Arts Education Programming

Taking It to the Schools: Community Experiences in Fine Arts

The Arkansas Department of Education is offering its professional development workshop series, "Taking It to the Schools: Community Experiences in Fine Arts," for its third summer.
The department is partnered with the Arkansas Arts Council and Arkansans for the Arts to bring one-day trainings to teachers in assorted arts-related fields. They hope to encourage collaborations between school art programs and community arts organizations.
There will be four different workshops within the series offered, and each will be presented eight times. Each of the four are aimed at a specific discipline within the arts - one for visual art, one for theater and dance, and two for music. Each will be presented by one classroom teacher and one teaching artist. These workshops focus on teaching art, but are offered to teachers as well as people involved in community art.
The series came together from a grant from Americans for the Arts' State Policy Pilot Project (SP3) which gave the opportunity to ten states to promote art education, Arkansas being one of them. Lana Hallmark, the fine arts program advisor for the Arkansas Department of Education was responsible for putting the workshops together.
"Part of the goal of the workshop series is to show teachers what the Arkansas Fine Arts Academic Standards look like in the classroom," Hallmark said.
Hallmark's position in the Arkansas Department of Education makes her also an advisor for ARftA. 
"I feel that a strong education in the arts gives students life skills such as creativity, confidence, and problem-solving that make them successful in life," Hallmark said. "An education in the arts makes students better human beings by developing empathy for other people and cultures and giving them a lifelong appreciation for beauty and design."

Teachers, teaching artists, and community arts participants are invited to attend one-day trainings which focus on the potential collaborations between school arts programs and community arts organizations. Participants will take away a series of instructional modules developed by the team of trainers. These modules will provide arts educators with rich resources that are specific to the artistic discipline they teach and aligned to the Arkansas Fine Arts Academic Standards.
 
Registration is open for classroom teachers with accounts through escWorks (search 'All' co-ops and enter 'Community Experiences'). LRSD Teachers should register through the LRSD PD registration page and PCSSD should follow registration instructions on the 2018 PCSSD Summer Professional Development Calendar. Registration is open for all other interested parties at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/FvelRVPMg6sCJOFn2
 
Taking It to the Schools III: Community Experiences in Visual Art
Presenters: Joy Schultz (Episcopal Collegiate) and teaching artist Jeri Hillis (AAC Arts in Education) will combine a look at collage artists and making collage art with a discussion of choice-based art.
Hosts:  Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale on June 13; Mena Art Gallery in Mena on June 14; Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock on June 15; DeltaArts in West Memphis on June 21; Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View on June 22; Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff on June 28; South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado on June 29
 
Taking It to the Schools III: Community Experiences in Music
Presenters: Patty Oeste (Conway Public Schools) and teaching artist Sheldon Harden (AAC Arts in Education) will create and utilize an 'escape room' as a formative or summative assessment related to the study of the elements of music.
Hosts:  Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale on June 21; Ouachita Little Theatre in Mena on June 20; Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock on June 8; DeltaArts in West Memphis on June 18; Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View on June 12; Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff on June 14; South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado on June 15
 
Taking It to the Schools III: Community Experiences in Theatre and Dance
Presenters: Wyatt Hamilton (Bauxite Public Schools) and teaching artist Stephanie Thibeault (AAC Arts in Education and UALR) will lead participants in examining the difference between character and caricature, experimenting with related movement and dance, and tying the study of character into important discussions about diversity.
Hosts:  Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale on June 28; Ouachita Little Theatre in Mena on June 27; Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock on June 11; DeltaArts in West Memphis on June 19; Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View on June 20; Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff on June 13; South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado on June 14
 
 
Taking It to the Schools III:  Community Experiences in Music
Sponsored by the Arkansas Music Educators Association, guest presenter Brian Hiller will lead a live workshop at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock on July 24, 2018. Mr. Hiller is Associate Professor of Music at Hofstra University, Music Specialist in Westchester County, New York, and Orff Level I and II Pedagogy Instructor. Mr. Hiller will present a six-hour, hands-on workshop with participants singing, moving, and playing a variety of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. The workshop will include several full processed lessons which will include warm-ups, lessons, performances, and extension activities and dynamic choral pieces for use with upper-grade choirs. Information and registration for the live event can be found on the Arkansas Music Educators Association website.
The workshop will be livestreamed to all education service co-operatives and one location in Little Rock. Registration for the livestreamed sessions is available at the standard sources referenced above.
For further information contact Lana Hallmark, Fine Arts Program Advisor, Arkansas Department of Education, 501-682-7590 or lana.hallmark@arkansas.gov

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