In partnership with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Center for Partnerships in Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT), FAAE is proud to present the 2018 Arts Integration Symposium These organizations have joined forces to present an exciting day of professional development designed to increase capacity to deliver high-quality instruction and best practices for teaching IN and THROUGH the arts.  National and regional experts will share strategies, best practices, and successes in integrating the arts into the fabric of school and community life.  Arts Integration:  Theory, Impact, and Practice will focus on arts integration as central to education programs and to life in Florida’s schools and communities.  Featured speakers include Darrell Ayers and Martha M. Harrison, Ph.D. 

Keynote speaker: Darrell Ayers
Retired Vice President for Education and Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Darrell Ayers is the retired Vice President for Education and Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washing, D.C., the nation’s performing arts center.  From 2004-2016, he was responsible for the overall planning, management, and supervision of the Center’s Education Division which includes educational programs of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and the Washington National Opera as well as its affiliate VSA (the international arts and disability organization).  The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and Jazz programming areas were also under his responsibility.  The budgets under Ayer’s supervision total more than $15 million with 49 full-time staff.  Ayers has served as a board member and grant panelist for a number of community-based arts organizations and arts councils.  He has worked professionally as a teacher, choral conductor, singer, dancer, and actor and he has toured nationally and internationally as a performer and stage manager.  He attributes his success to his teachers Dr. Robert Brewster and DR. Lee Kjelson at the University of Miami in Florida, Professor Alex Chrestopoulos at Georgia Southern University and his 4th grade music teacher, Mrs. Hottel at Kenwood Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Arts Education Program Manager at Americans for the Arts

Jeff Poulin works to empower local, state and federal supporters of arts education to become effective advocates to advance policies supportive of equitable access to arts education for all students. In his role at Americans for the Arts, Jeff has trained over 10,000 advocates in all 50 states.  He has been instrumental in the publication of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, a leader in the creative youth development movement, and a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative. Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was an advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.


Arts Integration is an approach to teaching and learning in which authentic connections between the arts and other aspects of the curriculum are made in order to achieve desired learning outcomes (goals/objectives) in both subject areas.

2018 marks the eighth year of the successful Florida Alliance for Arts Education Arts Integration Symposia Series. The Series provides professional development and training for teachers, teaching artists, and community arts partners.  Each Symposium offers a single day of outstanding sessions delivered by local and statewide exemplar practitioners of arts integration. Sessions are designed to launch or extend your successful implementation of arts integration strategies, provide up-to-date information on State and National Standards as well as tips on making the arts accessible to all of your students.

Arts Integration at the Core focuses on arts integration as central to education programs and to life in Florida's schools and communities. In addition to inspiring keynote speakers, outstanding local presenters will share strategies and their successes in integrating the arts into the fabric of school and community life. Research showing the impact of early arts study on success in life, as well as other stunning research on the long-term effects of arts learning, will be shared.

Who should attend these Symposia?

  • Interested educators of all disciplines
  • School Teams, including principal, arts teachers, classroom/subject area teachers
  • Teaching Artists
  • Arts organization representatives
  • Community builders and interested citizens;
  • College and University students interested in education and the arts

Registration Fees:
(Registration includes breakfast and lunch.)

(includes individual members and those who work in districts, schools, or organizations with memberships)


*Registration deadline: February 1, 2018

In-Service Points Available for Participants

In-service points will be provided by all School Districts. FAAE will provide a letter of participation to interested teachers.
Registration Fee includes continental breakfast and a boxed lunch.

  • February 10, 2018  (Download the Arts Integration Symposium Flyer)
    Time:  8:30 AM – 3:15 PM 
    Location:  Scarfone-Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa

    Complimentary parking is available on the upper floors of the two parking garages on Campus. Thompson Garage is directly across from the gallery on Spaulding, and West Garage is located just north of the gallery on North Blvd.


Many thanks to our partners and sponsors!

The Arts Integration Symposium is hosted by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education in partnership with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the University of South Florida Center for Partnerships in Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT).   The Symposium is funded, in part, by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, symposium partners, BLICK art materials and private donors.