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Critical Issues Forum: Arts Learning and the Innovation Workforce


To remain competitive in a rapidly-changing global economy, our future workforce must learn 21st century innovation and creative thinking skills alongside science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The best way to foster that creative thinking for all Georgia students is through integrated, quality arts education. In a state such as Georgia, in which school systems are so often faced with resource challenges, we are tasked with bringing legitimacy and urgency to the values of arts learning so that our next generation is offered access to the education that will best equip them to meet the requirements of success in a 21st century workforce.


Plan to join Georgia Council for the Arts as it partners with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education for a Critical Issues Forum on April 20. Rodney Sampson, Partner and Head of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, TechSquare Labs, and Martha Dalton, education reporter at WABE 90.1 FM, will discuss the value of the arts in preparing the future innovation workforce in a keynote conversation.


Immediately following, an expert panel will discuss the role of arts education in meeting current and future workforce needs in Georgia. Panel participants include:


Syreea Hughley, Learning Center Manager, Google Fiber
Gif Lockley, Principal, Savannah Arts Academy
Jeff Stepakoff, Executive Director, Georgia Film Academy
Panel Moderator – Atiba Mbiwan, Associate Director, The Zeist Foundation


Networking & Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.
Program begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.


Thursday, April 20, 2017
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT


Georgia Film Academy, Pinewood Atlanta Studios
Production Center, Stage A
461 Sandy Creek Road
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Critical Issues Forum Eventbrite Registration Page


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