Arts Integration Symposium 2017

Coming Feb. 10, 8th Annual Arts Integration Symposium for Educators

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The Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Florida Center for Partnerships in Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) at USF-Sarasota Manatee have joined forces with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education to present an exciting day of professional development designed to increase teachers’ capacity to deliver high-quality instruction that integrates the arts in the classroom.  National and regional experts will share strategies, best practices and their successes in integrating the arts into the fabric of school and community life.  Arts Integration: Theory, Impact and Practice will focus on arts integration as central to education programs and to life in Florida’s schools and communities.  Featured speakers include Darrell Ayers and Martha M. Harrison, PhD.

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching and learning in which authentic connections between the arts and other aspects of the curriculum are made in order to achieve desired learning outcomes (goals/objectives) in both subject areas.

2017 marks the eighth year of the successful Florida Alliance for Arts Education Arts Integration Symposia Series. The series provides professional development and training for teachers, teaching artists, and community arts partners.  Each symposium offers a single day of outstanding sessions delivered by local and statewide exemplar practitioners of arts integration. Sessions are designed to launch or extend the teacher’s successful implementation of arts integration strategies, provide up-to-date information on State and National Standards as well as tips on making the arts accessible to all students. In-service points will be provided by all School Districts.

WHAT: Arts Integration: Theory, Impact and Practice

WHEN: February 10, 2018, 8:30 am – 3:15 pm

WHERE: Scarfone-Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa, 310 N. Boulevard, Tampa, FL  33606

COST: Registration will open December 1, 2017 and fee includes breakfast and lunch. $15 students, $25 FAAE Members, $35 Non-members.  

WHO should attend this Symposium?

  • Interested educators of all disciplines
  • School teams, including principals, arts teachers, classroom/subject area teachers
  • Teaching artists
  • Arts organization representatives
  • Community builders and interested citizens;
  • College and University students interested in education and the arts

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DARREL AYERS is the retired Vice President for Education and Jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the nation’s performing arts center. From 2004-2016, he was responsible for the overall planning, management, and supervision of the Center’s Education Division which includes educational programs of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and the Washington National Opera as well as its affiliate VSA (the international arts and disability organization).  The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and Jazz programming areas were also under his responsibility. The budgets under Ayers’ supervision total more than $15 million with 49 full-time staff.  Ayers has served as a board member and grant panelist for a number of community-based arts organizations and arts councils.  He has worked professionally as a teacher, choral conductor, singer, dancer, and actor and he has toured nationally and internationally as a performer and stage manager. He attributes his success to his teachers Dr. Robert Brewster and Dr. Lee Kjelson at the University of Miami in Florida, Professor Alex Chrestopoulos at Georgia Southern University and his 4th grade music teacher Mrs. Hottel at Kenwood Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

MARTHA M. HARRISON PhD is recognized as a leading authority in literacy instruction for teachers and is accomplished in designing and implementing graduate programs that focus on literacy, arts integration, and school partnerships. She has designed reading and writing curriculum and assessments for the State Departments of Education in Tennessee, Mississippi and Florida. She has long been an advocate for integrating the arts into content area curriculum and has taught a course on Arts Integration Across the Curriculum.  For two decades, her passion for arts integration has guided her teaching of children’s and young adult literature and her successful implementation of reading and writing education curricula. Among her scholarly publications is an early 1990 article entitled Teaching Thinking Skills to Gifted Children Using Children’s Literature and The Arts. She designed and implemented “Untie The Right Brain,” an arts integration initiative at The University of Tampa.  She currently serves on the Creative Writing Curriculum Committee at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, where she resides with her husband, Peter Miller.  She continues her lifelong educational and personal goal of achieving seamless and integrated real life experiences for teachers and students in schools and the larger communities.

Arts Integration Symposium 2017


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