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Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet. Please send
comments, questions and information to the Blue Moon, Kentucky Arts Council,
Old Capitol Annex, 300 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601-1980 or call
502-564-3757, toll free 1-888-833-2787.
Faubush 2005: Design Your Own Professional
This summer the Kentucky Arts Council offers educators and
parents the second annual Design Your Own Professional Development seminar, a
unique opportunity to design their own professional development classes to
address cultural connections through the core content areas. A similar program
offered in 2004 quickly sold out and many of those who attended expressed
interest in returning this summer. The two day workshops are designed to
benefit arts and humanities teachers, arts specialists, social studies
teachers, classroom generalists, special education teachers, language arts
teachers, library media specialists, parent coordinators, FRYSC directors -- or
any educator interested in teaching the arts through culture and culture
through the arts.
From Monday evening, July 18th through the afternoon of
Wednesday, July 20th, teachers can immerse themselves in hands-on
cultural arts experiences led by professional working artists who also teach in
school settings through the KAC Artist Teacher Initiated Projects. Participants
this summer will receive 12 hours of professional development by attending four
workshops of their own choosing. They may, for example, choose to study one
arts discipline across several cultures, or they may choose to study four
diverse disciplines through one culture.
Among the smorgasbord of concurrent offerings for elementary and
middle school educators are Native American, West African, Caribbean and
Latino, as well as colonial American and Appalachian folk dance cultures.
Visual arts workshops include mask making in Native American and West African
cultures, West African Asafo and Adinkra, Appalachian basket making, Asian
batik art, Navajo sand paintings and Ojibway dream catchers. Participants can
also learn how to integrate watercolor painting with the study of Kentucky's
history or environment, or how to create pop-up books of Kentucky history.
Musical and storytelling cultures include those from Asia, Africa, Native
America and Appalachia, as well a diversity of musical styles. There will also
be a session on Greek theatre. In addition to hands-on learning experiences,
participants will acquire new ways to engage students in experiencing and
responding to the arts and culture of diverse cultures.
The seminar takes place at the Kentucky Leadership Center near
Faubush, KY. Optional evening activities include nature walks, a bonfire on the
shores of Lake Cumberland and free entertainment provided by some of Kentucky's
finest artists. The price is $180/ per participant and includes lodging, meals,
snacks, and resource materials. When teaching team members enroll together,
subsequent enrollees receive a $10 discount.
To check out the options and to register online for this exciting
professional development opportunity, log onto
www.artscouncil.ky.gov and click on the link named
Faubush 2005: Design Your Own Professional Development. Space is
limited, so register early. Registration closes June 1st.
Arts Council Announces Arts Education Roster Artists for
2005-2006 School Year
The new Roster of Artists will feature 42
artists available to Kentucky schools through the Kentucky Arts Council's
various residency programs, including the Teacher Initiated, Alternative
Connections (youth-at-risk) and ArtStart! (early childhood) Programs, as well
as the School-Community-Arts-Parents-Partnership Program. During the course of
a residency, artists demonstrate their art forms and share their ideas,
creativity and talents with students and teachers.
The selection of artists is an adjudicated process and the
criteria includes evidence of high-quality artistic work in visual or
performing arts (including theatre, dance and music) literary arts, folk and
traditional arts, and media arts or any combination of art forms. Prospective
artists must also demonstrate that they have the skills and competencies needed
to work with teachers and students in designing and implementing arts programs.
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