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The bi-annual Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC), which brings together Arizona’s teaching artists, educators, arts administrators and advocates, is Monday, Oct. 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe.

This year’s conference will focus on how to move from traditional skills-based instruction in the arts to new teaching models suggested by the revised Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts that require students to apply analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of intent and meaning as they explore the arts and their artistic work.

The conference is presented by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Arizona Department of Education and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

The morning keynote speaker, Deron Hall, Director of Partnerships and Operations at Memphis Music Initiative, will also participate in a panel discussion sponsored by Arizona Citizens for the Arts.

The conference format this year will allow attendees to rotate through all breakout sessions, which include: Artistic Literacy and the New Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts, Common Language, Cultural Competency and Youth-Driven Engagement.

Early registration rate (through Sept. 20) is $95 and $120 beginning Sept. 21.  Student and intern registration (through Oct. 17) is $75.