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Plenary Speaker and Panel Facilitator

Dr. Colleen Sears is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Music Education at The College of New Jersey where she founded the Institute for Social Justice in the Arts. Her research focuses on issues of equity and access in music education. She recently authored a book chapter entitled, “Put Your Big Girl Panties On: A Female Band Director’s Career in a Culture of Masculinity” which appears in Marginalized Voices in Music Education. Her current projects challenge students and educators in collegiate and K-12 settings to engage with issues of social justice through music performance and interdisciplinary aesthetic experiences. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The College of New Jersey, a Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music and a Doctor of Education in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Kim Pearson is an associate professor of journalism at The College of New Jersey and a board member of To Be Fair, Inc., a nonprofit organization developing the Tarbell solutions journalism platform. Her work focuses on broadening participation in computational journalism and building civic media platforms. Her research has attracted support from Microsoft Research, the National Science Foundation and the New Jersey Council of the Humanities. In 2,000, she was selected as New Jersey Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support for Education. Her current project is Trenton Makes Music ( , which documents the out-sized contributions of artists from New Jersey's capital city to the nation's popular music history. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Dr. Nicholas McBride maintains an active career as a teacher educator, researcher and conductor. He is Assistant Professor of Music Education at The College of New Jersey where he teaches various courses in music education and conducts the TCNJ College Choir. McBride is a contributing author to the texts Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Choir and Planning Instruction in Music, both by GIA Chicago, and has published scholarly articles in the Music Educators Journal and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. His research agenda focuses on teacher education, music teacher identity, LGBTQ issues in music education, and gender in the music classroom. He earned a Doctorate and Masters in Music & Music Education from Columbia University – Teachers College, a dual Masters with honors in both Choral Conducting and Music Education from Northwestern University, and a Bachelors in Music Education magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College.

Liliana Attar is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the founder and director of Creative Bridges Institute a "New Jersey State Winner of a National Civic Star Award Program".  Liliana has worked with numerous organizations and school districts, providing carefully crafted programs that value the students’ culture(s), encourage awareness, appreciation and respect for different cultures and backgrounds. She uses performing arts as a potent instrument for Cultural Competency and Language Instruction. This is Liliana’s fifth year as a mentor & coach for the New Jersey Cultural Competency and English Language Learner Learning Institute/Mentoring Program at Thomas Edison State University. Liliana was educated in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has over 38 years of experience working with children, teachers and families. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education. In 2014, Liliana received the Young Audiences’ Artist of the Year Award and in 2016 the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education Distinguished Service Award.

Mark Wong, also known as Metal, is a Hip Hop dance educator and teaching artist from Philadelphia and co-founder of Hip Hop Fundamentals. He has facilitated dancing in many varying demographics across the United States including numerous professional development sessions for Educators and administrators. He believes that true Hip Hop is inclusive and open to all. 

The 2014 Connect Arts Education Conference took place on

 Wednesday, September 17 - Thursday, September 18, 2014

at the newly renovated Grounds for Sculpture Sewa rd Johnson Center for the Arts
18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619

CONNECT with your colleagues and some of New Jersey's most influential Arts Education Leaders for two days of dynamic presentations, interactive workshops and art making opportunities. Make connections, renew your practice and learn new skills.


6.5 minute PowerPoint 
Presentations on topics


The History of Book Arts
Art for Social Transformation
Dynamic Presentations for
  Residency Interviews
Incorporating STEAM 
Using Metaphors to Teach
and more!


Philip Alexander, Ph.D., 
Director of the NY State Alliance for Arts Education, will draw on research in education & neuroscience to demonstrate how authentic arts experiences develop and reinforce key cognitive and behavioral skills. Using a variety of interactive examples, he connects research to improve practice & connect to the Common Core


Join us for a free drink 
during our networking 
hour Wednesday at 5pm


            MAKERSPACES                            WALK-IN SALON

Hands-on art making workshops:
Ukranian Egg Painting
Book Arts
Recycled Cities
Drawing from Nature  


  Open forums designed by you for you! What issues are important to you? 
Share your ideas or art work.


    Map & Directions to Grounds for Sculpture by car or train


    September 18-19, 2013

    Click Here for Highlights of the Conference 



    February 21 & 22, 2012

    at the Arts Council of Princeton

     Interested in the field of creative aging? Want to learn how the arts can engage older adults through life review, reminiscence and personal story? And help advance a national curriculum for arts programming directed to seniors and their caregivers?

     On the evening of Tuesday, February 21st and all day on Wednesday on February 22nd, the Arts Council of Princeton will be one of only three sites in the US to present this training for teaching artists in arts & aging in its 2012 pilot phase. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and organized by the National Center for Creative Aging, the 2012 NCCA Arts & Aging Core Training aims to impart the use of life stories by artists when working with older adults and their caregivers. A follow-up session will take place on Wednesday, April 4th, to review post-training experiences. Please see attached document for more details.

      A public lecture by Susan Perlstein, founder of the National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts, kicks off the training on Tuesday evening, February 21st. The lecture is free but registration is required. Please contact Andrea Honoré at , or 609-924-8777 to register for the public lecture.

     The training itself will take place on Wednesday, February 22nd. There is limited space in the training sessions, so preference will be given to artists who are currently working with seniors, are professionally trained as artists, and who have substantial teaching experience.

    A letter of support from a senior center, residential facility, or organization serving seniors where you work should accompany your application, which can be found on the website of the Arts Council of Princeton:, under “Call for Artists.” Applications to attend the NCCA Art & Aging Core Training for Teaching Artists are due by January 15, 2012.


    CR E AT E 365

         Teaching Artist Conference  

    SEPTEMBER 13 & 14, 2011

    at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ 

       Keynote Speaker -Noah Scalin   

       Activist, Artist and Author of  

    365: A Creativity Journal:

      Make Something Everyday and Change Your Life

     This 2-day event included panel discussions, presentations, group discussions, hands-on workshops, reflection time and networking opportunities.

      Click on   LINK to see a video with images from CREATE 365 

    Click on LINK to download a copy of the



    Creative Resource Sharing During the Recession


    Thursday October 15th
    9:30AM – 1:00pm
    Registration, coffee and networking 9:00AM – 9:30AM

    Grounds for Sculpture,
    Seward Johnson Center for the Arts
    Hamilton, NJ

    Executive directors, education directors and other key administrators of arts education, cultural and service organizations, and teaching artists, among others, are invited to participate in a day dedicated to proactive creative thinking and collaboration!

    Listen, learn from, share and discuss with your colleagues in the field about organizational mergers, shared staffing and shared space and material resources among many possible ideas. YOU and other participants determine the breakout topics in a World Café and then Open Meeting Format. The goal is for each attendee to leave with at least one new idea, resource and/or collaboration to bring back to their organization.

    This session is FREE (Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided)

    Many thanks to Grounds for Sculpture for graciously hosting this event.



    TEACHERESE 101: 

    Education Jargon for Teaching Artists 

    What are they talking about?? 

    In this three-hour, interactive training you will hear about and have a chance to discuss:

    ·       20 Education Acronyms ·   Current Curriculum Structures and Topics  · Bloom's Taxonomy  · NJAEC's 10 Commandments for Teaching Artists ·  Differentiated Instruction ·       Navigating the Teacher's Room and Befriending the Custodian! ? ? and more!

    Participants will have the opportunity to work with others in small group discussions during the workshop. You will leave the session with a working knowledge of Teacherese and with a packet of handouts related to the workshop topics.   

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    1:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

    14 Maple Avenue, 4th Floor

    Morristown, NJ 07962-1239


    Many thanks to the Dodge Foundation for generously hosting this event.