Face to Face 2016 Schedule & Breakout Sessions 2016

Date: April 27 & 28, 2016
Time: 8:30 am
Location: THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK : SHEPARD HALL 160 CONVENT AVENUE NEW YORK, NY 10031

FACE TO FACE 2016 SESSIONS

Session room location information is provided at the conference and on our Guidebook App. (See user’s guide)

PLEASE NOTE THAT BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ARE PROVIDED BOTH DAYS

Making Art Together – all-conference art installation – 2nd floor main hallway until 1:45 on Thursday.

WEDNESDAY, 4/27

Registration/breakfast: 8:30 – 9:30

Welcome/Opening Remarks

Student Short Film Screenings

Session I.  10:15 – 11:45 AM

a. Going Up and Away: Creating Theater for Young People on the Autism Spectrum, Part 1 (Lincoln Center Education)

Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Artistic Director, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company/Associate Director of Programming and Production, Lincoln Center Education; Drew Petersen, Associate Artistic Director, Aliza Greenberg, Autism and Education Specialist, Robert Stevenson, Artistic Associate, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company

In 2015, Lincoln Center Education and Trusty Sidekick Theater Company premiered UP AND AWAY, an original immersive piece of theater designed specifically for young people on the autism spectrum. Using this experience as a case study, members of the creative team offer strategies for engaging students on the spectrum using theater, and offer ways that these techniques can enhance arts-learning for an under-served population.

b. We Gotta Stay Fresh: Learning to Build an Engaging, Exciting, Relevant and Informative Curriculum  (Urban Arts Partnership)

James Miles, Fresh Professor, Nick James, Curriculum Designer for Fresh Ed, Michael Wiggins, Director of Education, Jamel Mims, Fresh Prep Manager, Urban Arts Partnership

Participants will be taken through the process of building a year-long plan for arts integrated instruction in an ELA and Social Studies classroom. This professional development workshop will introduce the necessary elements of a Fresh Curriculum (youth culture, growth mindset, student/teacher roles, Common Core, SEL, Visual Inquiry Activities, Vygotsky’s Processes, Performance Assessment, and Art Form) and how to put those elements together to build a firm, yet easily adaptable structure of implementation.

c. From the Classroom to the Capitol: Current Trends in Arts and Education Advocacy and Policy (The Center for Arts Education)

Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Arts Education; Alex Sarian, Director of Business Development, Lincoln Center Education; Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Coordinator, Americans for the Arts; Jessica Diaz, Program Director, Broadway Bound Kids

This session will explore current trends in arts and education policy and reflect on the role of advocacy in expanding access to arts education. Panelists will discuss burgeoning arts education initiatives underway in the New York, Chicago, and districts across the nation, as well as federal and state policy efforts that may impact arts instruction. Participants will be asked to join a discussion on how to capitalize on this growing momentum to expand access in their communities.

d. Perception: Interception (Dreamyard)

Moriah Carlson, Visual Arts Department Director, Lisa Green, Dance and Music Department Director, Ellen Hagan, Poetry and Theater Department Director, DreamYard Project

How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? What are the ways these perceptions hurt us? How can we subvert or change these perceptions? In this interactive workshop, participants will use a multidisciplinary approach (writing, visual art and movement) to investigate their own identity and how that fits into our communities, neighborhoods and societies. We will create art and open dialogue about how to subvert, challenge and eventually change these perceptions.

e. Evaluation, Assessment and Research 101: How to DIY (Carnegie Hall)

Elizabeth Ferguson, Manager of Community Programs, Tiffany Ortiz, Associate for Family Programs, Joseph Soucy, Manager of Artist Training Programs, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

We all want to understand the impact of our programs, in order to improve them and communicate their value to others. What are some DIY evaluation, assessment, and research tools that we can use ourselves, or when is it worth investing in paid evaluation with consultants? This workshop will introduce the world of evaluation, build on the knowledge of those in the room, and help you establish a simple plan to start using the tools shared in the workshop.

f. Identifying and Articulating Your Personal TA Philosophy (Lincoln Center Education)

Jean E. Taylor, Teaching Artist, John Holyoke, Assistant Director, Pre-K–12 and Higher Education, Lincoln Center Education

This session will help us as teaching artists actively connect with the WHY of our work. Our personal teaching artist philosophy can serve as a foundation and an inspiration, supporting excellence and sustainability in our work for multiple organizations. In this workshop we will explore examples from our individual body of teaching artist work, mining those examples for deeply held beliefs about arts, education, and the role of teaching artistry in schools and community settings.

g. Jazz Tools to Engage Creativity and Community (The Jazz Drama Program)

Shireen Dickson, Program Specialist, Eli Yamin, Artistic Director, The Jazz
Drama Program

Rooted in its work developing and producing original jazz musicals on socially relevant topics for children, The Jazz Drama Program’s methodology is rooted in multi-disciplinary collaboration, and achieving total group engagement. By exploring fundamental concepts like syncopation, poly-rhythm, sourcing story and making soulful sounds, participants will gain concrete tools to unleash the unique power and creativity of the jazz arts in multiple contexts.

h. Meet-up: Parents

Jennifer DiBella, Facilitator

The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable parents’ meet-up group is designed for arts educators who are also parents (both new and seasoned). This session will offer you a place to gather and discuss relevant issues and challenges. Share your child-care woes, stories of how you are managing a healthy work/life balance, secret parent resources, ideas for kid-friendly events, and much, much more!

12:00 – 12:10 PM  Tribute to Jessica Wilt

12:10 – 1:00 PM Keynote Address, Marc Bamuthi Joseph

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch

Session II.  2:15 – 3:45 PM

a. Going Up and Away: Creating Theater for Young People on the Autism Spectrum, Part 2 (Lincoln Center Education)

Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Artistic Director, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company/Associate Director of Programming and Production, Lincoln Center Education; Drew Petersen, Associate Artistic Director, Aliza Greenberg, Autism and Education Specialist, Robert Stevenson, Artistic Associate, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company

In 2015, Lincoln Center Education and Trusty Sidekick Theater Company premiered UP AND AWAY, an original immersive piece of theater designed specifically for young people on the autism spectrum. Using this experience as a case study, members of the creative team offer strategies for engaging students on the spectrum using theater, and offer ways that these techniques can enhance arts-learning for an under-served population.

b. Unpacking Unconscious Bias to Create Better Devised Theater, Part 1 (Opening Act)

Cathleen Carr, Program Director, Marcus Denard Johnson, Assistant Program Director, Opening Act

Drawing on social science theory and classroom practice, this two-part workshop will engage Teaching Artists in a discussion on how unconscious bias impacts a student’s ability to learn, create and feel safe in the workshop space. Through reflection, discussion and practice, participants will gain knowledge and practical strategies to facilitate a workshop space where student identities are respected and challenging subject matter can be courageously explored to create original theater. Participants are highly encouraged to attend both sessions.

c. Creating an Advocacy Plan that Works for You (The City College of New York)

Jennifer Katona, Director, Graduate Program in Educational Theatre, The City College of New York; Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

This session will offer attendees a primer on the current state of arts policy at the federal, state and local levels and then take attendees through the process of writing an individual advocacy plan that explores the ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ ask that directly impacts their day-to-day work in the arts and schools.

d. Making Performance Personal: Finding Yourself Onstage (Theatre Development Fund)

Ginger Meagher, Associate Education Director, Shelah Marie, Teaching Artist/Mix Tape Maker, Allie Relihan, Education and Community Programs Manager, Daniel Renner, Education Director, Theatre Development Fund

A replicable workshop model that allows teachers, teaching artists, educators and facilitators to take a group of individuals, guide them to see what they find valuable in a live performance, and creatively voice that response.

e. Working in the Classical Music Space: A Conversation for Program Administrators, Teaching Artists, and School Personnel (PK Orchestra Solutions/PK Arts Solutions)

