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Spotlight 2018

Education through the arts is an important gateway into developing 21st century skills in all learners! Integrated into QPAT 2018, the Spotlight on the Arts is a series of dynamic workshops, an interactive art-making space for educators and a collaborative art experience for students. 

The Spotlight on the Arts returns to the Hyatt Regency, alongside QPAT.
Drop in, make art, repeat.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 from 9am to 3pm
Location: QPAT 2018 – Hyatt Regency Montreal, 1255 Jeanne Mance St, Montreal, QC H5B 1E5

Find us in the Inspiration room – take the elevator to the 6th floor and follow the signs! It’s worth the trip!

Spotlight 2017

spot_back_2017The Spotlight on the Arts returns in a new venue and time! Yes, this year Spotlight will be held in new digs at the Hyatt Regency, alongside QPAT.
Drop in, make art, repeat.

Date: Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm
Location: QPAT 2017 – Hyatt Regency Montreal, 1255 Jeanne Mance St, Montreal, QC H5B 1E5

Activities planned

  • 20 minute hands-on workshops for educators
    (given at intervals)
  • Arts-focused Makerspace
  • 30 Days of Art Challenge
  • Open Round Table discussion

Spotlight 2016

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Spotlight on the Arts! As usual, the Spotlight will take place during the QPAT conference, and will cater to the needs and interests of Arts generalists and specialists.spot_back_2016

Spotlight 2015

Spot_2015 Check out the Schedule! This year’s Spotlight on the Arts returns in a mini-format on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 9am – 1pm.  Same great spirit! The 2015 edition will feature:

  • Two workshops
  • A spirited round-table discussion
  • Hands-on art-making for students AND teachers

The team goes to NAEA

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See the Spotlight on the Arts team in action at the National Arts Education Association annual conference. We will be presenting a session entitled Spotlight on the Arts: Grassroots Action, Advocacy and Authenticity. We will be presenting on Thursday, March 26th at 3pm.



“This is your brain on Arts” – Keynote at the Spotlight on the Arts

Our keynote address will be delivered this year by Foad Afshar and Michael Ariel from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Melissa Ledo first met them at their session at the NAEA National Convention and was really inspired by their ideas. You will be, too!



The Keynote: This Is Your Brain on Arts

Making art incorporates more brain function than any other activity. Learn what is happening in the brain during creativity while enjoying this interactive presentation of learning activities that engage the whole brain.


Foad Headshot2Foad Afshar was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He received his bachelors degree from University of Massachusetts, Masters from Harvard University and Doctorate from California Coast University.  Foad has been a lecturer, trainer, researcher and clinician since 1982. He is currently faculty of Psychology and Art Education at the New Hampshire Institute of Art as well as founder of CLEER Institute in Concord, NH. Foad has had several prominent appointments.  In 2010 was elected as the New Hampshire Psychological Association’s President. He is a nationally known speaker who seamlessly integrates his extensive knowledge of psychology, the brain, child development and the arts in his clinical, teaching and training roles.  He is a father of 3 children and husband to one wife.  He lives in Bow, NH and teaches courses in psychology, philosophy and Art Education at the NH Institute of Art.  He also has a small private practice in child and adolescent psychology in Concord, NH.

Head Shot for talkMike Ariel is a professional art educator, artist, and photographer. He has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MFA from Boston University.  He has been a public school art teacher for the past 25 years, and adjunct Photography Faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art for the past 20 years. His work is included in many private and public collections and he has lectured across the United States, including the last five National Art Education Association Conferences. He is the father of two adult children and married to one woman.