Thursday, April 23
Breakout Session A: 10:45 a.m. - Noon
Choice between four sessions
A2. Encourage Creativity: Messaging and Advocacy for Arts
Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Education Program, Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts recently launched a new suite of tools and resources, titled "Encourage Creativity." This toolkit is comprised of materials which, when combined with facilitated workshops, can help arts education supporters to become community leaders to invoke wide spread support for arts education in schools, in communities and for students of all ages. The session outlines the basics of advocacy, messaging and field-wide trends. Working in small groups, participants can practice these skills and employ effective strategies to craft their own positive messaging campaign for arts education. Participants will be led through an action planning exercise and leave with actionable next steps to implement in their own organizations.
A4. Blast Off to Health: The Blending of Arts and Health Programs
Kara Armstrong, Director of Arts Education, Kansas City Young Audiences
Kevin Dolan, Teaching Artist, Kansas City Young Audiences
Jay and Leslie Cady Teaching Artists, Kansas City Young Audiences
In this session, presenters outline the collaborative process used to develop an interactive series of arts programs entitled, “Blast Off to Health.” In 2012 Blue Cross Blue Shield granted Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) funds to develop arts programming for K-2nd grade students that focused on healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention. The design team created a music performance, movement and theatre workshops, and multi-disciplined residencies that engaged students in highly active arts activities and creative play, which allowed them to gain knowledge about healthy lifestyle choices. In this session, you’ll learn the techniques used to maintain strong arts instruction and curriculum ties to a healthy life-style and program components used in the program.
Thursday, April 23
Breakout Session B: 2 - 3:15 p.m.
Choice between five sessions
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.
Thursday, April 23
Breakout Session C: 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Choice between five sessions
C1. Beyond Gamification: Teaching Design Thinking through Game Development
Marsha Dobrzynski, Executive Director, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Andre Thomas, Instructor, Department of Visualization, Texas A & M University
Today’s teens, are “digital natives,” who use Google, Facebook, email and texting, not to mention digital cameras, online gaming and instant connectivity. As they scroll through Facebook, watch YouTube videos or play “Words with Friends,” they’re probably not thinking about what they’re learning. But these forms of new media, and the ways in which young people utilize them, provide a blueprint for designing new learning environments. The arts, new media and technology used in education can lead to improved academic outcomes and career success. Video games are designed with the player in mind and the player's experience is paramount. Learn how design thinking has crossed over to education and how games and game design can be used effectively in education. The session includes practical examples from Cleveland High School for Digital Arts where it is being used as an instructional strategy.
C2. The Next Evolution of Residencies: Embedded Professional Development
Pat Cruz, Education Director, Young Audiences of Maryland
Jessica Porter, School Relationship and Program Manager, Young Audiences of Maryland
This session provides educators with training and hands-on experience, observation, and feedback. Re-designing artist-in-residence programs to be a service for teachers helps address important school goals, and it gives artists and teachers the time and space to plan, understand, and learn from each other. In this workshop two models are presented: the Teaching Artists Institute Model – a more in-depth model that is attached to an arts integration seminar and the Embedded PD Residency Model – a more flexible model that can be custom designed to fit budgets and schedules. Presenters discuss strategies such as developing teacher cohorts, peer presentations, and evidence collected from a three-year Title One school district partnership.
C3. The Right Brain Initiative and the Art of Collaboration
Marna Stalcup, Director Education, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon
Briana Linden, Program Implementation, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington
The Right Brain Initiative has garnered local, statewide and national recognition as an effective model for school change. In this session learn how community support can result in systemic arts education and significant impact on teacher practice and student learning. The presenters will cover: the community’s arts education challenges and needs; evolution of the Right Brain model; examples of teacher/artist collaboration as an approach to deepening student understanding; evidence of student learning including test score data. The Right Brain Initiative is a public-private partnership of school districts, local government, private donors, and the cultural community, working together to ensure that arts education is accessible to every K-8 student in the Portland, OR metro region.
