Music in this video by Miguel, "Growing Old"
The New York State Literary Center's Empire State Partnership with Rochester City School District's Youth and Justice Programs in collaboration with the Office of The Sheriff, County of Monroe. All Rights Reserved. Presented by Dale Davis at the conference as an example of her students' work during her workshop, "Hip-Hop: A Connection to Student Engagement, Literacy, and Critical Thinking."

Third Annual Arts Abilities Conference:
Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners in and through the Arts

The Third Annual Arts Abilities Conference will take place on May 1, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Ani DiFranco’s Babeville, Starlight Studio, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

Friday, May 1, 2009 in Buffalo, at Asbury Hall at Babeville, Starlight Studio, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

Arts Abilities features the work of teaching artists and educators who work with people with special needs, “at-risk” youth, and incarcerated individuals.

Presented by Young Audiences of Western New York in collaboration with Starlight Studio and The Arts Partners Program of the Art Education Department, Buffalo State College. With funding from the Baird Foundation, The Dana Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

This year's conference focused on the theory and practice of differentiating instruction to meet the range of learning differences found in today's classrooms, community centers, clinics, after school programs and other settings where the arts are taught. Participants learned about this inclusive approach to learning in and through the arts, which frames learning differences as part of the larger diversity agenda rather than as a separate concern.

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