Social Integration through the Arts: Snapshots of Practice


Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

The symposium Social Integration through the Arts: Snapshots of Practice and its related academic programming brought together Harvard faculty and cultural leaders from Argentina, BrazilChileColombia, Mexico, and the United States to engage in dialogue about the power of the arts in creating social integration and enriching quality of life for communities through innovative educational programming and multidisciplinary partnerships.

The academic programming accompanying the symposium addressed various topics, such as learning in and through the arts, creating and measuring social impact, building relationships among people from diverse backgrounds, promoting community engagement, developing institutional partnerships with stakeholders, and achieving financial sustainability, among others.

Organized by the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies' Regional Office, as part of the ongoing initiative Social Integration through the Arts in the Americas.

The symposium and related academic programming were made possible by the generous support of Jaime Urrutia Montoya and funding from a DRCLAS Faculty Grant.  


Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 4:00-5:30 PM
Location: Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South

Introduction by Steve Seidel, Faculty Director, Arts in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Moderator: Steve Seidel 


  1. Alvaro Restrepo, Colegio del Cuerpo (Cartagena, Colombia)
  2. Carmen Gloria Larenas, Teatro del Lago (Frutillar, Chile)
  3. Deborah Wanderley Dos Santos, YOURS Project Chicago; YOA Orchestra of the Americas (Caracas, Venezuela; Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  4. Enrique Márquez, Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río (Veracruz, Mexico)
  5. Hernando José Cobo Plata, Canto por La Vida (Valle del Cauca, Colombia)
  6. María Fajardo, Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (Bogotá, Colombia)
  7. Patricia Kistenmacher, Crear Vale La Pena (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Click here for full biographies of participants. Free and open to the public.


Monday, October 10

4:00 PM   The Artist as Educator and Citizen: A Conversation with Alvaro Restrepo.
Open to the Harvard community. Limited space available on a first come first serve basis.

Tuesday, October 11


9:00–9:30 AM   Welcome and opening remarks
Doris Sommer
, Romance Languages and Literatures / DRCLAS Executive Committee / Cultural Agents Initiative 
Steve Seidel, Arts in Education Program / Harvard Graduate School of Education / Social Integration through the Arts Initiative

9:30–11:00 AM   Workshop: “What keeps you up at night?”
Session led by Steve Seidel and James Honan, Institute for Educational Management / Harvard Graduate School of Education / Harvard Kennedy School / Social Integration through the Arts Initiative

Attendance to session one is by invitation only. 


11:15–12:45 PM   Workshop: “The qualities of quality”
What constitutes quality arts and learning experiences in our settings and how we establish and maintain those qualities over time?  Session led by Steve Seidel. Open to the Harvard community as observers. Limited space available on a first come first serve basis.

Wednesday, October 12


10:00–11:30 AM   Workshop: “Financial Sustainability” 
The workshop will highlight ways of thinking about financial sustainability in nonprofit organizations and describe potential action steps for addressing financial sustainability challenges. Session led by James Honan. Open to the Harvard community as observers. Limited space available on a first come first serve basis.


4:00–5:30 PM   Public symposium - Social Integration through the Arts: Snapshots of Practice


6:00 – 8:00 PM  Alvaro Restrepo Master Class 
Open to the Harvard community. Previous registration required. Click here for more information.
Presented By: Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program Master Class Series in partnership with the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies