2016 Keynote Speaker

2016 Keynote Information

Dr. David Nelson The President of Massachusetts College of Art and Design will be sharing with us thoughts from his "Imagination Matters" presentation. The following link will lead to an interview by National Public Radio wherein Dr. Nelson highlights some of his belief; there is both an opportunity to listen to a podcast and an article that can be read. WGBH Boston

Annual Conference 2016

Boston serving as a central location for many member schools to meet is extremely exciting.  New York City has been the standard metropolis in which to meet; at last year’s NYC meeting it became clear many member schools were traveling from northern latitudes.  An informal survey proved re-reckoning would be helpful as well as refreshing.  Milton Academy, a constant presence at the NYC annual gathering, offered to host the ISAIA sessions.  Lesley University slated a student exhibition during the same weekend and has graciously offered to recognize the ISAIA conference for an exclusive Opening Reception that will allow members to view the AANEPS i.den.ti.ty student exhibition as well as enjoy catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  Massachusetts College of Art and Design is also welcoming ISAIA for a reception the following evening.  We are blessed to be treated and pampered by a family of Boston schools.

The majority of the conference will be spent on the campus of Milton Academy.  An introductory keynote talk will be given by the Academy’s Director of College Counseling Rod Skinner on “The Power of the Arts in the College Application Process.”  Break out sessions in different rooms in the Art and Media Center of Milton Academy will entertain discipline specific topics, with potential presentations including “Mindfulness and Multiculturalism in the Arts Curriculum” and “Documenting Process and Product Through On-Line Portfolios.”  Members are encouraged to submit proposals for additional presentations – please submit ideas to Conference Director Ian Torney at Ian_Torney@milton.edu.  The morning will conclude with a presentation from Percy Fortini-Wright of the “Black History Matters 365″ exhibit in Milton’s Nesto Gallery.  Members are encouraged to submit proposals for additional presentations!  The Massachusetts College of Art and Design will be the conference location in the evening, featuring a cocktail reception and keynote presentation by MassArt President Dr. David P. Nelson (photo/intro. featured above) who can offer our specific community his targeted view of our students from the other side.

Between the morning break-out sessions and the evening dinner/keynote there will be afternoon time for members to visit different Boston area attractions.   Some suggestions include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Newbury Street Galleries, The Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University, the LIST Gallery at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Rose Art Museum and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Concord MA.

Recommendations for area accommodations local to many downtown Boston museums and galleries and our Saturday evening destination at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design can be found at http://hotelguides.com/massachusetts/museum-fine-arts-boston-ma-hotels.html

All conference venues can be reached by public transportation for directions see:

Lesley University College of Art and Design

Milton Academy

Massachusetts College of Art



Winter 2016/2017

The conference once again will be held during the first week of December: Friday December 2nd evening, and Saturday December 3rd for a full day of sessions and receptions. The location for the conference is Boston; Milton Academy, Lesley University and Massachusetts College of Art will share hosting responsibilities.

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