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The Peabody Institute is proud to host the 11th national conference of the Consortium for the Liberal Education of Artists, tentatively entitled:

Challenging Artists in Challenging Times:  What’s Necessary and Sufficient?Exchange ideas with educators from arts schools across the country convening under the auspices of the Consortium for the Liberal Education of Artists (CLEA). We will meet on the campus of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

April 5th – 7th, 2018
arrive Wednesday, April 4
depart Saturday afternoon–April 7

Conversation will address our ongoing work augmenting the learning experience of the young artists we teach. Prior to our meeting, participants plan with colleagues from other institutions to design our panel presentations; most participants share an aspect of their work, ideas, and experience as panelists in sessions held throughout Thursday and Friday. Session details will gel as determined by participant planning. Themes currently under discussion include: innovation in first year courses; project-based learning; online teaching modules; assessment and accreditation; writing instruction and writing support; advocacy and institutional/student buy-in for the liberal arts. ESL and the challenge of integrating international populations always warrant a thread of consideration in our conferences.


  • Colleagues planning to attend this gathering include representation from Berklee College of Music, Columbia College Chicago, Cornish College, Eastman School, McNally Smith College of Music, New England Conservatory, New World School of the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, the Peabody Conservatory, Savannah College of Art & Design, and University of North Carolina School for the Arts. Other schools are welcome.
  • Teams of two or three colleagues are encouraged from each school. A mix of faculty (classroom and studio) and administrators enables balanced perspectives in our conversations.
  • Please click here to register for the 2018 CLEA conference. There is no fee for the conference registration.

Accommodations in Baltimore

  • Visit the Hotel Indigo website and select ‘Book Online’  from the upper right hand corner of your screen. You will be prompted to enter your arrival and departure dates. Notice that the CLEA group code is provided in the necessary fields. Click ‘BOOK’  and choose your room to move on to the final steps of booking. Subsidized hotel rates will keep expenses to $100/night for single-occupancy.