A. Bridging the Gap: Helping Veterans Share Their Stories
David Surface, Director, Veterans Writing Workshop; Kara Krauze, Founder & Director, Voices from War; Matt Gallagher, Founder & Director, Instructor, Voices After War; Jan Berry, New Jersey Coordinator, Warrior Writers Project
Interested in starting an arts program for veterans? Writing workshops provide arts organizations with a simple and effective way to become more inclusive of the veterans community. In this panel with leaders of top veterans’ writing programs in the NYC area, arts organizations and educators will gain valuable insights, ask questions, and reflect on how their own organizations can connect with the veterans community through the medium of creative writing.
B. Context and Perspective: Collaborative Designs for Urban Landmarks, Monuments, and Memorials
Kenneth Jones, Executive Director, Malika Khalsa, Education Director, Juliana Wong, Senior Educator, Andrew Coletti, Educator, Salvadori Center
Participants will experience a collaborative approach to project-based learning (PBL) as they design and build a landmark, monument, or memorial that addresses a community issue. They will learn by doing as they model a student educational experience. PBL instructional techniques as well as architecture, design, and art concepts; material exploration; and the manipulation of scale and proportion will be incorporated into the challenge. Participants will learn a dynamic approach to using art to engage communities.
C. Flamenco Pa’ Todos: Inclusive Classroom Strategies for Students with Disabilities
Juana Cala, Dance Teaching Artist, Greg Melnick, Guitar Teaching Artist, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana; Rachel McCaulsky, Dance Teacher, P.S. 396K
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and P.S. 396K present a workshop on developing flexible and effective classroom strategies, props, and tools for working with students with disabilities using flamenco dance, music, and rhythm. Participants will engage in a hands-on flamenco workshop, explore the values of that experience, and articulate how it might support students’ IEP goals and align with work being done with related service providers.
D. The Arts Education Partnership: Tools, Resources, Actions, and Opportunities for the Arts Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
Jane Best, Director, Kate Wolff, Assistant Director, Arts Education Partnership
The presenters will provide an overview of the Education Commission of the States and its work administering the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). Established through a cooperative agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education, AEP is the nation’s hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students. This session will include an overview of the work of AEP, AEP tools and resources, actions and opportunities for the arts within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and current AEP projects to highlight the importance of students’ access to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.
E. Stargate Theatre: Theatre-Making and Youth Justice, Part l
Judy Tate, Teaching Artist, Founding Artistic Director, Paul Gutkowski, Teaching Artist/Company Manager, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stargate Theatre; Wade Handy, Assistant Director of Education, Manhattan Theatre Club
Theatre-making offers unique opportunities for justice-system-involved and otherwise disconnected young people to develop skills necessary to navigate today’s society. Stargate Theatre hires such young men to create and perform an original play each summer. Part I of this workshop focuses on program design. Session participants will explore organizational strategies to address some of the societally imposed challenges and trauma these youth face.
F. Too Much School, Not Enough Education: Lessons from 30 years of Culturally Affirming Arts Education
Dr. Angela Fatou Gittens, Executive Artistic Director, Chiwoniso Kaitano, Executive Director, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy; Alade McKen, M.S. Ed. Doctoral Candidate, Social and Cultural Studies of Education at Iowa State University, School of Education
This panel explores how supplemental programs (after-school, integrated programming, and Saturday Schools) provide a culturally affirming and nurturing environment for students who may not receive inclusive and culturally sensitive education during school hours. We discuss how specific programs such as Rites of Passage and Cultural History promote discipline, foster creativity, and provide solid grounding as students mature into adolescents and then young adults. We will also talk about the methodology, pedagogy, and outcomes of our African-centered educational approach specifically as it relates to communities of color and immigrant communities.
G. Meet-Up: Senior Staff
Mitch Mattson and Michelle López, Facilitators
Designed for senior-level staff from the arts in education field, this session will give space for participants to share pain points and success stories with one another. Topics such as leading courageously, supporting staff, and finding balance will guide our discussions. We’ll use the knowledge in the room and connect with our colleagues from organizations across the city.