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AAAE Conference - "Creative Vacuums Suck"

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Who selects which established knowledge from history to use in arts education and outreach? Culturally biased definitions of quality and established knowledge produce a creative vacuum and prohibit artistic diversity. Additionally, traditional approaches to education and outreach can propagate historic systems of oppression and bias, leaving many voices missing or minimized in mainstream arts conversations. Consequently, many people do not see their identities reflected in the arts or feel empowered to participate. This session explores collaborative, problem-posing approaches to arts education and outreach that challenge political patterns of exclusion. Problem-posing generates dialogue and requires us to examine the relevance of established knowledge against a range of diverse identities. This session will also examine successful examples of problem-posing arts education and outreach. By cultivating responsive conversation, arts education and outreach can move away from the creative vacuum of culturally biased knowledge to enfranchise a more equitable, vibrant, and global community.


Sig & Sip: Creative Vocal Play Over Tea

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Treehouse Studio, 9112 NE Spruce Ave, Indianola, WA

Recapture the joy of creative vocal play while reaping health benefits! Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins. Sing & Sip is a welcoming gathering where we will use singing games & creative exercises to ease even the shyest singers into the delights of communal singing. This class is appropriate for singers of all abilities and experience levels. No need to bring or prepare anything. Fee ($35) includes all-you-can-drink tea bar & light snacks. Email Rebeqa at to register!


Olympic College Course: Gift-A-Song

Olympic College, 937 Alpine Way, Shelton, WA 98584

No one forgets it when someone writes a song just for them. This Valentine’s Day, give a gift they’ll never forget while learning the ins and outs of songwriting. Each class session includes songwriting instruction and guided writing time. There’s no need to play an instrument – you’ll select your song’s instrumentals from professionally mixed instrumental tracks. During the final class session, you’ll record your song’s vocal part and receive a finalized MP3 a few days later. Email to egister Now!


2017 Seattle University Arts Leadership Conference

Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA

Rebeqa will be presenting a 90 minute session for the 2017 Arts Leadership Conference, a full-day event, hosted by Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program in partnership with Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) and the Office of Arts and Culture.

Rebeqa's presentation, titled "Reconnecting Art with Identity in Education & Outreach: A Case Study" will explore the following:

"Arts organizations face the task of meaningfully connecting audiences with art. Often, a large part of audience bridge building is expected from education and outreach programs. How can education and outreach teams improve audience engagement and reconnect arts organizations with audience identities?

"In 2015, music educator and researcher, Rebeqa Rivers, sought to answer this question in her private voice studio. She noticed a disconnection on client feedback surveys: While respondents reported high satisfaction rates, their open-ended responses used language indicating subconscious frustrations. The dichotomy between these conscious and unconscious responses spurred Rebeqa to initiate an eighteen-month study exploring perception and self-identity through music education. In short, her study results suggest that using essential questions – i.e. questions designed to stimulate thought rather than generate answers – in arts education & outreach can connect audiences more deeply to themselves, to each other, and to art in general. This session will detail the methods and results of Rebeqa’s study, and discuss ways education and outreach teams could employ similar methods to create their own results."

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