ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education

Greetings

Message from the Dean

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Hello and welcome to our spring Arts Better the Lives of Everyone (ABLE) Assembly: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education hosted by the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs. This event is designed to convene and share--to advance the dialog, inspire, educate, and engage.


We all know the arts change lives for those who make art as well as those who experience the artistic expressions of others. We also know that during challenging times like the present, the arts provide a vehicle for personal expression, emotional release, and comfort like no other. Simply said, music, theater, dance, and visual art improve the quality of life for everyone.


The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs focuses on the possible for students and teachers (i.e., It strives to transform persons with special needs through music, dance, and theater, and empower those who teach and guide them with evolving and expanding frameworks, resources, and networks). This ABLE Assembly illustrates our tireless commitment to this serious and creative work and to providing opportunity for meaningful engagement to move it forward. It’s our pleasure tohave you join us! 


I offer hearty congratulations and appreciation to Dr. Rhoda Bernard, Managing Director, and the full BIAESN team for your outstanding work to make this event possible. Wishing you a wonderful ABLE Assembly!

Be well.
Best,


Darla S. Hanley, PhD
Dean, Professional Education Division


Message from the Chair

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Welcome to ABLE Assembly 2021, presented by the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs. All of the members of the Music Education Department hope that the uniqueness of the programming provided assistS you in acquiring the best in professional development as you continue your quest in teaching all types of dynamic music learners in numerous settings and diverse environments. We are happy you are attending this event and look forward to your participation.


Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D., has spent many hours planning these experiences, and we hope that each meets your expectation. The ABLE Assembly 2021 is your opportunity to explore, collaborate, and network. As you share your ideas, more opportunities are created for the learners you serve.


Welcome, keep an open mind, create dialogue, and strive to find out how arts education bettersthe lives of everyone. The Music Education Department is serious about arts education, and we strive to broaden the scope of how we teach music.


Welcome to Berklee - Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee,
and to our ABLE Assembly.


Sincerely,


Cecil Adderley, Ph.D.
Chair, Music Education Department
Berklee College of Music


Message from the Managing Director

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Welcome, colleagues, to the 2021 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference. I am delighted that you are joining us for this annual Arts Education and Special Needs conference, now in its ninth year. As many of you know, the COVID-19 pandemic required us to reschedule and reimagine the 2020 ABLE Assembly, and we held a highly successful event in October, 2020. Discussion among the attendees during that conference illuminated the need for more conversations and presentations centered around issues of intersectionality. We have therefore chosen to center the 2021 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference around the theme of Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education. We have also launched a new Digital Learning Series on teaching strategies and approaches in arts education for people with disabilities.

Over two half-days, the conference will bring together artists, arts educators, administrators, researchers, students, family members, policymakers, and scholars from all over the world to share in a varied program of synchronous keynotes by luminaries in the field, asynchronous recorded performances by musicians with disabilities, and asynchronous recorded break-out sessions. We are extremely pleased that the sessions at the 2021 ABLE Assembly address issues of intersectionality from the perspective of a variety of art forms and a large number of disabilities and diagnoses. 

I am very much looking forward to the rich conversations and interactions that we will have over these two days. Creating space for people to engage in powerful dialogue has been a hallmark of the ABLE Assembly over the years, and we are excited to do so in our online format. The synchronous keynotes, day-ending synthesis sessions, and networking time will provide us with opportunities to engage with each other and to make meaningful connections.

From May 2021 through April 2022, our new Digital Learning Series will provide opportunities to learn about and experience a wide range of teaching strategies and approaches in arts education for people with disabilities. As attendees of the 2021 ABLE Assembly Conference, you will have access to those sessions, both synchronously and asynchronously. Look for emails announcing the sessions very soon. 

The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs is dedicated to providing powerful professional development to support individuals who work in and/or care about the new and growing field of Arts Education and Special Needs. To that end, in addition to the ABLE Assembly, we also offer a number of other professional development opportunities and resources, including first-of-their-kind graduate programs in Music Education and Autism. You can learn more about all of our work at our website, www.berklee.edu/biaesn

Here at the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs we believe that Arts Better the Lives of Everyone. We know that you agree. 

Enjoy the conference!

 

Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D.

Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

Berklee College of Music