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Creativity Connects: Denver

October 18, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Creativity Connects: Arts in Early Learning will bring together community leaders in five diverse cities to spark a dialogue about early learning through the arts. The project, funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is being implemented in partnership between Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, a national leader in early childhood arts integration; and the Institute for Child Success (ICS) an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and policy organization.

We will be hosting a free symposium in five cities, focusing on a different topic relevant to early childhood education and the arts. Join us in Denver on October 18, 2018 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.


Can’t join us in person? RSVP on Facebook to livestream the morning sessions!

Keynote Address By:
Dr. Janice Gruendel, Senior Fellow, Institute for Child Success, and Fellow, Edward Zigler Center at Yale University

Dr. Janice Gruendel is a senior fellow at the Institute for Child Success, where she focuses her work on influencing policy on service delivery for adult caregivers and young children. Dr. Gruendel is also a fellow at the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, where she supports the development of the Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, a New Haven and Yale-hosted initiative for mothers whose incomes are low and have young children. She is a co-author of the book Mommy, Who’ll Take Care of Me? 

Join us for a day of interactive panel discussions, hands-on arts experiences, and workshops exploring how integrating the arts into early childhood classrooms can create and enhance inclusive learning environments for all children. Full symposium details, including local speakers and artists, to follow.


Denver-Based Arts and Early Childhood Panel Moderated By Jane R. Best, Ph.D., Director, Arts Education Partnership

Jane R. Best is the Director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) at Education Commission of the States in Denver, CO. AEP is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic organizations with the goal of the arts being included in a well-rounded education. Dr. Best has extensive experience working among practitioners, policymakers and researchers. She previously held leadership positions at McREL International, Learning Point Associates (now American Institutes for Research) and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Convene key stakeholders in the arts, education, business, social services, and philanthropy
  • Facilitate meaningful conversations about the effectiveness of early childhood arts integration
  • Foster the creation of actionable plans to incorporate the arts into early childhood classrooms

Registration is now open!


October 18, 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Institute for Child Success


Denver Center for Performing Arts
1101 13th Street
Denver, Colorado 80204
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