Create Conference

TN Art Comm Reception4Our annual arts integration conference, Create2014, was held at L & N STEM Academy in Knoxville, Tenn. from Monday, June 23 to Thursday, June 26, 2014. This year’s conference theme was Full STEAM Ahead, illustrating the importance of teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – plus the Arts.

The mission of the Create conference is reflected in the Arts360 program, developed by the Tennessee Arts Commission, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and currently being piloted by four Knox County public schools. The program came about as a part of the Value Plus Schools Initiative, which seeks to emphasize the importance of arts integration in education. Arts360 brings teachers full circle, as learners, collaborators, facilitators and reflectors, in order to improve instruction and student achievement through the use of arts integration.

The opening reception was held Monday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Opening remarks were by Tim Burchett, Mayor of Knox County, as well as Senator Doug Overbey; David Butler, Executive Director, Knoxville Museum of Art; Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent, Knox County Schools; and Jamie Woodson, President, SCORE.

Learn more about our keynote, Dr. David Sousa.

Learn more about the sessions, Create2014 Program.

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