Events

RITAC 6x6: "Learning Across Generations" at the RISD Museum

Sherente Mishitashin Harris, Member of the Narragansett Tribal Nation, Two Spirited Fancy Shawl Dancer, Artist, Activist, and Performer

PROVIDENCE, RI -- On May 24th, the RISD Museum in partnership with The Rhode Island Teaching Artist Center (RITAC) and Providence CityArts for Youth hosted the third "6x6" event of this year. A 6x6 is a fast-paced educational event featuring six teaching artists presenting for six minutes on a given topic. Loosely modeled on the worldwide PechaKucha phenomenon, 6x6 is a great opportunity to meet new people and think about a provocative topic related to the arts, education, and teaching artistry. The artists in this 6x6 discussed the ways personal identity relates to learning, teaching and creating across generations and artistic practices.

The featured guest speakers included Amelia Nixon (Community Partnerships Manager at the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School), Lucia Monge (Artist, educator and organizer of Plantón Móvil), Vuthy Lay (Artist, a RISD Architecture student, and youth worker), Susi Ryan (Quilter and co-founder of Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth quilters guild), Amy Walsh (Artist, creative coach and visual storytelling specialist), and Sherente Mishitashin Harris (Member of the Narragansett Tribal Nation, Two Spirited Fancy Shawl Dancer, Artist, Activist, and Performer). 

 Sisters in Stitches Joined By the Cloth Quilting Guild at the RISD Museum

Sisters in Stitches Joined By the Cloth Quilting Guild at the RISD Museum

RITAC 6x6: "The Powder Room" at The Newport Art Museum

The future is female: The Newport Art Museum & RITAC host 6x6 event, "Powder Room"

 Newport, RI – On April 12th, 2018, The Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center was pleased to partner with The Newport Art Museum to present “The Powder Room,” a "6x6" event inspired by the Newport Art Museum's "Domestic Affairs: Domesticity, Identity, and the Home" exhibition. This fast-paced educational event, loosely modeled on the worldwide PechaKucha phenomenon, features six teaching artists, presenting for six minutes each, on provocative topics related to the arts, education, and teaching artistry.  "Domestic Affairs" (on view until May 6th, 2018) explores the concept of home as a private and public space, one that is personal and intimate, as well as social and political. It reflects the identity, ownership, and even the individual and social expectations of family life.  In this charged space, a POWERful group of women shared their experiences as artists, educators, and activists working to inspire and embolden young women today. Presenters included Kara Dunne, multi-media performance artist and educator, Priscilla Carrion, textile artist and community art maker, Abby Donaldson, Adolescent Medicine specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Rachel Blumberg, filmmaker and musician from Girls Rock! RI, Jocelyn Foye and Mara Trachtenberg, educators, artists and activists with The Woman Project, and Gail Ahlers, a skilled artist and metal worker, who shared her work on and vision for the multi-faceted Empowerment Factory in Pawtucket. Thank you to our guest speakers, Cristin Searles, The Newport Art Museum's Director of Visitor Services and Community Engagement for all of her help in organizing this event, and to The Newport Art Museum for being a wonderful partnering-host site!

Newport, RI – On April 12th, 2018, The Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center was pleased to partner with The Newport Art Museum to present “The Powder Room,” a "6x6" event inspired by the Newport Art Museum's "Domestic Affairs: Domesticity, Identity, and the Home" exhibition. This fast-paced educational event, loosely modeled on the worldwide PechaKucha phenomenon, features six teaching artists, presenting for six minutes each, on provocative topics related to the arts, education, and teaching artistry.

"Domestic Affairs" (on view until May 6th, 2018) explores the concept of home as a private and public space, one that is personal and intimate, as well as social and political. It reflects the identity, ownership, and even the individual and social expectations of family life.

In this charged space, a POWERful group of women shared their experiences as artists, educators, and activists working to inspire and embolden young women today. Presenters included Kara Dunne, multi-media performance artist and educator, Priscilla Carrion, textile artist and community art maker, Abby Donaldson, Adolescent Medicine specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Rachel Blumberg, filmmaker and musician from Girls Rock! RI, Jocelyn Foye and Mara Trachtenberg, educators, artists and activists with The Woman Project, and Gail Ahlers, a skilled artist and metal worker, who shared her work on and vision for the multi-faceted Empowerment Factory in Pawtucket. Thank you to our guest speakers, Cristin Searles, The Newport Art Museum's Director of Visitor Services and Community Engagement for all of her help in organizing this event, and to The Newport Art Museum for being a wonderful partnering-host site!

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New Partnership with RI Latino Arts Makes Great Connections for Teaching Artists

This 6 x6 experimented with a new addition to the format. As part of the six minute presentations,each of the 6 artist presenters created a canvas (12 x 12) that focused on the question “What is most on your mind right now?”  Artists could use the canvas however they wished—with visual, performing, or literary arts.  The themes ranged from the pain of the immigrant to the layers of culture within individuals.  The canvases will be on display at La Galleria del Pueblo.   The presenting artists made connections with educators and members of the RI healthcare community that will lead to collaborations in the schools and with the medical community. 


Presenting were:

Ana Areylis Cruz Cabrera      Poet, Author, Spoken Word Artist  & Songwriter.

Carolina Artentsen   Visual Artist/Painter

Marleny Luna            Actress, Spoken Word Poet,TV/radio Host
Evans Molina            Musician, Dancer, Visual Artist 
Pablo Youngs            Visual Artist
Sue Borhorquez        Visual Artist

For more information on each artist or to be listed on the Directory as a member, visit the Directory at RI Latino Artists.  

Our thanks to Latino Arts for being a RITAC partner for the 6 x 6. 

HEALING THROUGH THE ARTS: GROUP THEORY AND PRACTICE SEPTEMBER 30 REGISTER NOW!

Healing Through the Arts: Group Theory and Practice

September 30, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ray Conference Center, Butler Hospital

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The Healing Arts Committee at Butler Hospital is pleased to announce that online registration has opened for the one day educational seminar titled, “Healing through the Arts: Group Theory and Practice.” Held on Friday, September 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Ray Conference Center on the Butler Campus, conference attendees will learn the basics of group theory and the connection between art and healing, and practice skills for creating a healing environment. Featuring nationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral as the keynote speaker, the educational event also boasts a variety of break-out sessions that cover topics including dance and movement, visual arts, music, creative writing, yoga and more.

 

Continuing education credits are available for social workers and nurses. Discounted rates for students and professional will be applied. Register now online.

 

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.)