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SummerStudio: Design Thinking for Art Educators

by Angela Kennedy | Jul 08, 2015

The Kansas City Area Development Council's Vice President, Marketing and Creative Services, Jonathan Knecht, will join fellow creatives in a panel discussion about innovation in business designs and finding success in the KC region during the  National Art Education Association's SummerStudio conference. 

RSVP here by clicking on "Add to Shuttlecart" for the "Young Audiences/ Design Institute Symposium SummerStudio: Design Thinking for Art Educators" event. The following are event details posted by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art:


 1-4:45 p.m. | Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | Atkins Auditorium

Tickets required | FREE 

From July 14th through 17th The Nelson-Atkins museum is hosting The National Art Education Association’s SummerStudio: Design Thinking for Art Educators. This conference will align with the National Visual Art Standards by focusing on the ‘hands-on’ studio design experience throughout the conference. More information is available at  
SummerStudio: Design Thinking for Art.

On Tuesday, July 14th, the NAEA will host two panel discussions in Atkins Auditorium available for public participation. 

1-1:10 p.m. | Welcoming Remarks

1:10-1:45 p.m. | Create: Using Design Thinking
How can we learn to think differently using "Design Thinking" for innovative design of schools, communities and the world around us?

1:45-2 p.m. | Break

2-3 p.m. | Panel 1 | Creating Innovative Design Solutions in Business and the Community: Challenges, Possibilities and Opportunities

Facilitator: Jack Lew


  • Jonathan Knecht, Vice President, Marketing & Creative Services of KC Area Development Council (KCADC)
  • David Della-Rocca, Sr. Manager Education Business Development, Unity Technologies
  • Jacob Simons, Experience Design Director at NBBJ
  • Beth McCarthy, Senior Program Associate, PREP/KC

3-4 p.m. | Panel 2 | Creating Innovative Design Solutions in Education: Challenges, Possibilities and Opportunities

Facilitator: Jack Lew


  • Caroline Payson, Director of Education, CHSDM
  • Marsha Dobrzynski, Exec. Dir., Center for Arts-Inspired Learning & Founder, Cleveland Digital Arts High School
  • Martin Rayala, Founder, Design-Lab High School, Wilmington, DE
  • Andre Thomas, Dept. of Visualization, Texas A&M: Former Head, Graphics Development Electronic Arts (EA) Sport

4-4:45 p.m. | Reflections: How Design Supports the Interaction of Business and Education

4:45 p.m. | Conclusion of Day's Program

NOTE: Everyone must leave the museum by 5 p.m.

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