2021 SC Arts Higher Education Forum Schedule

All on-demand and live session recordings will only be available through Insight! A Collaborative Virtual Conference

  • If you are not already registered for Insight! through your professional membership in a SC arts education association, please register for the SC Arts Higher Education Forum.
  • The schedule below contains embedded Zoom links to Live sessions (does not require registration but access may be delayed as non-registered guests are verified before admitted into the session).

10:00 am – Noon
South Carolina Arts in Education (SC AiE) Advisory Council 

The SC AiE Advisory Council provides valuable, diverse perspectives to ABC Institute leadership on issues, concerns, challenges, and opportunities that may influence and impact arts education and learning opportunities in and through the arts in South Carolina.

This year, the SC AiE Advisory Council  meeting serves as the opening session for the SC Arts Higher Education Forum.  The meeting agenda is as follows

10:00 – 10:10 am
Welcome Address and Introductions

Kim Wilson, Director
Arts in Basic Curriculum Project

10:10 – 11:00 am
Hope and Engagement: Learning From the Past to Inform Present and Future Classrooms (recording)
Hope and engagement sound like nice ideas, but not necessarily priorities for schools, especially considering all the challenges currently competing for attention. Thanks to our participation in the Gallup survey, however, we have learned that building hope and engagement is critical to arts education. Join the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in a conversation exploring how strategic focus on so-called “soft skills” can significantly impact school culture.

Jennifer Thomas, Dean
Carol Baker, Director of Outreach and Community Engagement
South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities

11:00 – 11:30 am
Think Tank Session: (break out discussions)
What is the future of Arts Education?

      • What opportunities in online, hybrid and virtual learning should we continue to consider for the future?
      • What implications of online, hybrid and virtual learning have on future art education programs?

11:30 – Noon
State Partner Updates

G.P. McLeer, Director
South Carolina Arts Alliance

David Platts, Director
South Carolina Arts Commission

Gary Seaboldt, Visual and Performing Arts Education Associate
South Carolina Department of  Education


Noon – 1:00pm
Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:50 pm (Live)
Survive or Strive; Prevailing Reflections of the Past Year
Every aspect of life, including education has been profoundly affected by the events of 2020. The pandemic impacted the financial stability of our institutions, disrupted and altered instruction, and brought to light the inequities of access that continue to exist. The Black Lives Matter movement brought to light the systematic biases that our students of color continue to overcome. Finally, the lingering and long-term challenges of social distancing and hybrid/virtual instruction to arts education programs.

Moderator: Kelly Hall
Indira Bailey, Assistant Professor of Art Education
Department of Art
Claflin University

Erica Kupinski, Assistant Professor of Music Education
Department of Music
Coastal Carolina University

Glenn, Seale, Dean
Film, Media, and Visual Arts Division
Trident Technical College

Meredith Simms, Associate Professor of Dance Education
School of Visual and Performing Arts
Coker University

2:00 – 2:50 pm (Live)
Cultivating Creativity Amidst Chaos
According to the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, creative-thinking is a desired skill to be taught within our classrooms. However, pre-pandemic research has found teachers (even arts teachers) struggle to implement creativity development in the classroom. Panelists will discuss how the challenges of 2020 have influenced their own professional creativity, new-found ways to nurture student creativity, and not-so-new strategies that continue to develop creativity within standards-based curriculums.

Moderator: Kim Wilson
Tracey Hunter-Doniger, Associate Professor of Creativity/Creative Arts in Education
Department of Teacher Education
College of Charleston

Peter Duffy, Associate Professor and Head of MAT Program
Department of Theatre and Dance
University of South Carolina

Alison Leonard, Associate Professor of Arts and Creativity
College of Education
Clemson University

2:00 – 3:00 pm (Live)
Perspectives on Community-based Arts Education: Youth Engagement in Times of Crisis
A special presentation from the SC Arts Commission Community Arts Development department

Moderator: Susan DuPlessis, Community Arts Development Director
SC Arts Commission

Dixie Goswami, Co-Founder of
The Breadloaf Teacher Network

Kayla Hyatt-Hostettler
Aiken Maven, The Art of Community: Rural SC
English Teacher
Aiken High School

Bobby Harley
Blackville, Barnwell County native
Creative Mentor, The Art of Community: Rural SC
History Teacher
Julius L. Chambers High School, Charlotte, NC

3:00 – 3:50 pm
Student Experiences that Shape Future Educators (in progress!)
The student panel will consist of art education majors and/or recent graduates (within the last 3 years) from art education programs to discuss their art education experiences as K-12 students and their ideas and hopes as a future/novice arts educator.

Moderator: Kim Wilson
Tentative participation from:
Charlotte Class, Anderson University
DelShaun Talley-Bowens, Limestone University
Rachel Stansell, University of South Carolina
Stacey Walden ’19, Winthrop University

4:00 – 4:45 pm
Networking and Next Steps
Closing remarks followed by an open invitation to discuss the day’s content, insights and inspirations, and contemplate next steps.
Moderator: Kim Wilson


How to Adapt and Grow in 2020
Terry Roberts, Professor of Music
Department of Music
Francis Marion University

Performance of Caring
Libby Ricardo, Assistant Professor of Theater
Department of English, Theater
Program Coordinator
Interdisciplinary Studies Program
University of South Carolina Beaufort

2020-21 Supply and Demand Report:Impact to Arts Education
Jennifer Garrett, Coordinator of Research & Program Evaluation
Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement

Accounting for the Arts: Recent education research in South Carolina arts-rich schools
Kim Wilson, Director
Arts in Basic Curriculum Project

Discovering connections between high-quality arts programs and school success in South Carolina
Ashlee Lewis, Research Associate Professor
Research, Evaluation, and Research Center
University of South Carolina





Event Details

Date & Time

10:00 am - 4:45pm
January 22


Online Event

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