Breakout Session B: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

B1. Theatre for Young America Collaboration: It Takes A Village                                        
Sheryl Bryant, Director of Education, Theatre for Young America
Learn about Young America’s effective community partnerships with: the Kansas Service League to develop a play on the topic of sexual child abuse prevention; with Arts Partners of Kansas City and the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District to develop a play focused on conflict resolution, and the partnership with Whole Person to develop a play and post-show discussion that addresses bullying—especially for those who are disabled. These collaborations use “Learning through Drama” as a technique for changing behaviors. Attendees can share information on their own collaborative projects and discuss best practices that focus on: meeting a need in your community; targeting the right collaborators; partnership agreements, financing collaborations and artistic content.
B2. Harnessing the Power of STEM and the Arts
Lisa Muci, Program Director, Arts Partners, Wichita, KS
Kimberly McDowell, Ph.D., Independent Researcher and Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University
Aaron Fowler, Arts Partners Artist Coordinator and Teaching Artist
Armando Minjárez, Arts Partners Teaching Artist
(Classroom Teacher TBD, McLean Science and Technology Magnet Elementary, Wichita, KS)
Learn how Arts Partners experienced a 300% increase in the development of STEM-based programs in the last two years. By collaborating with STEM and educational professionals, Arts Partners created numerous workshops guiding teachers and teaching artists to gain confidence to integrate the arts with STEM subjects. The session includes examples of exemplary STEM programs by Arts Partners teaching artists.
B3. Re-Balancing Act:  Engaging New Audiences and Moving Toward Sustainable Fundraising
Michelle Green Arnson, Development & Marketing, Chicago Arts Partnerships In Education
Amy Rasmussen, Executive Director, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
Learn how to create sustainable fund raising plans and strategies for your organization. The presenters will share examples of new branding language to target individual donors, social media and print materials that engaged their board in a new fundraising process. Last year, CAPE decided to focus on individual and sustainable fundraising in order to decrease its reliance on grants from government and corporate entities. Through a partnership with Taproot, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting other nonprofits to pro-bono services offered by private-sector consultants, and by adopting the Benevon model of sustainable fundraising, CAPE overhauled its approach for finding, reaching, and engaging new and lapsed individual donors. Their efforts have created new, low-pressure ways for their board members, teachers, teaching artists, and extended networks to become more involved in supporting an organization they care about.
B4. Stop the Bullying: Creating Safe Classrooms for a Diverse Student Body
Daryn Bauer, Program Director, Young Audiences of Houston
Maureen Heffernan, Director of Arts and Education, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern PA
Creating safe environments for students participating in arts programming should be a top priority for anyone working with youth in schools and community venues. Despite all the anti-bullying programs being implemented in schools, bullying is still a problem for many young people, especially with LGBT youth. This workshop focuses on educating participants in the language and techniques that can be developed to create safe spaces for LGBT youth. Participants will reflect on their current knowledge and tools they use to provide safe spaces in their classrooms, share their personal experiences and gain the resources necessary to include LGBT anti-bullying language in anti-discrimination training for artists.

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