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Conferences and Workshops

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Arts in Corrections: Building Bridges to the Future
California Lawyers for the Arts
Los Angeles, CA
Date: 06-26-2017 thru 06-30-2017
Early Registration: 05-08-2017
California Lawyers for the Arts, in association with the William James Association and Loyola Marymount University, will present this national conference June 26-30 at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.

Pre-conference meetings for artists working in California state prisons and in federal correctional institutions will be held on Monday, June 26th at LMU.

Loyola Marymount University, a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, is located a short distance from Los Angeles International Airport.

This conference will provide critically needed opportunities for professional development and support for artists and arts organizations that teach art classes in correctional facilities. In addition to plenary panels and workshops on best practices for teaching in institutions of all levels, this conference will provide information about re-entry programs, evaluation and documentation, legislative updates, restorative justice, academic issues, and perspectives from different state art councils. Topics will also include building public awareness, enhancing programmatic sustainability, and next steps for a national support organization for artists who work in corrections.

New this year will be sequential art classes with master artists with years of teaching experience in various disciplines and diverse institutions. Confirmed registrants will receive a separate packet in advance to sign up for these two-part classes.

Confirmed registrants will receive a separate detailed information package by May 15th to sign up for classes with master artists on campus.

2017 ACSO Annual Conference
Omni Los Angeles Hotel
Date: 07-20-2017 thru 07-22-2017
Early Registration: 05-15-2017
The 2017 ACSO Annual Conference registration is now open and the website contains information about breakout sessions, networking opportunities, special events, and much more. Don't forget to keep checking back as we continue to finalize new sessions and speakers.

The ACSO Annual Conference centers around the field's needs and is in response to industry challenges and trends for more than 300 attendees.

Professional development topics are centered around orchestra management fundamentals, including marketing, fundraising, governance, planning, and finance, as well as issues facing our communities, like cultural diversity, policy, and advocacy.

This year, the Annual Conference is hosted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) in conjunction with the National Take a Stand Symposium, which brings together leaders, teachers, researchers, and key stakeholders from around the world with a vested interest in the El Sistema movement and progressive practices in music education. Registration to the ACSO Annual Conference gets you access to the National Take a Stand Symposium - two convenings for the price of one!

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-A (DIDC-A)
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 07-31-2017 thru 08-04-2017
DIDC-A is a comprehensive overview of standards-based dance education across age levels. Content covers: structuring discrete lessons aligned with the National Core Arts Standards, integrating dance into curricula, understanding dance elements (H'Doubler and Laban), child development theory, role of the teacher and instructional methods. Invigorate your teaching and learning with DIDC-A this summer.

Curricular Progressions
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 08-07-2017 thru 08-11-2017
The most advanced curriculum course offered in arts education, Curricular Progressions explores the meaning of full scope and sequence in dance learning. Participants will investigate the progression of dance learning from unit to unit and year to year. They will study regional, state and national benchmarks for dance learning and develop their own curricular sequence that takes into account student growth and development as well as cross-curricular topic curriculum design. Students deepen their skills of observation, reflection and assessment as they explore issues such as teaching students with multilevel experience and preparation, school "performance" pressures, teaching expertise and competition for time and space. This course is mandatory for LDI certification. Prerequisite DICDC-B. $525, includes Assessment Course. Meets college/university professional standards. Offered August 7-11, 2017 with two follow-up Saturdays in January & May 2018.

Developing & Implementing Dance Curricula-B (DIDC-B)
LUNA Dance Institute
Berkeley, CA
Date: 08-29-2017 thru 12-05-2017
Continuing where DIDC-A leaves off, this course investigates the role of the teacher in creating, implementing and sequencing standards-based dance curricula in relevant and authentic ways. Participants learn a process for moving students from exploration through improvisation to composition in a manner that allows for maximum exploration, problem posing and solving, and choice making. In the process, they deepen their understanding of the elements of dance and forming. Course content includes choreographic devices, the principles of design, forms, contemporary learning theories, including constructivism. This course is mandatory for LDI certification. Prerequisite DIDC-A. $525. Meets college/university professional standards. DIDC-B offered as a semester-length course Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm in August 29-December 5, 2017.

Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference
Date: 08-03-2018
Early Registration: 06-30-2017
The 28th annual Mendocino Coast Writers' Conference (MCWC 2017) will be held from August 3 to August 5 at the Mendocino Middle School in Mendocino, California. MCWC 2017 promises to be a vibrant gathering, offering morning workshops in a wide range of genres and relevant to differing experience levels-from a dedicated emerging writers' workshop to a juried-in master class. Afternoons are packed with craft seminars, pitch panels, one-on-one consultations, and open mics; and every evening offers an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie and connection that make this conference, in the words of a 2016 participant, "life changing."

MCWC 2017 faculty will include John W. Evans, Shara McCallum, Michael Lukas, Jody Gehrman, Kat Meads, Lewis Buzbee, and Lisa Locascio. April Eberhardt, Elizabeth Kracht, and Jessica Sinsheimer will be the agents participating. Editor Hilary Lawson and book marketer Ann Edwards from HarperOne will lead a one-day, stand-alone or add-on publishing bootcamp on Sunday, August 6. And our keynote speaker will be Michael Krasny: author, scholar, professor of English and American literature, award-winning broadcast journalist, and since 1993, the host of KQED/NPR's "Forum with Michael Krasny."

Registration opens March 1. The registration fee, which includes most meals, is $575 before June 30 and $625 thereafter. One-on-one manuscript consultations are available for an additional $60. Participation in the post-conference publishing bootcamp is $150. Deep discounts are available at area hotels, and a wide range of scholarships is offered (application deadline May 15). General registration is first come, first served. Visit for more information or contact our registrar, Barbara Lee, at 707. 485.4031 or