On October 10, 2022, more than 100 educators from across the region participated in a variety of hands-on sessions all designed to perpetuate AEC’s mission: collaborating with educators to unlock the transformative power of the arts. The conference kicked off with an inspired opening performance by Clara Kent. Then Attack Theatre helped AEC introduce the Activating Arts Learning Framework to attendees through dance and spoken word. Concurrent sessions led by Jacquelin Walker, Celeta Hickman, Ja’Sonta Roberts, Michelle King, and Zena Ruiz showcased the talents and elevated the voices of historically marginalized creators. The day ended with a high-energy and deeply moving performance by Afro Yaqui Music Collective.