ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone—Rescheduled and Reimagined

The 2020 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference has been rescheduled and reimagined.

The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN) is delighted to announce the reimagined 2020 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone conference, which will be held online on October 3, 4, 10, and 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.

We are partnering with Creative Generation to offer the conference, which will include live, synchronous keynote presentations, recorded breakout sessions, performances by artists with disabilities, and live panel discussions. Stay tuned—more details will be available in early August. 

The ABLE Assembly is an exceptional professional-development opportunity in the field of arts education and special needs, bringing together educators, artists, researchers, policymakers, school administrators, program administrators, and students to share best practices, explore new research, and learn from each other. 

This year's event will feature presentations on teaching the arts to students with special needs. Keynote presenters include the following:

  • Pete Sparkes, artistic director of Drake Music Scotland
  • Stephen Shore, Ed.D., musician and Internationally renowned expert in autism
  • Elice Patterson, executive director of Abilities Dance Boston

This conference is open to the public.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2020 ABLE Assembly is open. The registration fee is $100 and includes admission to all conference sessions, as well as the opportunity to access the recorded break out sessions and their supporting materials after the conference has concluded.

The registration deadline is October 1, 2020.


  • Saturday, October 3,12:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EST
  • Sunday, October 4, 12:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EST
  • Saturday, October 10, 12:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EST
  • Sunday, October 11, 12:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EST


Online. Connference website and login information will be provided in advance of the event.

Berklee College of Music
921 Boylston Street, Boston