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Infusing the Arts in Inclusive Teaching Practices Focus of Jan. 13 Conference

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Cal State Fullerton is presenting its “Arts at the Center Conference” Jan. 13 for educators, future teachers and others interested in arts education — the disciplines of music, dance, theater and visual arts. 

The 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. conference in the Titan Student Union is open to the public, including CSUF and other college students, preschool- to high school-level teachers and administrators, education faculty and youth leaders.

This year’s conference theme focuses on “Building Inclusive Practices” by emphasizing that the arts offer opportunities to build inclusive learning environments, said Andrea Guillaume, professor of elementary and bilingual education. 

Building Community Through Collaborative Art” is the topic of the 8:30 a.m. keynote address by artist Hiep Nguyen, founder and executive director of Orange County-based Circle Painting. CSUF faculty and alumni, and artists from Segerstrom Center for the Arts and nonprofit partners, will lead workshops. Topics focus on making art with recycled materials, puppetry, music centers for the classroom, creativity in a digitally-driven world, art for community outreach and more.

The conference is presented by CSUF’s College of Education and SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Center for Creativity & Critical Thinking, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Cost is $30 for the general public and $20 for students, and includes breakfast and lunch. For registration and more information, contact  Guillaume or Kristine Quinn, elementary and bilingual education.