Polly Kahn, Principal, PK Orchestra Solutions/PK Art Solutions

This session is a conversation among peers working in classical music –  including chamber and symphonic music, opera, youth orchestras, El-Sistema-inspired programs, and community music schools. Curated by the group, we will explore issues, perhaps unique to this genre, that are challenges for our work. What can we learn from one another that can make us more effective in our own institutions, and supportive of one another?

f. Discovering the Capacity and Resources Within: Valuing the Experience of the Teaching Artist (Joan Mitchell Foundation)

Travis Laughlin, Director of Art Education Program, Saul Chernick, Professional Development Program Manager, Antonia Perez, Peer Coach and Artist-Teacher, Joan Mitchell Foundation

Organizations often seek professional development from “outsiders” without fully examining the wealth of expertise held by their own teaching staff.  This session explores strategies for using staff as resources for professional development. Participants will examine their own organizational challenges and discuss ways to that teaching staff can be used to meet them. Learn how the Foundation incorporated the experiences and knowledge of Artist-Teachers into its professional development program through peer-led workshops, coaching, and curricular resources.

g. Likeability: Highlighting Your Identity on Social Media (The New Victory Theater)

Christopher Ritz-Totten, Public Relations Associate, Zack Ramadan, Digital Content Producer, The New Victory Theater

Social media presence has become increasingly crucial in promoting and elevating a brand. What does it mean to represent your identity successfully as an artist or arts organization on social media? What are best practices when it comes to telling your story and showcasing your artistic content? Participants will learn the importance of using social media thoughtfully and will devise sample content for four distinct digital platforms. Ready your smartphones!

h. Meet up: Teaching Artists

James Miles, Facilitator

Designed for teaching artists at varied levels in the arts-in-education field, this group will address concerns of professionalism, personal empowerment, work/life balance, and other associated issues. This session will look to address the different career paths possible for teaching artists and how one defines success.

Session III. 4:00 – 5:30 PM

a. Let’s Do the Partnership Dance!: How to Build Successful Teacher-Artist Collaborations that Evolve with the Years (92nd Street Y)

Carina Rubaja, Teaching Artist, 92nd Street Y; Michele Lambrech, Teacher, PS 278 Manhattan

A classroom teacher and a teaching artist will share the history of their partnership presenting 6 co-teaching models and showing them on video of their actual work. A creative movement experience will provide an opportunity to reflect on  the benefits and challenges of partnerships and deepen understanding on collaboration strategies in the planning, implementation and assessment phases  of partnerships as they evolve from novice to advanced. Participants will brainstorm applications to their own practice.

b. Unpacking Unconscious Bias to Create Better Devised Theater, Part 2 (Opening Act)

Cathleen Carr, Program Director, Marcus Denard Johnson, Assistant Program Director, Opening Act

Drawing on social science theory and classroom practice, this two-part workshop will engage Teaching Artists in a discussion on how unconscious bias impacts a student’s ability to learn, create and feel safe in the workshop space. Through reflection, discussion and practice, participants will gain knowledge and practical strategies to facilitate a workshop space where student identities are respected and challenging subject matter can be courageously explored to create original theater. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend both sessions.

c. Learning Through Feedback: Making Assessment a Core Routine of Practice

Don Glass, Arts Education Evaluation Consultant; Karen Rosner, Coordinator of Visual Arts, New York City Department of Education; Robert Sabol, Professor, Purdue University; Kati Koerner, Director of Education, Lincoln Center Theater

The learning sciences tell us that our brains are goal-directed, and that feedback is central to learning. This is as true for educators as it is for students. We all need focused and meaningful information about our effort and progress towards our artistic, academic, and non-cognitive goals. This panel will share recent development work on systems of arts assessment that are setting the stage for you to grow your assessment literacy and use.

d. Multidisciplinary Arts Learning: Opera in the Classroom (Opera America)

