Thank you for coming to our 10th Annual Center Institute:

“What’s Now? What’s Next? Arts in the 21st Century!”

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Day 1 – photos by John Videler

Day 2 – photos by Annielly Camargo

October 9 and 10, 2014

Registration is now full! 

The 10th annual Center Institute will provide educators with the time, space, and support to imagine innovative possibilities for their classrooms, schools, and communities.

When: October 9 and 10, 2014

Where: Boston Arts Academy, 174 Ipswich St., Boston, MA 02215

Who:  Educators and administrators of grades 5-12, district level professionals and graduate students.

What:  Experience BAA’s unique culture and pedagogy. Engage with students and faculty through classroom observations, discussions, and panels. Participate in intensive workshops exploring innovation, vision and purpose in Arts Education and STEAM Education.

Participants will be able to focus on assessment, curriculum-building, advocacy and authenticity in the Arts and/or STEAM strands. Presenters include accomplished Arts and STEAM educators who will provide attendees with inspiring learning experiences and the opportunity to collaboratively create cutting edge curricula.

Click here to see the program of events!


We are excited to announce our keynote presenters

Erik Demaine, Professor, MIT

Martin Demaine, Artist-in-Residence, MIT

Featured guests include:

Click on each guest’s name to see their bio and workshop description (if applicable) 



Cedric Douglasthe Uptruck
Jose Luis Martinez, Arnold Worldwide
Matt Wilson, MassCreative
Cathy YoungBoston Conservatory

Workshop presenters:

John ADEkoje, Boston Arts Academy
Kyle Browne, Lesley University
Gene Diaz, Lesley University
Donna Dragon, Bridgewater State University
Dave Jamrog, Boston Arts Academy
Deborah Klotz, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Robert LeyenBoston Arts Academy
Christina Marin, Emerson University
Bethany Nelson, Emerson University



John ADEkojeBoston Arts Academy
Arthur Eisenkraft, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Tess Mandell, Boston Arts Academy
Xiao XiaoMIT Media Lab

Workshop presenters:

Nettrice Gaskins, Boston Arts Academy
Brian Gravel, Tufts University
Eulogio Guzman, Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Wilhelmina Peragine, VSA Massachusetts, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Arthur PetronMIT Media Lab
Ann RoseberyChèche Konnen Center, TERC
Cassandra Wallace, Boston Arts Academy
Beth Warren, Chèche Konnen Center, TERC
Xiao Xiao, MIT Media Lab



Thursday Oct 9
What’s Now?

Experience Arts instruction at Boston Arts Academy and tour the school’s new STEAM Lab, the first of its kind in an urban public arts high school.

8:00 – 8:30 Registration and breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 Introduction and welcome
9:00 – 2:30 Open House at BAA with classroom observations and student tours
11:40 – 12:20 Panel with BAA faculty and students, Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 Master classes with BAA students (limited space available)
– Kyle Abraham, choreographer; MacArthur Fellow; sponsored by World Music/CRASHArts
– Rhoda Rosenberg, printmaker; faculty, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
2:30 – 4 On and off-site activities:
– Exhibition opening and guided gallery tour at Boston Arts Academy’s Gordon Gallery featuring the work of Rhoda Rosenberg.
– ProArts school visits: Admission tours at Emerson, the School of Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)


Friday Oct 10

What’s Next?

Convene with other educators to take a deeper look at assessment, advocacy, and authenticity in Arts and STEAM instruction.

7:30 – 8:30 Registration, breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 Welcome and keynote speakers, Erik and Martin Demaine
9:20 – 10:05 Arts Panel
10:10 – 11:40 Workshop 1
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch, student performance
12:35 – 1:20 STEAM panel
1:25 – 2:55 Workshop 2
3:00 – 4:30 Workshop 3
4:30 – 5:00 Wrap up, sharing, debrief


Conference Rates:

Special discount available for groups of 3 or more from the same school.


Thursday, October 9: $240/day

Friday, October 10: $240/ day

Special Rates:

Boston Public Schools Employees: $190/ day

Graduate Students: $140/ day


Book Your Hotel

Please mention the Center Institute at Boston Arts Academy to receive the conference rate:

Residence Inn Boston Back Bay-Fenway  


For more information, please contact

Lucy Thomas, Center Institute Coordinator:

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