Leadership Network for Accessible Arts Education
Re-Imagining Equity in Arts Education Through Learning, Listening, Collaboration and Action [Word-Art Design by S.Joyal]
Alt Text for the Image:
A language-based graphic in orange, yellow, and purple in the shape of a circle that includes the following words: Action, Art, Beat, Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence, Body Side, Brain Dance, Brave, Breath, Color, Connect, Core Distal, Create, Cross Lateral, Cross Lateral, Culturally Responsive, Dance, Disability, Dynamics, Energy, Engage, Form, Harmony, Head, Line, Lower, Music, Melody, Meter, Mood, Naturalist Intelligence, Perform, Pitch, Plot, Present, Produce, Respond, Role, Rhythm, Shape, Significance, Social-Emotional Learning, Space, Spacial-Visual Intelligence, Tail, Theater, Think, Tension, Texture, Time, Timeline Touch, Universal Design for Learning, Upper, Value, Vestibular, and Visual Art. This graphic was designed by Suzanne Joyal as a way to record the brainstorming exercise that she and Elise Sobol developed together for their 2023 ABLE Assembly Conference presentation on the Arts Make Education More Accessible for ALL.
The Leadership Network for Accessible Arts Education (LNAAE) is a professional learning network composed of educators, artists, and activists from across the globe who meet online to further their own learning and share resources. Gatherings include meetings focused on general network topics as well as learning sessions that highlight a particular presenter and topic, such as presentations by artists and educators with disabilities and those working with people with disabilities, reports from specialists in the field, first-person accounts of the role of the arts in education, and more. All are welcome!
The Leadership Network for Accessible Arts Education is proud to be part of the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education. The network was originally formed by Dr.Rhoda Bernard, managing director of the Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education. Network events are organized and managed by a steering committee of members who serve one-year terms and are appointed by Dr. Bernard.
The 2023-24 Steering Committee:
Suzanne Joyal, M.A.
Elise Sobol, Ed.D.
Krishna Washburn, M.Ed.
Mission: The Leadership Network for Accessible Arts Education is a welcoming community of educators, artists, and activists committed to disrupting ableist practices and re-imagining equity in arts education through continuous learning, listening, collaboration, and action.
Vision: The Leadership Network for Accessible Arts Education aims to deconstruct ableism in arts education by supporting artists and educators through connection, resource sharing, and lifelong learning that centers artists and educators with disabilities.
Values: As a group we are guided by:
- Ensuring accessibility
- Creating high-quality arts and arts education experiences across ages and art forms
- Ingraining accessibility in artistic approaches to high-quality programming
- Centering first-person accounts
- Collectively learning and growing
Tuesday, September 19, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ET - guest speaker Jenna Gabriel
Monday, November 13, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ET - guest speaker Akini A. Gill
Thursday, January 18, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 28, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, May 30, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ET
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Check out some resources from previous meetings and learning sessions!
Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People: a disability justice primer based on the work of Patty Berne and Sins Invalid.