Leah D. Wilson, Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America; Stuart Holt, Director of School Programs and Community Engagement, Metropolitan Opera Guild

Discover a creative process that fuses drama, music and poetry to support K-12 student learning. From staging a scene based on literature to telling stories through music, opera can enliven classrooms and provide multiple entry points for learning. Experience first-hand how the multidisciplinary arts embodies 21st century skills, aligns with school-based standards, and easily connects to various curricula. With the latest research findings and resources from the field, learn how opera can support your arts education work.

e. Enrique’s Journey: Examining an Immigration Narrative with English Language Learners through Drama (Lincoln Center Theatre)

Alexandra López, Associate Director, Andrea Dishy, Education Projects Manager, Lincoln Center Theater Education Program; Margaret Mahoney, NYC DOE ESL/ELA Teacher, New World High School

In summer 2015, Lincoln Center Theater partnered with a Bronx ESL teacher using Enrique’s Journey–a non-fiction account of a Honduran youth’s harrowing journey to the US. Hear from the classroom teacher about how combining theater with language arts helped English Language Learners develop speaking skills and a deeper understanding of the text. Participants will experience learning through theater strategies that make the story accessible and invites students to connect personally with the theme.

f. Media Arts and the New Core Standards: Real-World Connections Between Cameras, Classrooms, and Curriculum (Magic Box Productions)

Nelle Stokes, Executive Director, Magic Box Productions

Nearly everyone has a camera in their phone, yet intentional media arts instruction is often missing from classrooms.  Media arts standards are a dynamic part of the voluntary national core arts standards and the NYC DOE Blueprints.  Learn how to  use the standards to support this real-world learning model for young people and make meaningful connections to a unique discipline.  Participants will gain practical strategies for incorporating media arts instruction within a variety of settings.

g. Resource Exchange: Cross-Organizational Collaboration to Support Teaching Artist Professional Development (Community-Word Project)

Patricia A. Chilsen, Program Director for Teaching Artist Training and Internships, Community-Word Project; Courtney J. Boddie, President of the Board of Directors, Association of Teaching Artists; Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers, Associate Director of Professional Development, DreamYard Project; Brooke Rogers, Education Director, Wingspan Arts

This dynamic panel of diverse organizations (Community-Word Project, Free Arts NYC, ATA, and DreamYard) will present four different models of TA Professional Development, including cross-organizational collaboration and sharing TA training resources to support Teaching Artist professional development and further the wider field of arts education/community arts. We will workshop new resource networks between participants, brainstorm challenges and creative solutions, and devise plans for further collaborations. Take-aways include draft plans, tips sheet, and inspiration from colleagues.

h. Meet-up: Emerging Leaders

Kathleen Dorman, Facilitator

This group comprises those who have recently transitioned to a leadership position and are passionate about making a significant contribution to the field, but are still learning all that is required of them to succeed as leaders. Whether you are young in your career or a seasoned veteran in the field of arts in education, join us to discuss the exciting and challenging ways that increased responsibility and visibility shape your professional goals.

5:45 – 7:00 PM – Reception at NAC Faculty Dining Room

THURSDAY, 4/28

8:30 – 9:15 Registration and Breakfast

Session IV.  9:30 – 11 AM

a. Restorative Arts Circles: A Creative Arts Approach to Restorative Practice in Schools (Counseling in Schools)

David Kener, Program Director, Kristen Brooks, Counselor, Wade Colwell-Sandoval, Counselor and Consultant, Karen Bagnini, Program Manager, Counseling in Schools

How does Restorative Practice and art-making create a safe place where opportunities for increased self-awareness, social and emotional engagement and relationship building thrive? Restorative Circles are rooted in the acknowledgment of our cultural realities and support the spirit of collaboration. Participants will use music, drama, storytelling and movement to develop emotional literacy, build community and promote healing through a restorative and artistic lens.

b. Youth Development through Student-Centered Music Education: An Examination of Assessment Practices Across Multiple Organizations (Amp Up NYC)

