Regional Arts Education Day 2011
The Intersection of Science & the Arts: Critical Components of a Comprehensive Education
On October 10th, the Arts Education Collaborative convened the tenth annual Regional Arts Education Day at South Fayette High School. Regional Arts Education Day 2011 provided an opportunity for educators, administrators, artists, cultural organizations, and policy makers in Southwestern Pennsylvania to come together in order to gain a better understanding of how the arts and sciences are critical components of a comprehensive education.
This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Mae Jemison. Dr. Jemison’s remarkable life, in addition to being a doctor, engineer, academic, entrepreneur, and dancer, includes six years with NASA as an astronaut during which she became the first woman of color in the world to go into space. Dr. Jemison resigned from NASA in 1993 and founded The Jemison Group, Inc., a technology and consulting firm to consider socio-cultural impacts when designing technologies. In her book Find Where the Wind Goes, Jemison writes about growing up on the south side of Chicago, cultivating her aspirations to be a scientist and professional dancer, her experiences as a medical student in Africa, and her history-making journey into space.
Goals for the Day:
Highlight the rich learning and teaching that occurs through strengthening collaboration between the arts and sciences across the curriculum.
Inspire educators from multiple disciplinary backgrounds and administrators to take steps towards experimentation with the integration of subjects in their schools.
Showcase regional initiatives from arts & cultural organizations, along with higher education entities, that demonstrate cross-disciplinary learning and problem-solving.