Ditto on the Hilton facilities. The breakout rooms were awful. Small, hot and
impossible to get dark enough for slides or overheads.
Actually, I think $85 is pretty reasonable for a national professional
conference. Many of my colleagues in other areas spend much more.
Thanks for the Getty reception. Once again a swell opportunity to put faces
with names...and the crabcakes were pretty good.
Didn't get a chance to ask National Endowment for the Arts Director, William
Ivy about his kaboshing of the grant for the book by the Zapatista leader.
Boy, did he split in a hurry when his speeech was over. No questions. No
chatting. Just bye and out the door surrounded by two beefy body guards.
Went to some good sessions on special education (thanks again, Melissa) and
adaptive art. These were well attended, (overflowing actually) showing the
need for more leadership on this question. Inclusion has placed more
responsibilites on art, music and PE teachers with little help from
administrators or professional organizations.
Liked the Sargent show at the National Gallery, amused more than shocked by
the overwhelmingly white and male character of the Hirschorn's 25th
Anniversary collection, loved the interior of the Union Station great hall by
Daniel Burnham where the Binny and Smith reception was held, had a great
Sunday morning with the hordes of kite flyers at the Washington Monument, was
pretty impressed by an nighttime walk through the new Franklin Roosevelt
memorial, had a great vegetarian lunch at Misha's Russian Deli across from the
Eastern Market, found the Metro cheap and easy to use although every station
looks exactly alike so it gets a little confusing for a first time visitor.