Bryan Powell, Director of Programs, Amp Up NYC; Ryan Zellner, National Program Director, Little Kids Rock; Lindsay Weiss, Senior Research Associate, Center for Arts Education Research at Teachers College

This session will review best practices in music education assessment through a review of assessment instruments created by the Center for Arts Education Research at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as The Child Mind Institute for use examining youth development and popular music programs in public schools.  Specifically, this session will explore the following metrics: Teacher Musical Development, Teacher Non-Musical Development, Youth Musical Development, and Youth Non-Musical Development.

c. Answering the Call! Responding to Proposals for Partnership (Marquis Studios)

David Marquis, Executive Director, Erica Rooney, Visual Arts Teaching Artist and Creative Arts Therapist, Susan Gonzalez, Visual Arts Teaching Artist, Marquis Studios; Susanne Bifano, Visual Arts Teaching Artist

We love and want to partner! How do we decide where and when to pursue partnerships? In this panel, participants will examine a partnership between Marquis Studios/VSA-NYC and Arts for All Initiative in Sudan. We will deconstruct the process of building a partnership with a community abroad and what the potential benefits and challenges are. Participants will devise their own strategies to respond to a community call within their own context.

d. Moving Beyond “I Have a Dream” (Teaching Artists Group & CCNY)

Michael Wiggins, Teaching Artist, Teaching Artist Group; Sobha Kavanakudiyil, Faculty, Graduate Program in Educational Theatre, The City College of New York

How can we move beyond just talking about the dream of a diverse society to taking specific action steps to achieve equity and justice? This workshop is for arts educators and administrators who want to take positive action intentionally to bring more people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities into positions of power and agency within the field of arts education.

e. Fundamental Practices in Creating Space for Authentic Collaboration Towards Making Original Work (Brooklyn Arts Exchange)

Donna Costello, Education Programs Consultant, Lucia Scheckner, Education Director, Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Establishing an open and trusting environment is essential to a healthy learning environment. It is the facilitator’s role to create and hold this space so that collaboration and creativity can flourish. Through activities and discussion this workshop will make connections to the daily rituals of the class and the art making we strive to engage in with young performing artists. We will identify four best teaching practices and apply these strategies to the spaces we facilitate.

f. Work Sample Videos: The Why and the How (NYC Arts In Education Roundtable)

Jennifer Clarke, Managing Director, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable; Nelle Stokes, Executive Director, Magic Box Productions; Christine Leahy, Arts Program Director: Arts Education and Facilities Programs, New York State Council on the Arts

Arts education organizations submit brief videos of their work to the New York State Council on the Arts and other funders each year in a highly competitive grant application process. Does your video effectively demonstrate how teaching artists and students interact and how the classroom session impacts learning? Does it capture the uniqueness of your program? In this session, a representative from NYSCA and videographer Nelle Stokes will share insights and tips through sample screening, discussion, and hands-on activity.

g. Meet-up: Senior Staff

Philip Alexander, Facilitator

Designed for mid-career professionals in the arts in education field who have achieved senior levels in their respective organizations, this group will address concerns of professional mobility, personal empowerment, work/life balance, and other associated issues. More than a kvetching circle, we’ll discuss how we might shape the arts in education field as current and future leaders and as those who support up-and-coming leaders.

11:15 – 12:30 PM Keynote Address, Scott Barry Kaufman

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch, Book Signing

Session V. 1:45 – 3:15 PM

a. Arts on the Margins: Working with Court-Involved and Homeless Populations (Manhattan Theatre Club)

David Shookhoff, Director of Education, Manhattan Theatre Club; Thomas Cabaniss, Music Educator; Kai Fierle-Hedrick, Director of Programs and Community Partnerships, Free Arts NYC

Providing high-quality arts programs and instruction to incarcerated and homeless populations presents unique administrative, logistical, and pedagogical challenges.  Three practitioners representing three art forms will discuss how they have addressed these challenges and will share strategies and practices that can help ensure meaningful and engaging arts experiences for youth and families in difficult circumstances.

