Keynotes & Exploration

Thursday, June 14, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Attendees will hear from two keynote speakers – one young person and one adult – who will address the current state of CYD from their unique perspectives. Following, attendees will participate in a facilitated conversation to creatively produce essential questions to explore throughout the breakout sessions and in Day 2.



Jeff M. Poulin
Arts Education Program Manager
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal advocates to advance policies supportive of arts education through communications, field education, and strategic partnerships. Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was a chief advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities. Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.

Samantha Joseph
Newark Museum
Newark, New Jersey

Samantha Joseph is Haitian-American and was born on August 25, 2000. She has two older siblings Marie Joseph and Anne Joseph. Samantha was raised in a matriarchal household surrounded by women striving and working their hardest. As Samantha grew up, she realized her passions for learning, reading, social justice, music, and performing arts. Samantha being a first-generation American, understands the importance of remaining dedicated to her studies and hopes through her future endeavors she may help others like her. Now in her senior year of high school, Samantha has plans to continue her studies at a four-year university. Samantha hopes that her future is full of brighter days living her dreams and helping others achieve their own.