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Future of Education #5: Supporting Creativity and the Arts in Education

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The Future of Education #5: Supporting Creativity and the Arts in Education

The relative lack of STEM graduates in the U.S. is frequently cited as a threat to the country’s global standing. However, recently there has been a growing concern from the “other side” — arts, humanities, and social science advocates - on the lack of support for what many would argue are pillars for creativity and innovation. At a time when support for STEM education gets a lion’s share of airtime, this panel will bring together experts to discuss the role of the arts in education.

Our panel of innovative educators and leaders will share how they are encouraging creativity among K-12 students and incorporating the arts into the school day. They’ll discuss how creativity contributes to student development in several areas, including communications skills, critical thinking skills, and learning about other cultures and ideas. Panelists will analyze the challenges of adding creative programs into various school environments and share the impact creative programs have had in local communities.

This is the fifth Future of Education event in a series aimed at fostering discussion, accelerating connection, and elevating the conversation around the future of education.

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{Drinks and snacks will be provided!}


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6:30-7:00pm Doors open, Arrive
7:00-8:30pm Activity, Panel Discussion, Q&A
8:30pm Closing & Networking

Our Panelists Include:

Jessica Wilt, Founder, ArtsEdTech (

Jessica Wilt is founder of ArtsEdTechNYC (, a platform for artists, educators, techies and entrepreneurs. A professional tap dancer by trade, Jessica also is a passionate arts educator and advocate, writer and communications consultant. She enjoys contributing stories for the Huffington Post and the Clyde Fitch Report. Jessica is a VOICE Charter School Board Trustee and acting Chair of the Arts Education Council with Americans for the Arts where she is a guest ARTSblog contributor. You can follow her on Twitter @JessicaLWilt and @ArtsEdTechNYC.

Adarsh Alphons, Founder & Executive Director, Project Art (

Adarsh founded Project Art ( in 2011 because he truly believes art saves lives. Expelled from school when he was seven years old for underperforming in academics, his parents put him in a different school. By the time he was fifteen, he was painting portraits for Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and the Pope, all because one art teacher perceived his passion for art, encouraged his aptitude and believed in him. Art opened new doors and helped him work through setbacks as a young adult. He hopes to do the same for the millions of children and youth that do not have even the most basic access to the arts in the US. Through its unique public library partnerships model, ProjectArt aims to bring the program to life through offering free art classes to youth on a large scale. Currently they have 7 branches. By the end of next year, their goal is to hold programs in approximately 26 public library branches in the city. With that, over a 1,000 children and youth will be attending ProjectArt's free art class in NYC's public libraries on a weekly basis.

Ron Link, Principal, Theatre Arts Production Company School (

Ron Link is the Principal of Theatre Arts Production Company School ( (TAPCO), a Middle/High School in the Tremont area of the Bronx. Ron envisions schools of the future where teachers meld the arts and technology to help students realize their creative, academic, economic, and world citizen potential. Ron's past work in refractive surgery education has been featured in the New York Times, on 20/20 & WebMD. As a member of the technology group of the NYC Writing Project, Ron has been a guest on the weekly podcast Teacher Teaching Teachers. Most recently, Ron received the 2012 Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) Award, which honors the work of educators who make outstanding contributions to urban education.

Karina Lynch-Graham, Arts and Education Director, Educational Alliance (

Karina Lynch-Graham is a Program Director for The Education Alliance (, a 125-year-old community-based organization. In her most recent role, Karina directed the after school arts and education program at P.S.142 and her program is known for her original works and theater performed by students. The Educational Alliance After Three Program at P.S.142 is an arts and education program that serves children in grades k-5 at P.S. 142. The program offers classes in theater, dance, visual arts, photography, homework help, and STEM based learning activities. All of the student’s work is showcased in culminating events such as plays, art exhibitions and performance festivals throughout the year. Karina has over fifteen years of leadership roles within arts and education program direction at several major institutions.

Event Organizers:

Knewton ( & Be Social Change (

The Future of Education Series is a collaboration between Knewton ( and Be Social Change ( aimed at fostering discussion, accelerating connection, and elevating the conversation around the future of education. The series will explore alternative routes to learning, shifting educational paradigms, adaptive learning platforms, and the institutions and individuals who are addressing education innovation along the learning continuum.

What does education look like going forward? How do we improve access? How do we work around, break through, or work with the current system as we know it? Who are great teachers and what have they learned along the way? How do we prepare and inspire students? Teachers, parents, students, administrators, education enthusiasts, visionaries, and entrepreneurs are invited to discuss and debate the future of education. Please contact us with any questions you have at (