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

Challenging Artists in Challenging Times:  What’s Necessary and Sufficient?  

Educators from arts schools across the country will be 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.  Themes we will discuss include innovation in first year courses, project-based learning, writing instruction and writing support, advocacy and institutional/student buy-in for the liberal arts, ESL and the challenge of integrating international populations, and essential tangents that warrant our attention.  See the conference schedule.


  • Colleagues planning to attend this gathering are posted here.
  • 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 or double-occupancy (see below).  THIS SPECIAL RATE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO BOOK BY FEBRUARY 21, 2018.

NOTE:  Your credit card information will confirm the room reservation at a cost of $129/night. A subsidy will be applied during your stay and final payment will reflect the subsidized amount of $100.00 (tax inclusive) per night.  The subsidy does not apply to those persons who confirm reservations but fail to cancel within the allotted time frame (at least 24 hours prior to the day of arrival) or do not show for his or her reservation. For those person who do not show or cancel  with respect to the policy, one night’s guestroom and tax will be charged to the credit card provided to guarantee the reservation.