ArtsNOW Principals’ Network Conference Explored UnchARTed Arts Integration Opportunities
ArtsNOW was honored to host our second annual Principals' Network Conference, February 8-9, 2024, at Embassy Suites Downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The conference provided an excellent opportunity for principals in all stages of the arts integration journey to network with colleagues, learn from other principals and leaders, and hear about opportunities for their schools. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Thursday, February 8, began with a kick-off network reception for all attendees, followed by a full day of conference sessions February 8. Director of Arts Education Partnership Jamie Kasper provided opening comments to set the stage. The remainder of the day consisted of breakout sessions facilitated by principals and ArtsNOW team members, as well as an opportunity to speak with representatives from partner organizations from both Georgia and South Carolina. David A. Dik, National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, provided reflective closing remarks.
Over 50 administrators and educational leaders attended the conference. Thirty-six schools and 18 districts from South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama were represented. Representatives from Arts Grow SC, South Carolina Arts Commission, ABC, A+ Schools of North Carolina, and Executive Directors from Arts Education Partnership and Young Audiences Arts for Learning attended.
Every attendee strongly agreed that the conference experience was "useful and worth my time."
Here are some comments that principals shared with us:
"This was exactly what my heart needed. I now know that I'm not alone on this journey. So many resources and people to network with. The facility/venue is like a hallmark movie – just simply beautiful!"
"Very informative and motivating."
"I loved the SEL session grounding activity. We will implement this immediately. I enjoyed year two! Thank you for pouring into leaders. The cup-filling activity filled my cup!"
"Excellent conference! The level of kindness and generosity shown by ArtsNOW is phenomenal. I am blessed to be a part of ArtsNOW!"
"Great balance of policy and practice – no recommendations!"
"Wonderful, as usual!"
Stay tuned for dates and information for the ArtsNOW Principals' Network Conference in Winter 2025.