As part of the National Arts Action Summit, Americans for the Arts, in collaboration with Arts Education Partnership, presents this annual event focused on federal, state, and local arts education policy.

The event will focus on building meaningful connections between arts education and two of the top trending education policy issue areas for 2020—workforce development and school climate. Meeting attendees will hear from thought leaders in education research and policy to gain new insights into the broader education landscape.
Following their remarks, a response panel of arts education leaders will join the discussion to make connections back to the arts and share how arts education can support broader education policy priorities. Through roundtable discussions and networking opportunities, attendees will be able to connect the conversation back to their communities and states.


Phyllis W. Jordan


Susan Bowles Therriault

Phyllis Jordan, Future Ed   Susan Bowles Therriault

Phyllis Jordan is the Editorial Director for FutureEd. FutureEd is an independent, solution-oriented think tank at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy. We are committed to bringing fresh energy to the causes of excellence, equity, and efficiency in K-12 and higher education on behalf of the nation's disadvantaged students. As a nonpartisan, public-facing organization, we work to produce clear, compelling analysis on key education issues for policymakers, practitioners, the media, and other key education change agents and influencers at the federal, state, and local levels—promoting smart policymaking in a complex and fast-changing educational landscape


Susan Bowles Therriault is the Managing Researcher and Practice Area Director for the American Institutes for Research (AIR). AIR research and evaluation experts study human performance and workforce development programs to determine the best methods to increase labor market opportunities. In partnership with government agencies, professional associations, and the private sector, our policy, practice, and systems change the AIR team is helping local, national, and international clients develop a workforce that is ready for the jobs of the 21st century. AIR draws on its decades of workforce research to improve lives and communities by preparing youth and adults to thrive in the 21st century global economy. AIR focuses on the full employment cycle in the U.S. and abroad, including workforce preparedness, recruitment, selection, performance management, training, and improving employment and life outcomes of people with disabilities.