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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Steve Seidel moderates as a panel reflects on the history and future of the field of arts in education.

Jessica Hoffmann Davis is a cognitive developmental psychologist and founder of the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the author of *Framing Education as Art: The Octopus Has a Good Day *.
Since graduating from HGSEs Arts in Education program in 2003, Anika has continued to dedicate her career to promoting arts education through nonprofit work in New York City. In 2003, she interned at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Following her internship, she next worked for Cool Culture, an urban nonprofit organization that partners with cultural institutions to provide education and free admission to families of Head Start students. At Cool Culture, Anika devoted her time toward developing education and outreach programs; of her accomplishments there, she is most proud of the fairs she organized, putting museums and Head Start representatives in direct contact with each other in order to generate new partnerships aimed at promoting arts education. Anika now serves as the School Programs Director at City Lore, a nonprofit organization focused on conveying the richness of New York Citys cultural heritage through educational programs and publications. Demonstrated by the fact that it is a research site for Project Zeros Qualities of Quality: Excellence in Arts Education and How to Achieve It study, City Lore is notable for its long history of bringing high-quality arts experiences to the community.
Steve Seidel, Ed.D., holds the Bauman and Bryant Chair in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has been the Director of Project Zero since July 2000 and the Director of the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education since July 2004. He continues his work as a Research Associate and Principal Investigator and as Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Steve has worked in the areas of the arts and education for over thirty-five years. He trained and worked professionally as an actor and, later, as a stage director. He has worked with theater companies in Baltimore, New York, and Boston and his directorial work has been seen Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway in New York, in Boston, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition to working in theaters, Steve has also worked on short and feature-length films as acting coach, writer, and script consultant.