C4. Maximize Your Impact in High-Need Communities through Collaboration
Jeanette S. McCune, Director, DC School and Community Initiatives, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Director, Research and Evaluation, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
How do you connect residents to the variety of cultural opportunities in a community? Learn how the Kennedy Center’s role as a presenter and producer of performing artists works to ensure access and participation for Washington, D.C. public and charter schools students. By collaborating with other arts institutions and community based organizations that serve students, the Kennedy Center not only reaches new audiences, it also discovers synergies between itself and its collaborators, and increases capacity of its collaborators. This session includes the Kennedy Center’s involvement in an arts education collective impact program for D.C. public and charter schools, unique festival programming that includes intra- and inter-institutional collaborations, and alliances with non-arts partners to support arts engagement for high-need public and charter school students.
C5. Emerging Leaders Institute Presentation
The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is a professional development program developed by Young Audiences Arts for Learning to promote exceptional leadership in the field of arts-in-education. During this year-long Institute, Young Audiences invites professional arts educators and non-profit leaders to present and host panels on topics such as financial management, fundraising, advocacy, governance, organizational planning, and communications. This year, each participant chose a strategy project that they would research and implement throughout the term of the program. This breakout session features presentations of three strategic projects developed by Emerging Leaders.
Friday, April 24
Breakout Session D: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Choice between five sessions
D1. Leveraging your Brand in the Community: How to Advance Your Collaborative Partnerships
Bill McKemy, Education Manager, American Jazz Museum
Greg Carroll, CEO, American Jazz Museum
Chris Burnett, Marketing Manager, American Jazz Museum
In this session the presenters outline the ways in which the American Jazz Museum (AJM) leverages their brand and other resources to create partnerships, build community connections and enhance collaborative relationships with organizations and individuals across a wide spectrum of organizational activity. Greg Carroll will speak to the executive role in identifying partnership opportunities and their evaluation from a strategic planning and mission perspective. Chris Burnett will discuss the AJM brand and how the organization creates and implements marketing plans that are designed to leverage and enhance their brand. Bill McKemy will act as moderator and reveal how the AJM brand and related resources translate into tangible educational opportunities and results for students.
D3. Research Partnerships for Collective Impact
Jay Seller, Executive Director, Think 360 Arts for Learning, Denver, Colorado
This session will present and describe the partnerships that have been instrumental in the recent study of arts education in Colorado K-12 public schools. The study partners, Colorado Creative Industries, a Division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Colorado Department of Education, brought together community partners to assist in research design and outreach to schools for completion of the study survey disseminated to 1,839 Colorado public schools. Community partners also assisted in disseminating the research results. Young Audiences’ Colorado affiliate, Think 360 Arts for Learning served as one of the study’s community partners. The session presents the study’s findings as they relate to arts integration and external provider partnerships, provides an overview of the research design and development, and the role of community partners in shaping the study.
D4. From Development to Implementation: A Community’s Success with Arts for Learning
Peter Gerber, Director, Arts for Learning, Young Audiences Inc.
Jan Norman, Director, Education, Research & Professional Development, Young Audiences, Inc.
Rebecca Carney, Teacher on Special Assignment, Beaverton (OR) School
Learn how a district-wide partnership founded on shared values and goals and sustained by collaborative activities can benefit all parties—and enhance student development in literacy, art and learning and life skills. The Arts for Learning program (A4L) is completing its fifth year in the Beaverton (OR) Schools, with support of a federal Invest in Innovation (i3) grant and major local funding. Explore how YA of Oregon & SW Washington and the school district worked together developing and implementing A4L. A wealth of information from classroom observations, teacher surveys and consultations, student work and formative assessment contributed to the success of this program which is reaching more than 9000 students annually in all 350 grade 3-5 classes. Plans are well underway to continue A4L district-wide. Share your experience with partnerships that sustain and strengthen arts-in-education programs requiring collaboration for organization and implementation.
