Professional Development

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

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.

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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RITAC 6x6: "The Power of Play: Youth Development & Educational Advancement"

 6x6 "The Power of Play" panelists pose for a group photo after their 6-minute presentations about the value of play in their creative process and work with youth in Ashamu Dance Theater at Brown University. From left to right: Anjel Newmann, Aneudy Alba, Pierre Arreola, Matthew Garza, Michele Baer, and Javier Nunez.

6x6 "The Power of Play" panelists pose for a group photo after their 6-minute presentations about the value of play in their creative process and work with youth in Ashamu Dance Theater at Brown University. From left to right: Anjel Newmann, Aneudy Alba, Pierre Arreola, Matthew Garza, Michele Baer, and Javier Nunez.

Brown University's Department of Theatre Arts & Performing Arts Studies kicked off RITAC's first 6x6 of 2018, "The Power of Play: Youth Development & Educational Advancement". Speakers were Anjel Newmann (Director of AS220 Youth in Providence), Aneudy Alba (Youth Engagement Associate of New Urban Arts), Pierre Arreola (Executive Director of the GR818ERS), Matthew Garza (Dance Artist in Residence at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts), Michele Baer (New York Community Trust), and Javier Nunez (Teaching Artist for Providence CityArts).  Click here to read The Providence Journal's review of this event. Thanks to Brown U and RISCA for bringing New Urban Arts, AS220 Youth, Providence CityArts, and TAPA, together with Brown alumni who are doing youth development work in the arts! #RITAC

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
 

Register

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.

2017 Arts Education Partnerships Annual Convening on Sept. 6-7

Registration is now open for the 2017 AEP Annual Convening on Sept. 6-7 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.! The 2017 AEP Annual Convening will explore arts-centered solutions aimed at ensuring America’s youth have access to a high-quality education in and through the arts by addressing the priority areas outlined in AEP’s Action Agenda. Register now!

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. 

Connecting with the Teaching Artists Guild

The Teaching Artists Guild shares a couple of great resources to find your tribe online: you can connect with other teaching artists on their LinkedIn discussion group, on the Teaching Artists Failing Forward Facebook group, by using the#teachingartists hashtag on Twitter, or you can even contact specific teaching artists directly through their online directory. We are all hungry for a feeling of community in this profession- the internet can be a fantastic resource for that.

 

 

NEA webinar showcases new report on creativity and aging

 

NEA webinar showcases new report on creativity and aging

 

Live, public webinar on Wednesday, February 3, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

 

More than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day, and the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. is women over age 85. What role can the arts play in ensuring healthy aging for this growing population?  Learn more at the February 3 webinar, which introduces a white paper of recommendations from the May 2015 Summit on Creativity and Aging in America, a convening of more than 70 experts hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging.  An archived version will be available at arts.gov.

 

The paper highlights recommendations on healthy aging, lifelong learning in the arts, and age-friendly community design.  The summit was a precursor to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which addressed four major issues: retirement security, long-term services and supports, healthy aging, and elder abuse. The webinar will cover the main findings from the summit, including opportunities to use the arts to help develop vibrant, healthy communities and services for older adults.

 

Speakers:

 

·         Beth Bienvenu, Accessibility Director, National Endowment for the Arts, will moderate the webinar

·         Gay Hanna, Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging

·         Nora Super, Director, 2015 White House Conference on Aging

Live, public webinar on Wednesday, February 3, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

 

More than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day, and the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. is women over age 85. What role can the arts play in ensuring healthy aging for this growing population?  Learn more at the February 3 webinar, which introduces a white paper of recommendations from the May 2015 Summit on Creativity and Aging in America, a convening of more than 70 experts hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging.  An archived version will be available at arts.gov.

 

The paper highlights recommendations on healthy aging, lifelong learning in the arts, and age-friendly community design.  The summit was a precursor to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which addressed four major issues: retirement security, long-term services and supports, healthy aging, and elder abuse. The webinar will cover the main findings from the summit, including opportunities to use the arts to help develop vibrant, healthy communities and services for older adults.

Speakers:

 

·         Beth Bienvenu, Accessibility Director, National Endowment for the Arts, will moderate the webinar

·         Gay Hanna, Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging

·         Nora Super, Director, 2015 White House Conference on Aging

To join the webinar

The webinar takes place on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. It is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at giffords@arts.gov. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available at http://arts.gov/videos/webinars.

 

Follow the conversation @NEAarts and @CreativityAging with the hashtag #CreativeAgeSummit.

 

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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.