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10:15 AM – 11:45 AM | SESSION I

A. A 360-Degree View of the Teaching Artist Audition Process
Kati Koerner, Hiltz Director of Education, Lincoln Center Theater; Courtney J. Boddie, Director of Education/School Engagement, The New Victory Theater; Paul Brewster, Director of Teaching & Learning, Roundabout Theatre Company

This hands-on session for artists and program administrators will give participants a window into the teaching artist hiring processes of three major cultural institutions. Participants will take part in and evaluate sample audition activities and consider how best to showcase their teaching skills on an application or during an in-person audition. The session will also address the alignment of the teaching artist hiring process and institutional needs and values.

 

B. Creating Visionary Youth: Large Ensemble Improvisation and Young Musicians
Jeff Lederer, Co-Artistic Director, Youth Orchestra; Melanie Dyer, Director of Education, Arts for Art

The presenters will lead a workshop in large ensemble improvisation strategies, including conducting, visualization exercises, and the use of graphic scores and game pieces. The workshop will conclude with a demonstration by students from the Visionary Youth Orchestra and special guests.

 

C. How to Make Impact Evaluation Work for You
David Lavin, Founder and Director, Spark Impact; Aaron Siegel, Assistant Director of Learning and Engagement Programs, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute; Meredith Dean, Clinical Program Director, The Animation Project

Organizations of every size and capacity can integrate meaningful, doable, and affordable program assessment and evaluation into their processes in a way that serves institutional growth and learning. Learn from two organizations of contrasting size about how to manage and use an effective evaluation system, then hear an expert answer some of the burning questions from the field.

 

D. Redefining Power
Lucia Scheckner, Education Director, Donna Costello, Education Programs Consultant and Lead Facilitator, Angie Pittman, BAX Teaching Artist, Danielle “Dani” Criss, BAX Teaching Artist, Brooklyn Arts Exchange

This workshop invites participants to question manifestations of white supremacist power structures within dominant teaching/learning practices and, by following an “unconference-model” of facilitation, embody decentralized practices that resist historically dominant “power-over” teaching/learning models. The workshop will be participant-driven and grow from the questions and experiences of those who take part, while facilitators will also share questions with which the BAX community is wrestling, including how to manifest power-within and power-with rather than power-over in class environments.

 

E. The Art of Puppetry: Activating Student Artistry
Rachel Lee, Teaching Artist Coordinator, Teaching and Learning,  Curt James, Teaching Artist, Disney Theatrical Group

Step into the role of artist and performer in Disney Theatrical Group’s Art of Puppetry workshop. Through an exploration of puppetry in The Lion King on Broadway, participants will discover how to distill high-level artistic concepts and turn them into a scaffolded and engaging lesson. Through experiential learning followed by reapplication, participants will explore how to incorporate this type of scaffolding into their own work to give students freedom to explore their potential as creators.

 

F. The Power of Performance in Early Childhood Dance
Jennifer Eisenberg, Master Teaching Artist, Jerome Korman, Music Director, Aileen Barry, Senior Director of Education and Outreach, National Dance Institute

In this experiential workshop, two teaching artists—a dancer/choreographer and a musician—will model a unique approach to intertwining process and performance for early elementary children. This process-oriented class is situated in a “performance context”—a framework in which students are deeply immersed in the creative process and also able to demonstrate mastery for the “audience” of peers, teacher, and the larger community.

 

G. Thinking Space/Drawing Space
Andrea Kantrowitz, Assistant Professor, SUNY New Paltz

This workshop offers a series of challenges that reveal multiple aspects of visuospatial reasoning, integrating functional, imaginative, and expressive approaches that can be applied in the classroom. Understanding, manipulating, and transforming 2- and 3-D objects in the world and our minds takes visuospatial reasoning. Research links spatial skills to success in a host of creative endeavors, including STEM disciplines as well as art and design fields. Participants will build spatial skills through drawing and paper folding (and unfolding).

 

H. Welcoming Environment: Transforming Spaces in Nontraditional Settings
Marcus D. Johnson, Director of Programs, Justin Daniel, Associate Director of After School Programming, Opening Act

How do we develop a “welcoming environment” in a space that might not be our own and is not conducive to creating? In this workshop, attendees will be able to define what a “welcoming environment” looks like within their organization and develop concrete practices to foster such an environment in any space, even outside of the traditional classroom setting.

 

I. Meet-Up: Emerging Leaders
Mackie Saylor and Kyla McHale, Facilitators

This group comprises those who have recently transitioned to a leadership position in arts in education. They are passionate about making a significant contribution to the field but are still learning what’s required of them to succeed as leaders. Whether your career has just begun or you’re a seasoned veteran in a new position, join us to meet emerging colleagues, address the future of arts leadership, and discuss the exciting and challenging ways increased responsibility and visibility shape your professional goals.

