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Arts Integration At the Houston Arts Partners Conference

Event organizers explain how “The Arts Fuel Innovation” is the basis for the Houston Arts Partners Conference.

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The 5th annual Houston Arts Partners Conference is this weekend at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“The Arts Fuel Innovation” is the basis for the conference, and the idea of “arts integration” is a vital aspect to its organizers and participants, particularly in the field of education. However, that does not limit the attendees entirely to education.

“I would say most of the attendees are teachers, campus educators, administrators, district leaders, but we want to emphasize that the conference is open to everybody. You don’t need to be a specialist in any of these fields to get something out of the conference, and one of the long-term overarching goals of the Houston Arts Partners coalition is to get the public in general invested in the value of arts education,” says Conference Coordinator Troy Scheid of Young Audiences of Houston.

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The Houston Arts Partners Conference takes place at the Museum of Fine Arts.
The concept of “arts integration” is not completely universal yet, and Conference Co-Chair Craig Hauschildt of Da Camera says that is what the conference aims for.

“I think when a lot of people think of arts education it’s learning in the arts: it’s in your band class, it’s in your choir, in your orchestra, in the theatre, on the dance floor, at the easel. And what arts integration does … it’s taking these art forms to the core foundation subjects: English, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies … and using that art form to expand knowledge, to test understanding … there’s a big cultural push for testing, and there are ways to check understanding in other ways besides tests,” he said.

The Houston Arts Partners Conference begins at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Friday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and continues on Saturday, September 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

More information about the conference, including ticket information, a schedule and a list of keynote speakers can be found on the conference's website.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

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Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on HPM Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews for Houston...

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