2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Social Justice Music Education

Broadmoor Hall F

André Solomon
Creative Generation, Manager, Community Learning

André Solomon (he/him/his) is a native of Massachusetts currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by way of Syracuse, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Flute from Syracuse University and a Masters of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. With both degrees, André hopes to enforce social justice through the arts with the belief that the arts are a necessary component of human development. 

As a biracial individual navigating the arts world, both as an artist and arts manager, he desires to cultivate opportunities for BIPOC to visualize representation and actualize their dreams. While in Pittsburgh, André has had the pleasure of co-directing Make Music PGH since 2019 and working as the Manager of Programs for Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council aiding peer networks and Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives.

Jeff M. Poulin
Creative Generation, Managing Director

Jeff M. Poulin (he/him/his) is an American scholar, non-profit administrator, and social entrepreneur whose work is grounded in social justice and seeks transformative local solutions to global complex challenges.

In 2019, Jeff founded Creative Generation, which works to inspire, connect, and amplify the work of young creatives who catalyze social change and those committed to cultivating their creativity.  In this role he leads a team which produced global messaging campaigns, creates unique learning environments, conducts original research, and supports people and projects working at the intersection of arts/culture, education, and social change. He serves as the Principal Investigator for the Institute for Creative Social Transformation, lead Facilitator for the Academy of Creative Leadership, host of the Why Change? podcast, and Executive Editor of the Campaign for a Creative Generation and the Creative Generation Journal.

With over a decade of experience as a performer, teaching artist, education researcher, and arts administrator, he previously led a national program, where he worked to advance local, state, and federal policies supportive of equitable access to arts education throughout the United States. Jeff is a tap dancer by trade and continues to mentor young dancers in the U.S. and in the U.K.

Jeff is widely published, serves as a reviewer for grant and research panels, and speaks to audiences across the country and around the globe. Currently, he is on the faculties of arts management at American University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and earned degrees in arts management, cultural policy, and education at Oklahoma City University, University College Dublin, and the University of Glasgow. 

As the country reckons with injustice, educators, especially arts educators, possess one of the greatest tools to help young people understand and take action towards social justice. Based on two years of pedagogical research on the intersection of social justice and arts education, join Creative Generation for a hands-on session to integrate the National Core Arts Standards for music with the Teaching for Justice’s social justice education standards. The workshop will culminate with music educators crafting their own conception of an integrated music education/social justice lesson plan.

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