to facilitate inquiry-based learning within Visual and Media Arts. Links will be made to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the AGO the ROM and others.
     by
Tanya SenkTanya Senk is a Métis/Cree/Saulteaux educator, artist and scholar. She has been working in the Toronto District School Board for two decades. During this time she has been a classroom teacher, a course director at York University, in the Faculty of Education, both at the Urban Diversity and Regent Park program sites, an Instructional Leader, Program Coordinator and Central Coordinating Vice-Principal in Indigenous Education. She is currently the Centrally Assigned Principal for Indigenous Education with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, TDSB. While seconded at York University she also worked on a collaborative three year research project with SCEE (School and Community Engaged Education Project), a partnership between York’s Faculty of Education through YCEC, the Toronto District School Board and the Indigenous Education Centre. Tanya holds a B.F.A. 4 year Specialized Honours in Visual Arts/Studio, a B.Ed., an Interdisciplinary Masters (Arts/Education) with a focus on Indigenous Arts as Pedagogy, as well as an Honours Specialist in Visual Arts AQ. As a PhD candidate at York University, Urban Indigenous Education, her research interests include Indigenous Arts and knowledge(s) in Institutions of Public Education, Museums and Galleries, Decolonizing and Indigenizing Arts Education, Professional Learning and Teacher Education.
She has written academically and reviewed with publishers such as Pearson, Goodminds, Nelson, Emond Montgomery, ETFO, Pembroke and Canadian Diversity – on Indigenous Education and the Arts. Tanya has worked collaboratively on many projects with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in schools and community that have taken on multi-disciplinary/media approaches. Recent collaborative projects include, Nishnabek Debwewin - An Indigenous Digital Storytelling Project, a SSHRC Funded Knowledge Mobilization Project by Dr. Susan Dion, Dr. Carla Rice, Tanya Senk and Hannah Fowlie, TDSB AEC, York University and the University of Guelph, 2017. York University, Guelph University REDLAB, screened at York University, Guelph University, Brock University, Chicago Art Institute, 2014 – 2016. In 2013, Kinoomaage-Asin: Teaching Rock ( HD Video 5min - Co-writer, Conception) was an official selection at the imagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival, Toronto and an official selection at The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum’s 13th Annual Native Film Fest 2014; In Between, a digital story was presented at John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, 2013. Katipâmsôchik, a digital story, Istanbul University, Turkey, 2013.
and Mervi Maarit Salo
10:30 am Plenary:
The Music Circle Project: A Collaborative Music Making ExperienceThe Music Circle project is a program developed collaboratively between the National Arts Centre and Lotus Centre for Special Music Education with the objective of providing a multi-modal music making experience for individuals with special needs. Since the program's inception, partnerships have been created with many community organizations to provide access to adapted music education, including special needs classrooms and adult recreational organizations. The program includes both workshops and concerts that are adapted for the learning and sensory needs of people with exceptionalities of all ages. Topics discussed will include how the project has adapted to community needs, challenges in program development, and next steps that will be taken to continue to increase capacity.
     by
Erin ParkesDr. Erin Parkes founded the Lotus Centre for Special Music Education in 2012 to provide adapted music education programs for students of all ages with exceptionalities. Dr. Parkes completed her PhD in music education from McGill University in 2015, where her research focused on training studio music teachers in educating students with autism spectrum disorder. At Lotus Centre, Dr. Parkes continues to teach students of all abilities and increase capacity through teacher training and research into best practices in special music education.
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Sophie Reussner-PazurSOPHIE REUSSNER-PAZUR joined the National Arts Centre (NAC)’s Music Education Department in 2015 as the Music Education Associate of Youth Programs and Community Engagement. Her main responsibilities include promoting and administering local school and community outreach activities including the Music Circle Workshop series for developmentally challenged youth and adults, NAC Orchestra student matinee concerts, Open Rehearsals, the Musical Adventures in My School program, chamber concerts in long-term care facilities, and TUNETOWN pre-concert activities, to name a few.
Sophie holds a B.A in Business Administration from her native France, and a B.A. in Education from the University of Ottawa. Prior to working at the NAC, Sophie was a supply teacher for four years in several English and French school boards in Ontario. Additionally, she coordinated in-school multi-disciplinary artists’ residencies for an arts and education organization in Ottawa. Sophie currently plays the bassoon with the Kanata Symphony Orchestra and enjoys learning the piano.
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Kelly RacicotKELLY RACICOT is the Education Officer of Youth Programs and Digital Learning at Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC). She currently manages the overall planning and production of the youth programs and community engagement events in Music Education, most notably the NAC Orchestra’s TD Family Adventures, Student Matinees, and KinderNACO concert series. As part of the NAC Music Education team, she and her colleagues manage over 40 local, national and international programs that engage young audiences, artists, and teachers, as well as adult learners and community organizations. Collectively, these programs reach close to one million individuals in person and on-line each year.
Kelly completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music and Performing Arts Administration at the University of Ottawa in 2005. Upon graduation, she joined the National Arts Centre Music Education Department in the capacity of office administrator for the Summer Music Institute (Young Artists Program), an internationally- renowned artist training program for exceptionally talented classically trained young musicians. She was later promoted to the position of Music Education Associate of Schools and Community Programs in 2007 and to her current role of Education Officer in 2016.
Prior to joining the National Arts Centre, Kelly owned a private music studio specializing in piano and flute performance. For over ten years, she was a performer at various special events in Ottawa, including for the House of Commons of Canada at the Parliament Buildings.
11:00 am Networking Break
11:15 am Parallel & Poster Sessions
12:45 pm Rapporteur Summary
1:00 pm Closing Keynote Address
1:15 pm Close of Conference
 
Program subject to change
 
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