Layers of Learning


Frumie Selchen 
Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire & NECAP 

NE Foundation for the Arts - Boston, MA

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 1 to 4 pm

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New England Foundation for the Arts 
145 Tremont St., 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

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Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, ME

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 1 to 4 pm

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Sanctuary Arts
117 Bolt Hill Road, Eliot ME

Layers of Learning:                              School Connections for Your Teaching Artist Practice

Wednesday, May 23, 1 to 4 pm
New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston

Please note: The Boston workshop is now full. You are welcome to register, clicking below and signing up  on the waiting list; we will notify you if a space becomes available.

Register now - Boston!

Wednesday, May 30, 1 to 4 pm
Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, Maine

Register now - Eliot!

For new and experienced teaching artists in all disciplines who work in -- or are interested in working in -- schools

This workshop, focusing on the intersection of artistic goals with school agendas and requirements, is for both new teaching artists and those who have been in the field for many years. The workshop will help teaching artists:

  • Frame their work (including one-time workshops, series of programs, or multi-day residencies) to connect with school curricula, goals and culture
  • See their work with students through the lens of school administrators, PTA reps, classroom teachers and school arts specialists
  • Develop tools to use for contacting schools and negotiating and planning with them

Topics addressed will include finding common language with school personnel (thinking in “school speak”) and  balancing meaningful artistic engagement for students with their schools’ needs (scheduling, school goals, assessment, etc.).

Participants will explore a sample packet of materials, discuss ways of adapting the template that Cynthia has developed to their own art forms, and work in small groups to begin to create the pieces of a presentation packet that each artist can use in approaching schools and planning and scheduling with them.

Participants will take away a draft template that will show:

  • how their work aligns with classroom curricula
  • how they will collaborate with schools to construct their programs
  • how schools might assess the learning that takes place during these arts experiences

Professional development certificates will be provided. Preregistration is required.

Our thanks to the New England Foundation for the Arts and Sanctuary Arts for hosting these programs!

About the presenter:

Cynthia Robinson is a teaching eco artist on the roster of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. In addition to developing and offering a wid range of visiting artist and artist in residence programs and projects, she teaches art at Madison (NH) Elementary School.

This workshop, first presented in New Hampshire in 2010, is based on a process developed through “Cultivating the Field,” an institute for artist-educators presented by Lesley University, the New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals (NECAP) and other partners in 2009.  It is presented by NECAP, the NH State Council on the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Maine Arts Commission and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. For additional information, email or call 603-323-7302.

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