Thanks to all who made AAAE’s 2009 annual conference such a great success. Our host, Drexel University, provided an outstanding venue and energy to the essential issues of research and practice. And our guest speakers, panelists, and participants all ensured an on-going and dynamic conversation.
Our central theme for the conference was research — in our classrooms, our curriculum, our core mission, and in the evolving work of arts and cultural managers in the field. We heard from major research initiatives currently reframing and reshaping the way cultural managers think and work. We shared our own research as scholars and field experts. We considered how to engage our students, our alumni, and our colleagues in the essential task and capacity of critical observation, reflection, and action.