 

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM | SESSION II

A. Learning in a Virtual Age: Technology as a Tool for Arts Education
Ilk Yasha, Ph.D, Studio Museum Institute Coordinator, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Bethany Tabor, Public Programs Associate, Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn

How can technology and art practice enhance the learning experience? Technology can be a tool in arts education, giving students creative and functional insights into the world around them. Technology also has an artistic end—allowing people to ideate, create, revise, and design. In this panel discussion we will use cases studies at Pioneer Works in Red Hook to show how technology can help us think about civic and public space in the context of arts education.

 

B. Embracing the Change: Integrating Hip-Hop into Arts Education
Warren Gramm, Manager of Program Outreach, Kenrick Wagner, Hip-Hop Content Coordinator, Little Kids Rock; Toni Blackman, Hip-Hop Educator

Let’s embrace hip-hop in the classroom and see how it can be introduced and utilized in a positive way. This workshop will help administrators and teachers to get a better understanding of hip-hop music’s influential voice in education and to identify the positive artists, producers, and sounds. The session will introduce you to writing techniques and culture-building activities, and give you access to an array of artists, playlists, and songs that support a classroom-friendly learning environment.

 

C. Increasing Accessibility in Visual Art Education for People Who Are Blind or Low Vision
Gabriella Ziocki, Associate Coordinator, ArtAccess Program, Queens Museum; Lindsay “Londs” Reuter, Access Programs Coordinator, Brooklyn Museum; Chancey Fleet, Assistive Technology Coordinator, New York Public Library Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

Professionals from Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Andrew Heiskell New York Public Library discuss the evolution, successes, and challenges of their programs and the future of art education for people who are blind or have low vision.

 

D. Shifting the Paradigm: Investing in the Next Generation of Arts Leaders (High School and Beyond)
Yanira Gonzalez, Education Coordinator, Jason Steer, Education Manager, Rebecca Cutino, Apollo Young Producer, Apollo Theater

Youth programs can be a catalyst in the development of the next generation of managers, technicians, producers, and artists. The Apollo Theater’s programs connect youth with professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industries and advance their career opportunities through hands-on experiences with behind-the-scenes jobs and professions. In this workshop, participants will learn how to implement youth-driven programming and events at their organizations to engage the next generation of artists and arts administrators.

 

E. Nuggets of Free: Supporting Uncensored Creative Spaces for Girls/Young Women of Color
Toya Lillard, Executive Director, Ianne Fields Stewart, Program Director, Juliany Taveras, Teaching Artist, viBe Theater Experience

This session will give participants useful strategies and techniques for collaborative art-making specifically and intentionally with girls/young women of color, many of whom face unique challenges in finding safer spaces to express themselves, uncensored and untethered by restrictions on what they say, how they speak, and/or misperceptions about their capabilities.

 

F. Expanding and Enriching the Ways We Evaluate Impact, Part I
Dennie Palmer Wolf, Principal, WolfBrown; Lindsey Buller Maliekel, Director of Education/Public Engagement, Jamie Roach, Teaching Artist Researcher, Val Ong, Senior Education Associate, The New Victory Theater

In this session, participants will explore how to expand and enrich the ways in which they measure the impact of their programs on youth. They will examine how the values and practices native to their artistic work can enrich the usual set of outcomes (e.g., grades, test scores, attendance data, etc.). The session will include examples from theater, visual arts, and creative writing that participants can build on to develop new approaches for their own current work.

 

G. Interactive Storytelling and the English Language Learner: Physicalizing Language, Part I
Helen Wheelock, Director, Early Learning Program, Courtney McClellan, Assistant Director, Early Learning Program, CUNY Creative Arts Team

This workshop explores how interactive storytelling practices support the English Language Learner in developing fluency and acquiring vocabulary. The focus will be on participants’ practice, exploring how by working intentionally to simplify, clarify, and physicalize their communication strategies they can help bridge gaps, diffuse tensions and miscommunication, and support building trust and collaboration between communities speaking diverse languages.

 

H. I Know Good Work Is Happening, But How Do I Talk About It?
Dr. Jennifer Katona, Director, Graduate Program in Educational Theatre, The City College of New York

How often have you been asked to describe the outcomes of your programming? Or to prove your school programs and partnerships are successful? You have stories to share of individual student growth, but how do you quantify this? How do you write about the growth of those students in a way funders and school administrators will understand and appreciate? How does your organization reflect internally to determine if you have designed a program that’s sustainable? This session will explore and discuss primary program evaluation strategies to help you build early-level evaluations.

 

I. Meet-Up: Parents
Lisa Mitchell and Jennifer DiBella, Facilitators

The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable parents’ meet-up group is designed for arts educators who are also parents (prospective, 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 more!

