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Don't miss our fabulous one-day symposium on October 15 in Worcester!  We are thrilled to offer this day in collaboration with several outstanding partners:  The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), The Administrators in Music Education (AIME, a division of the MA Music Educators Association), and Young Audiences (YA) of Massachusetts.

The Symposium will be held at the beautiful new Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Friday, October 15, 2010.

See below for the information about the day and featured presenters.
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Creating Leaders for
Arts Advocacy:

The Arts, the Common Core Curriculum,and  21st-Century Skills

This symposium will focus on developing leadership capacity within towns and cities between like-minded citizens who support the arts and arts education, including local cultural council members, parents, arts educators, school policy makers, and practicing artists.  Featured will be staff of The Ariel Group, Lexington, MA.  Using experiential exercises from the theater, participants will learn how great actors develop powerful communication skills and how these skills apply directly to their leadership roles. The day will leave you feeling energized, motivated, and ready to tackle arts advocacy locally, regionally, and nationally!

The Symposium will be held at the Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester, from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Friday, October 15, 2010, and will offer 6 contact hours or PDPs.  Fees for the day are listed in our online registration and complete program.  For more information, contact us.

For a complete program, bios of presenters, and registration information, please click here.  Or click here to go directly to our online registration.

Featured Presenter Oct 15
Belle Halpern

Belle Halpern, Founding Partner, The Ariel Group

Belle Linda Halpern, Ariel Group Founding Partner and Co-author of Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate, and Inspire, brings the skills of a professional consultant, speaker, educator, and singer/actress to her work. Belle has developed and delivered leadership programs for executives in the US, Europe, and Asia for the past 15 years. Her clients include Boston Consulting Group, General Electric, and American Express. She has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, the Boston Globe, Harvard Management Communication Letter, and on CNBC. 

As a cabaret singer, Belle has performed in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, Munich, and the hill towns of Northern Italy. Belle has designed an innovative methodology for teaching singing to non-singers and has worked with students at Harvard University, Longy School of Music, and the Roy Hart Theatre in France.  Combining her singing talent with her work in leadership, she has delivered combination cabaret/lectures on leadership at the annual meetings for organizations such as INSEAD, Instructional Services Association, Johnson & Johnson, Capital One, and Ericsson.  A Harvard University graduate, Belle lives in Boston with her husband, Mitch, and two children.

Other Featured Participants
Sonia Chang Diaz We are thrilled that two MA state legislators will be joining us: 

Sonia Chang-Diaz is the first Latina woman elected to the Massachusetts State Senate, serving her first term representing various Boston neighborhoods.  Currently, Sonia serves as the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, and is Co-Chair of the newly formed Cultural Caucus.  Sonia is a professional educator.

Kay KhanKay Khan is the State Representative for the 11th Middlesex District in Newton serving her eighth term.  Kay co-founded the Newton Cultural Alliance, a coalition of non-profit arts and cultural organizations. She is the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, and a member of numerous caucuses, including the Cultural Caucus in the MA Legislature.

Gail Zarren, Project Director, Healing Arts for Kids, Young Audiences of Massachusetts

Gail Zarren is a long-standing advocate of the arts and arts education.  A senior arts program director, she has developed numerous art programs, workshops and events for pre-k-12 schools and community organizations throughout the state of Massachusetts.  Gail is the founder of the Young Audiences of Massachusetts Healing Arts for Kids, a program that provides teaching artist residencies and performances for physically and emotionally challenged children and other special education populations in hospital schools, hospitals and homeless shelters.