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The Marion Cilker Conference for the Arts in Education is an annual event devoted to demonstrating the importance of infusing the arts into the classroom curriculum. It began in 2009 through a generous donation from Marion Cilker, an SJSU graduate and local artist. This conference is co-sponsored by the Connie Lurie College of Education at San José State University and the Santa Clara County Office of Education and brings together students, teachers, and parents with local artists and arts organizations to share the joy of teaching through the arts.

Come to the 2016 Conference!

Registration will open in early September for the eighth annual Marion Cilker Conference for the Arts in Education on Nov. 4th and 5th, 2016. Participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops that demonstrate hands-on ways to incorporate arts education into the standard preschool through 8th grade classroom curriculum. And on Saturday, Nov. 5th attendees will have the opportunity to visit some of San Jose’s wonderful non-profit arts organizations and find out about their resources for students and educators. Space is limited so register right away!

This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring Sign-Language Interpreters, Real-time captioners, or other accommodations should indicate so on their event registration form.

Registration Information:

  • Friday, Nov. 4th - 8:00 am to 12:45 pm (on the SJSU campus) is the conference day for San Jose State students. SJSU students can register for FREE.  Register here.

  • Saturday, Nov. 5th – 8:00 am to 12:45 pm (at the San Jose Museum of Art in downtown San Jose) is the conference day for Pre-K to 8th grade teachers, parents, administrators, and interested community members. Teachers from Santa Clara Co. Title I schools can register for $10. The registration fee for all others is $40.  Register here.

We have a great early-bird registration deal for those attending the Sat., Nov. 5th conference! If you register by Oct. 14th – registration is only $20.00 per person! As an added incentive, Xilinx has donated $40 RAFT gift cards for the first 25 paid registrations.

Continuing Education Units are available through SJSU (for an additional fee of $60 for 1 unit). And certificates of Professional Development hours are provided at no cost.

We’re on Facebook!

The Marion Cilker Conference for the Arts in Education has a Facebook page. This is a place to hear about upcoming conference plans and also a site where you can share resources and network with other people who are interested in arts education year-around. If you are on Facebook – come and visit the “Arts Really Teach” Conference page.

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2010 Marion Cilker Conference

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 2011 Marion Cilker Conference