D5. Building Partnerships Founded on the Principles of the Nat’l Core Arts Standards
Marcia McCaffrey, President, SEADAE
Joyce Huser, Fine Arts Consultant, Kansas City Department of Education
Cory Wilkerson, Project Manager, SEADAE
The release of the National Core Arts Standards in October 2014 represents both a current view of and future vision for arts education in America. Participate in a conversation about the various shapes and forms of standards implementation and how they play out in a variety of settings. Participants will discuss how they are addressing the new standards and discover opportunities for building partnership through standards-based programs and practices across a variety of stakeholder groups in arts education. In addition, the participants will cover the Philosophical Foundations and Lifelong Goals expressed by the National Core Arts Standards; view the website where the standards are housed, analyze the intent and meaning of the standards and reflect how the National Core Arts Standards are used in their own work with schools, teachers and students. Learn where your own state is with regards to standards adoption and adaptation.
Saturday, April 25
Breakout Session E: 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Choice between four sessions
E1. Where the Wild Things Are: A Discussion and Performance by the Bloomfield String Quartet
Natalia Korenchuk and Virginia Brungardt, violin
Hailey Hatcher Treas, viola
Caitlin Schmidt, cello
Learn how a group of young musicians developed interactive kinder concerts for public school students in grades K-2, balanced their own classwork and recital schedule, performed with a university symphony and the Wichita Symphony. The secrets to balancing all of these partnerships, lessons in self-advocacy, communication, perseverance, teaching, endurance and community connections are revealed in this workshop which includes a performance of the Wichita State University Bloomfield String Quartet’s Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack. The Bloomfield String Quartet is a partnership with Wichita State University and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Within that partnership, the quartet coordinates with the Wichita School District USD 259 to perform over 40 “Kinder Concerts” to public school students grades K-2 each school year.
E2. Discovering the Capacity & Resources Within: Valuing the Experience of Teaching Artist
Travis Laughlin, Arts Education Director, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Saul Chernick, Professional Development, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Antonia Perez, Peer Coach/Artist-Teacher, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Organizations often seek professional development from "outsiders" without truly examining the wealth of knowledge and experience held by their own staff. In this session, discuss your staff resources, identify challenges and learn strategies for using your staff as resources for professional development. Participants have the opportunity to present their own organizational/personal challenges with regard to professional development and discuss ways to build upon the experience of staff/individuals to meet the challenges. The Joan Mitchell Foundation's Art Education Program has actively engaged their artist-teachers in meaningful professional development that is rooted in their own experience. Learn how the Foundation has incorporated the voice, experiences, and expertise of artist-teachers into its overall professional development program through peer led workshops, peer coaching, and a curriculum resource guide created by a team of artist-teachers.
E3. The Teaching Artists Asset Map: Cartography, Technology and Connections
Jean Johnstone, Executive Director, Teaching Artists Guild and The Applied Theater Action Institute.
What does a map of teaching artistry look like? Find out in this interactive session. Teaching Artists Guild is creating an interactive digital asset map of the field with a coalition of teaching artists, educators, and arts advocates from all over the country. Their aim is to articulate and deepen the collective understanding of the field, document and promote the work done by teaching artists, serve as a launching pad for partnerships in a historically disconnected field, and make their research available to the field. This session explores the three major areas they are mapping: individual teaching artists, teaching artist hiring organizations, and field assets. Participants will add themselves and their organizations and projects to the map and analyze the data.
E4. The Lullaby Project: Connecting Dreams with the People in our Community
Dr. Alice R. Hixson, ISS Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist, Department of Defense Dependents Elementary and Secondary Schools
Gain insight into the development of The Lullaby Project, a program designed for students, teachers and the community. The presenter will provide an overview of the project which introduces students to the folk song form of the lullaby. You will learn how students involved in the project researched lullabies and discussed their origins, recorded songs and did historical research with first person interviews. The project enabled students to write their own lullabies that were collected into a final project/book and performance. Participants in this session will hear and sing lullabies from several cultures.