b. Everyone Can Dance! Pursuing Artistic Excellence with Children with Disabilities (National Dance Institute)

Aileen Barry, Program Director, Kay Gayner, Director of NDI/China Project, National Dance Institute; Agnes McConlogue Ferro, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Stony Brook University

NDI’s DREAM Project (Dancers Realizing Excellence through Arts and Movement) pairs children with disabilities with typically developing peers in an innovative, partnership- and performance-based dance class. Our interactive workshop will explore a variety of ways to engage students of all abilities, encourage teamwork, and create theme-based choreography that highlights all dancers. Participants will gain skills and confidence to create choreography for diverse populations and explore how these techniques translate to their own work.

c. Recognizing Unconscious Bias and Reconsidering Cultural Relevance (Sugarhill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling)

Jennifer Ifil-Ryan, Associate Director, Education and Community Engagement, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling; Claudia Dishon, Manager of School Programs, The Queens Museum

In an era where community needs are recognized as a driving factor for arts programming, educators and facilitators need to consider how to design programs that are relevant to the people they serve. This workshop challenges participants to unearth some of their own unconscious biases and consider ways to develop culturally relevant curricula.

d. Write On with Song (TADA!)

Rod Christensen, Director of Education, Stacey Bone-Gleason, Kimberly Hale, and Robby Stamper, Teaching Artists, TADA! Youth Theater

Using elements of musical theater this workshop will demonstrate how facilitators (e.g., classroom teachers/teaching artists) can use techniques to co-create original work with grades 4-8. The workshop will focus on how to: 1) engage students in the development of a story (script) based on an assigned theme, and 2) explore and then implement one of three techniques used to co-create original work that supports creative writing, dramatic devices and/or musical play.

e. Contemplate, Investigate, Collaborate, Create! Movement, Sound, Narrative, and Visual Art as a Way of Responding to and Making Art (Symphony Space)

Madeline Cohen, Education Director, Regina Larkin, Manager of Education Programs, Symphony Space

Why take a workshop in a discipline you don’t work or teach in? It can help you understand a new work of art. You can see your own art form with more clarity.  It can put the demonstrated pedagogy in higher relief.  And . . . . it’s fun!  You’ll work in “art-diverse” groups to explore one work of art.  That exploration will result in a new work of art. CCLS and other skills will be highlighted.

f. What’s Your Generation’s Story? 

Rachel Evans, Teaching Artist; Julie Kline, Artistic Associate, Roots & Branches

Young people and seniors often don’t find the time to connect outside of family gatherings. This can lead to misunderstandings and stereotyping between the generations. Creative collaboration between generations aims to debunk these myths, and builds connections and understanding. In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in activities designed for a group of seniors and young people to do together. Afterwards, participants will reflect on the experience and facilitators will share best practices, challenges, and how to implement similar programs.

g. Deep Impact: How the Performing Arts Reach Kids (The New Victory Theater)

Ben Weber, Education Programs Associate, Erica Reinsch and Carolyn Charpie Fagan, Education Programs Managers, The New Victory Theater; Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, Principal, WolfBrown

How can we assess the impact of the arts on students beyond the traditional metrics of test scores, grades, and attendance? In this workshop, participants will become familiar with the ways in which The New Victory Theater is currently investigating the intrinsic impact of the arts on students through the lens of the following constructs: Feel, Relate, Learn, Create.  Attendees will participate in a model pre-show workshop to identify these constructs in action.

h. Meet-up: Junior Staff

Rachel Friedman, Facilitator

This meet-up group is aimed toward individuals who are in the first portion of their careers. We will discuss our professional journeys, how to gain the skills needed for our current and future career goals, and other relevant and interesting topics in the arts-in-education field.

3:30 – 4:15 PM Closing

Display of All-Conference Art Installation

Student Short Film Screening

Closing Remarks by Laurie Cumbo, NYC Council Member, District 35 (Brooklyn)

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