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!


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