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I3 Teaching Artists Sought…

31 Aug

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is currently seeking  teaching artists for the Arts for  Learning Lessons Project in the Beaverton School District. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this project aims to improve literacy skills among grades 3-5 by leveraging the power of the arts with key reading and writing skills. Beginning with classroom-teacher-led, art-integrated lessons, each classroom participates in a five-session residency with a professional teaching artist in a specific art form every spring trimester. Art forms include music, dance/movement, and the visual art of collage combined with literary arts. Artists who have experience with one of these art forms and  experience working with elementary grade levels should apply. These positions include paid training February – March of 2012 and consistent work throughout April – June of 2012 with possible extensions into later years.

Desired attributes and qualifications:

  •  Knowledge of an art form (either music, dance/movement, or any visual art)
  • Willingness to follow a pre-designed outline of five classroom sessions
  • Classroom management skills for elementary grade levels
  • Adaptability to meet classroom teachers’ needs
  • Strategies for working with the complexities of a school environment
  • Self-reflective about teaching practice
  • Willingness/interest in collaborating with fellow teaching artists in the project
  • Located in the Portland-Metro area or ability to commute to Beaverton for typical school hours
  • Able to pass a criminal background check

Note: This application process is for work through the Arts for Learning Lessons Project  only. For more information on how to become a Young Audiences roster artist, please go to our website.

source: Allison Tigard, Arts for Learning Program Coordinator


Arts for Learning & the Oregon Arts Commission

13 Jul

You can read more about our Arts for Learning project with the Beaverton School District, funded by the US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (I3) grant…

Arts Commission Releases Two New Monographs

The Oregon Arts Commission announces publication of two new monographs, Arts Build Communities, which highlights twenty-eight Arts Build Communities projects, undertaken across the state between January and December, 2010; and  Proficiency in the Arts and Beyond: Arts Learning in Oregon, which highlights Oregon-based best practices and notable accomplishments in arts education, and profiles eight individuals and organizations making a positive impact in their educational community.

The Commission created the Arts Build Communities program in Oregon in 1996, using federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts to better connect the arts with issues important to Oregonians: downtown revitalization, small business development, community and folk traditions and projects engaging youth.  The 2010-funded projects benefited more than 300,000 people in Oregon.

Read or download both reports: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/about/oregon_arts_commission_publications.php

source: Oregon Arts Commission

Investing in Innovation (I3) Update

13 Jul

Arts for Learning

What an exciting school year it has been! As soon as our funding was finalized in September 2010, we began working on designing, devising and executing our 5 year project. Project partners met in Portland, OR, and then continued to collaborate from around the country to ensure success on all fronts. Our work was made possible because of community support and belief in this program. And it is because of that we were able to meet such tremendous milestones

A total of 48 classroom teachers in 16 schools piloted curriculum-aligned Units, reaching over 1,300 students. Working directly with teachers, through several professional development opportunities and implementation support, along with forums for feedback and reflection, we have laid the groundwork for what is to come.

The Arts for Learning Lessons, in previous implementations elsewhere, have successfully reached all types of learners, particularly English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. We were able to witness that success in each of the 48 classrooms in Beaverton: Teachers reported students’ increased engagement level, collaboration skills, and confidence in reading and writing. Teachers marveled at the students’ written work as students began to find their voice and write dynamic stories and poems. One teacher after another asked: Why didn’t we have this sooner?

As we look ahead to the significant increase in scope and scale of next fall, we recognize the diligence, perseverance, and dedication of these lead 48 teachers who will carry us through to another successful school year. Increasing from one teacher in each of grades 3-5 per school to all teachers in grades 3-5, we’ll have just under 200 teachers involved— reaching over 5,000 students.

We are so pleased to share the wonderful progress that we’ve made!

source: Allison Tigard, A4L Project Coordinator

New Young Audiences Executive Director

23 Jun

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Denis Hickey, a longtime teacher, administrator and arts in education advocate in the Portland metro area, has been appointed Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning Oregon & Southwest Washington.

Hickey previously worked in the North Clackamas School District for more than 30 years. Most recently, he was the Associate Director, K-12 Curriculum, where he successfully directed four major arts initiatives. He was also a co-founder and director of Sojourner School, a national award-winning elementary school in Milwaukie, OR, noted for its rigorous liberal arts curriculum and exceptional student performance. A longtime volunteer with many organizations that promote arts in education, Hickey holds a Master’s in Education Administration from Lewis & Clark College.

“I strongly believe the arts will lead the way to the reform all stakeholders want to see in education, and I am deeply committed to nurturing our partnerships with schools, artists and the community to make sure every child achieves his or her potential,” Hickey said.

At a time when school budgets are declining and Young Audiences’ programs are more vital than ever, Hickey’s expertise in the educational system is very valuable, according to Young Audiences President Al Davidian.

“Our chapter is experiencing tremendous growth as school administrators seek to leverage their funds and produce improved outcomes,” Davidian said. “Denis will help us manage that growth and still reach as many children as we can.”

Hickey succeeds Gail Hayes-Davis, who is retiring after five years as Executive Director. During that time she increased both the visibility and individual donor contributions through Mad Hot Ballroom, where 5th graders perform what they have learned in dance residencies with artists. She introduced the Right Brain Initiative to the metro area and subsequently became the Implementation Partner for the initiative, and helped secure the largest arts in education grant given for Innovation in Education, i3 with Beaverton School District, Arts for Learning Lessons. In May, she received Young Audiences’ Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime support of the arts. Hayes-Davis plans to travel with her husband and spend time in Central Oregon pursuing her passion for painting.

