Putting the Arts at the Centre of Curriculum and Schooling

Arnold Aprill, Founder and Lead Consultant for Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)

Co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

9 August

Historically, the Arts have been perceived as a desirable add on to teaching and learning,,but not seen as central to curriculum or schooling. In an information age dependent on innovation and a constantly changing body of knowledge, this will not do. Arnold Aprill, the founder of the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) will give demonstrate what happens when the Arts assume their rightful place at the centre of 21st century education. This presentation will include examples of effective practice and descriptions of educational policies that make these successful strategies possible.

Arnold April

Arnold Aprill is the Founder and Lead Consultant for Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), comes from a background in professional theatre as an award-winning director, producer and playwright. He has taught at the University of Chicago, National Louis University, the University of Mississippi, Columbia College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aprill is one of the co-authors of Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning, and is a contributor to the Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning. He consults nationally and internationally on the role of the arts in effective school improvement and has been recognised for exceptional leadership by the Chicago Community Trust and by the Leadership for a Changing World initiative, supported by the Ford Foundation. Aprill is currently working as a scholar with the University of Tasmania as a Fulbright Specialist.