Spring is the busiest time of the year at Creativity & Associates. Below is a summary of all the great things that we are up to.
1. Residencies - Our teaching artist Courtney Proctor just finished up a set of residencies at Mount Royal Elementary Middle School this February. Court...
Joan Weber created a website for the Centerstage Young Playwrights Festival. On it you can find great resources for teaching students about playwriting. In addition is a great collection of theatre games to play with students, as collected through the City Schools CenterStage Young Playwrights Festival curriculum project. Playwriting is an excellent way to integrate drama into your classroom. Students can write plays about any subject at all.
Creativity & Associates Associate Karen Kohn Bradley discusses Arts-Informed Thinking: Initiations, Explorations, and Implications in this important paper. Arts Informed Thinking
The New York Times featured Drama in Education as part of a series on arts integration – Drama Strategies
Ten Capacities for Imaginative Learning from the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education. “The word ‘capacities’ – rather than ‘knowledge’ or ‘skills’ – indicates that what can be learned from works of art or other objects of study in inexhaustible.”
The Art of Collaboration: Promising Practices for Integrating the Arts and School Reform This second publication in the Arts Education Partnership’s Research and Policy Brief series focuses on the implementation and practice of eight demonstration sites participating in The Ford Foundation’s Integrating the Arts and Education Reform Initiative. The brief describes a number of strategies identified by site directors at this early stage of the initiative as useful for building and managing a collaborative organization that works toward integrating the arts into public education in an urban area. (Link opens a .pdf document.)
Jerome Kagan on Why the Arts Matter – This article is a reprint of Dr. Kagan’s keynote address at the Learning, Arts and the Brain Conference. This is a terrific synopsis on why children should study the arts.
Critical Links – from Arts Education Partnership, highlights how the arts help kids learn (featuring the work of Creativity & Associates’ Karen Kohn Bradley)
Building Public Will – Metropolitan Group’s public will building model is utilized to create initiatives that engage the audience in formative research, and then marries high-profile media strategies with grassroots social movement techniques to create long-term social change. (www.metgroup.com)
Chicago Arts Partners in Education (CAPE) advances the arts as a vital strategy for improving teaching and learning by increasing students’ capacity for academic success, critical thinking and creativity. www.capeweb.org
The American Alliance for Theatre and Education The American Alliance for Theatre and Education is the networking organization for theatre artists and educators. www.aate.com
Edutopia is a national resource site for education and educators. The site is innovative and informative. We use it all the time. www.edutopia.org
AEMS Alliance advocates for arts education policy in Maryland. It also operates the Maryland Artist-Teacher Institute, which trains school teachers in how to use arts integration (with all forms) in their classes. AEMS Alliance will come to your school to introduce the staff to the principles and benefits of arts integration. We recommend you contact them. www.aems-edu.org
Kennedy Center’s ARTSEDGE site is chock full of wonderful lesson plans, training programs and resources for teachers and schools interested in integrating the arts throughout their curriculum. Another favorite site. artsedge.kennedy-center.org
Arts Education Partnership, a national organization, provides information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels. www.aep-arts.org
Seattle Arts Corps, the largest nonprofit arts educator in the Seattle area, fosters creative habits of mind in young people through a passionate corps of teaching artists. This site is filled with great resources. www.artscorps.org
VSA Arts is an international nonprofit organization founded 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. www.vsarts.org
The New Victory Theater - Intrinsic to The New Victory mission is that its performance season and education programs combine to create a unique artistic and learning experience that complements student development by utilizing the performing arts as an educational resource.Education page
Annie E. Casey Foundation – The Foundation believes that an essential step toward supporting child and family services is developing and positioning individuals to lead institutions and systems toward improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and families. Leadership Development Page
Taylor Mali – What Teachers Make (Performed at the very first Page Meets Stage pairing at the Bowery Poetry Club on November 12, 2005) Inspiring slam poem about teaching.
Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity? (20 minute TED Talk)
Bruce Nelson and Jimi Kinstle attended Towson University together in the 1980s where they were introduced to improvisation. After college they helped form The Flying Tongues, a Comedy-slash-improv tro...