Curriculum Development

Social Justice in Art Curriculum Professional Development

 PROVIDENCE, RI--  On April 27th, Providence CityArts For Youth hosted "Social Justice based Art Curriculum", a 2-hour workshop facilitated by photographer and arts educator, Aarav Sundaresh, and CityArts' core teaching artist and professional development coordinator, Michelle Nugent. Those who attended included Rhode Island arts educators, art therapists, and art museum staff. Aarav and Michelle discussed their approaches to incorporating social justice into their teaching practice within a public school and after school program setting by showing sample projects and leading participatory breakout sessions. The workshop featured readings from Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, a semi-autobiographical book by Gloria Anzaldúa jumpstarting conversations about the complexity of identity in our society and how to best support students navigating through literal and metaphorical "borderlands" in today's world.

PROVIDENCE, RI--  On April 27th, Providence CityArts For Youth hosted "Social Justice based Art Curriculum", a 2-hour workshop facilitated by photographer and arts educator, Aarav Sundaresh, and CityArts' core teaching artist and professional development coordinator, Michelle Nugent. Those who attended included Rhode Island arts educators, art therapists, and art museum staff. Aarav and Michelle discussed their approaches to incorporating social justice into their teaching practice within a public school and after school program setting by showing sample projects and leading participatory breakout sessions. The workshop featured readings from Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, a semi-autobiographical book by Gloria Anzaldúa jumpstarting conversations about the complexity of identity in our society and how to best support students navigating through literal and metaphorical "borderlands" in today's world.

JOIN US, SEPTEMBER 16 National Core Arts Standards and You!

A great opportunity for Teaching Artists to learn how to design your programs based on the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS).  Spend a morning with arts education colleagues from around the state learning about the practical applications of the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS). The RI Department of Education has officially endorsed the NCAS as Rhode Island's new arts standards. NCAS replaces the current Rhode Island Fine Arts Grade Span Expectations. Local education agencies should begin now to align curriculum to these standards and plan to fully implement NCAS aligned curriculum beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. 

http://www.ride.ri.gov/InstructionAssessment/OtherSubjects.aspx#37051373-about-the-national-core-arts-standards 

Event sponsored by the RI Arts Learning Network. Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
8:30 Check in and refreshments
9:00 Introductory remarks, Carol Blanchette, Chief for Teaching and Learning, RI Department of Education
9:30 Participatory Workshops by arts discipline (facilitated by the RI professional arts educator associations)
11:30 Panel discussion w Q and A
Special guest panelists:
Dennis Inhulsen, Chief Learning Officer, National Art Education Association
David Neves, Eastern Division Past President, National Association for Music Education
Susan McGreevy Nichols, CEO, National Dance Education Organization
 

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3rd Annual Healing Arts Conference at Butler Hospital September 29, 2017
REGISTER NOW!

This one-day conference focuses on applying arts interventions to promote well-being within specific populations andour communities.

Learn specific arts-based protocols to address therapeutic needs through break-out sessions.

Explore meaningful interventions to empower clients through self-expression.

Acquire real-life skills that can be implemented immediately in your work setting.

Continuing Education Credits offered for Nursing, LMHC and Social Work. All participants will receive attendance
certificates for 5.5 contact hours.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

2015 RI Teaching Artists Center Conference Focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

“Very inspiring and extremely useful” 
“Great that so many people came from different backgrounds; conference itself modeled UDL”

On August 20RITAC sponsored a day-long professional development event on Universal Design for Learning in collaboration with the RI College Arts Education Program.   Covering both the worlds of education and healthcare, universal design was a topic that proved to be of great interest to a full house of participants at Alex and Ani Hall. About half the participants defined themselves as teaching artists, about half as certified K-12 or university level arts educators, and the remainder administrators, museum educators, and nursing school faculty. The majority of participants were not aware of Universal Design for Learning prior to the conference, but overwhelmingly felt that they would use what they learned.  As one participant said “ UDL is a more dynamic approach to conveying information and sharing ideas with students.”  

 The morning began with a keynote by Elizabeth Dalton, Director of Development and Research, TechACCESS Rhode Island.  Participatory workshops using design principles of UDL were presented by RI teaching artists Mike Bresler (music), Yonty Friesem and Jeannine Chartier (visual arts & design), Rachel Balaban(movement / dance), and Jordan Butterfield and Rebecca Noon (theatre.) 

The most comprehensive list of Teaching Artist training and professional development opportunities ever published!

Last week we premiered what our Membership Director, Kenny, dubbed “The Big List”, a list of over 60 training or professional development programs available to teaching artists in the United States. Like we say on the webpage, this isn’t exhaustive; we know there are many more out there, and we’d like to see them all in one place! If you know of anything you don’t see listed, please add it to the Asset Map submission form, or just email us and let us know. 

creative aging workshops offered to new hampshire teaching artists

Creative Aging programs engage older adults in active arts learning.  Senior service centers, health sites, arts/ community groups and libraries are looking for teaching artists who can design and deliver effective programs for an aging population. The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and Lifetime Arts are teaming up with two great partner sites in Lebanon and Concord.  Learn about current research on arts and aging, see what’s different about adult learning, analyze best practices, explore how your arts education expertise forms a strong basis for working with older adults.