The Ohio 2010 Partners in Education team, consisting of the Mansfield Art Center, Renaissance Performing Arts Association, and Mansfield City Schools, is developing a group of professional artists for residencies and workshops in local schools. The Mansfield team is a member of the nationwide Partners in Education network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
On May 31, the team presented the Kennedy Center’s Artists as Educators Seminar, “Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration,” led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Randy Barron, an arts educator who brings over twenty-five years of classroom teaching experience in schools of all levels. Mr. Barron is also a professional dancer who has performed throughout the United States and Europe.
Twenty local visual and performing artists attended The Arts Integration Seminar, which was offered as the culmination of a year’s study to prepare them to work with teachers and students using arts integration. Defined by the Kennedy Center as “an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form,” arts integration aligns with leading theory and practices in teaching and learning and has been proven to increase student engagement and retention of core curriculum subjects. As part of the Seminar, artists explored how they can use their art form to enhance learning in local schools.
The Kennedy Center’s Artists as Educators Seminar, “Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration,” was developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
For further information, please contact Chelsie Thompson, Renaissance President, at [email protected].
Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association