Imagine This – a seminar on bringing creativity to classrooms

7 Jun

You could call it a royal recipe for innovative arts education. Or you could call it Imagine This! A Seminar on Bringing Creativity to ClassroomsRight Brain’s annual three-day summit recently recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts. Join us! From June 20-22, 2011, we’ll convene national arts education experts, teaching artists, classroom teachers, and school district administrators to share arts education tools for K-8 classrooms and even a “futurist” to stimulate our thinking.

Imagine This! A Seminar on Bringing Creativity to Classrooms
Monday, June 20 – Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland 
Open to educators of all subjects and disciplines
Cost: $250; single-day option $100
REGISTER NOW. Deadline is Wednesday, June 15. 
22 inspiring and practical workshops, presentations and studio sessions such as:
•   “Integrate-Stimulate-Create: Connecting Art and Math”
• “Shift, Share, Show: The Arts and Classroom Management”
• “Creating Creators: National Trends in Arts Education”
Featured guest presenters include Brian Davis of the internationally acclaimed band Pink Martini, who will lead participants through a triumphant demonstration of community building through rhythm; and Garry Golden, a nationally recognized futurist traveling from New York City to provide a provocative presentation on the future of learning. Right Brain partners Deborah Brzoska, a teaching artist of the Kennedy Center, and Dennie Palmer Wolf, former director of Harvard’s Project PACE, will also lead sessions.
Read the full listing of workshop descriptions and presenter bios.
Read the recent press release announcing our grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for our professional development program for educators. 
Featured Speakers and Workshop LeadersDeborah Brzoska is a national leader in arts education who presents professional development for teachers and teaching artists across the country on behalf of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A former dancer and teacher, she was also the founding principal of The Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, the award winning arts-based public school in Washington State. In addition to serving on the editorial board of the Teaching Artist Journal, Deb has written about arts education for The Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Project AIM, the Arts Education Partnership and The College Board.Percussionist Brian Lavern Davis is an original member of the internationally acclaimed band Pink Martini. He has toured and/or recorded with such names as Herbie Hancock, Kalapana, Upepo, Obo Addy and Dub Squad, and has performed with symphonies across North America and Europe. Also a long-time educator, Brian teaches body percussion and samba locally and throughout the U.S., Asia, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand. He is the founder and director of both the Lions of Batucada, an ever-growing Brazilian dance and percussion ensemble, and the Ainsworth Jr. Escola, a 117-member Portland youth samba bateria. He has served on the faculties of Portland State University, Jefferson Performing Arts High School and The Vancouver School of Arts & Academics. Brian is native of Portland, Oregon.

Garry Golden is a professionally trained futurist who speaks and consults on issues shaping society and business in the 21st century. Garry has consulted on a wide range of projects related to the future of infrastructure for energy and transportation, education/learning, emerging markets, social technologies and the implications of demographic transitions. Garry teaches an online course on The Future of Energy & Environment through the University of Houston Future Studies department, the program from which he received his Master of Science degree.

Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf is a principal researcher at WolfBrown, a market research and non-profit consultancy based in Cambridge, MA. Former senior scholar at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, she trained as a researcher at Harvard Project Zero, where she led studies on the early development of artistic and symbolic capacities. She also directed Project PACE (Projects in Active Cultural Engagement) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. More recently, Dennie has pioneered evaluation studies that build the capacities of organizations, funders and the communities they serve.

Register for Imagine This by Wednesday, June 15!
Now, what is The Right Brain Initiative? 
Through a powerful synergy of schools, businesses, artists, governments, philanthropists and arts and cultural organizations, The Right Brain Initiative is the only region-wide partnership that works to bring equitable arts education to every K-8 student in the Portland, Oregon area. The Right Brain Initiative is a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington serves as Implementation Partner.
Read about how to get involved with Right Brain at TheRightBrainInitiative.org/get-involved/.source:  The Right Brain Initiative

Educator’s Guide now Online!

31 May

We are excited to bring this upgraded tool which will help make bringing the arts to students even easier. In addition to saving a lot of trees, this online guide gives us the flexibility to add new artists, programs and additional information throughout the year. It also is available to anyone with access to a computer, allowing us to reach more teachers, administrators and parents than ever before.

Young Audiences, much like other organizations, is continually responding to community needs and the constantly changing environment in which we work. After decades of printing thousands of copies of our Educator’s Guide at great expense to send to schools each year, we have decided to go “green” and publish our Guide online only. By going online, we will also be able to provide every teacher, administrator and parent group the Guide in our ten-county region.

The Online Guide can be found here guide.ya-or.org

2011 Sunburst Awards Luncheon

25 Mar

2011 Sunburst Awards LuncheonThe Sunburst Awards focus community attention on the important role of arts and culture in education. The Sunburst Awards Luncheon is a joyful event that celebrates the power of the arts to enrich our children’s lives and education.

Each year Young Audiences Sunburst Awards honors members of our community who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to arts education. Award winners are chosen in the following categories: Education; Artist/Arts Organization; Philanthropy; and Advocacy.

It will be hosted by local TV reporter, Chad Carter. The Keynote Speaker will be the YA Artist of the Year, Gayle Danley.

Guests of the event will be educators, artists, arts organizations, philanthropists, advocates, prominent business/civic leaders, and YA board members.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Registration: 11:30AM
Event: 12:00PM to 1:30PM
Governor Hotel
Heritage Ballroom
614 SW 11th Avenue

Click here for tickets

$65 single ticket / $500 for table of eight

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