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | SESSION III

A. Deepening Social Justice Practice in Arts Education
Hannah Weitzer, Cofounder, Seachange Collective

How can we promote gender, racial, and economic justice through arts education programs, school activities, and daily interactions? How can we ensure that good intentions aren’t reinforcing inequalities or injustices? This interactive workshop uses real-life case studies to explore the distinction between charity and justice work, good intentions and effective impact, and assumed knowledge and community needs. Participants will leave with practical tools to thread meaningful social justice practices into their arts education work.

 

B. Funding Equity: Shifting the Paradigm from Sustainability to Thrivability
Durell Cooper, Founder & CEO, Cultural Innovation Group, LLC; Margaret Morton, Director of Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation; Holly Sidford, Codirector, Helicon Collaborative; Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Sharnita C. Johnson, Director of Arts, Dodge Foundation

Government, foundations, and arts nonprofits are becoming more aware of equity issues in the field, yet still just 2 percent of organizations receive 60 percent of all contributed revenue―an increase of 5 percent over the last decade. In this panel we will take a deeper look at the social and economic conditions that govern the nonprofit ecosystem and discuss effective methods to mitigate some systemic barriers and build a more thrivable future.

 

C. Lincoln Center’s Access Ambassadors: Self-Reflection and Peer Review Practices for Teens with Developmental Disabilities
Alison Mahoney, Manager, Accessibility, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center’s Access Ambassador program is a job-training program for young adults with developmental disabilities that incorporates in-school lessons and supervised volunteer shifts at Lincoln Center performances. This session, led by an Access Ambassador educator and administrator, will focus on self-reflection and peer review, as well as tools to modify these practices for different learning styles. We will also examine how student feedback and institutional support have shaped the program over its three years.

 

D. Teaching the Older Adult: Encouraging Creative Choices in Making Dances
Naomi Goldberg Haas, Founding Artistic Director, Magda Kaczmarska, Lead Teaching Artist, Ellen Graft, Guest Artist, Dances for a Variable Population

This workshop will explore best practices towards a range of movement choices in senior adult classes and instill an understanding of the mind‒body connection, particularly with a population that is sometimes reluctant to improvise. Working with three basic ideas—class structure, muscle strengthening, and prompts for imagination—DVP methods improve class attendance, enhance enjoyment, and build a greater understanding of the benefits of practicing dance as well as encouraging more creative expression in older adults.

 

E. The Art of Reflection: An interdisciplinary Approach to Learning
Mark LaRiviere, Cofounder and Chief Program Officer, Anya Levkovich, Program Coordinator, Children’s Arts Guild

Excite and engage your students with reflective techniques that connect creativity and self-expression to core classroom learning. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to deepen your students’ understanding of the elements of art and principles of design while integrating your lessons with language arts standards.

 

F. Expanding and Enriching the Ways We Evaluate Impact, Part II
Dennie Palmer Wolf, Principal, WolfBrown; Lindsey Buller Maliekel, Director of Education/Public Engagement, Jamie Roach, Teaching Artist Researcher, Val Ong, Senior Education Associate, The New Victory Theater

In this session, participants will explore how to expand and enrich the ways in which they measure the impact of their programs on youth, exploring how the values and practices native to their artistic work can enrich the usual set of outcomes (e.g., grades, test scores, attendance data, etc.). The session will include examples from theater, visual arts, and creative writing on which participants can build new approaches for their own current work.

 

G. Interactive Storytelling and the English Language Learner: Physicalizing Language, Part II
Helen Wheelock, Director, Early Learning Programs, Courtney McClellan, Assistant Director, Early Learning Program, CUNY Creative Arts Team

This workshop explores how interactive storytelling practices support the English Language Learner in developing fluency and acquiring vocabulary. The focus will be on participants’ practice: exploring how, by working intentionally to simplify, clarify, and physicalize their communication strategies, they can help bridge gaps, diffuse tensions and miscommunication, and support building trust and collaboration between communities speaking diverse languages.

 

H. Good Play/Bad Play: Why Trauma-Informed Approaches Are Vital in Our Schools
Rebecca Dolan, Programs Supervisor, Alicia Thompson, Senior Teaching Artist, ENACT, Inc.

In this workshop, participants will use active exploration and creative methods to learn about working with put-at-risk youth in challenging situations. Participants will explore how trauma can result in negative behavior manifestations and will gain a better understanding of how trauma can affect classroom climate. The session will utilize engaging game play, active discussion, and an empathy-based model for understanding trauma and trauma-informed approaches.

 

I. Meet-Up: Early Career Professional
Sarah Branch and Sarah Kutnowsky, Facilitators

This meet-up group is aimed toward individuals who are in the first steps of their career. 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. This is a time to meet with arts education professionals to create a peer group who can be a resource and support as you navigate your career path.