Agenda

Learn more about all the incredible sessions we experienced below. 

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Recordings to certain sessions coming soon! 

Tuesday, August 9

All times listed are eastern. 

2:00pm

Opening Plenary

Artist Performance: The Art of Go-Go with JusPaul

Join us as we kick off Day One with opening remarks and a special performance of a uniquely Mid-Atlantic art form.

2:30pm

Breakout Sessions

Cultivating Creativity with Monica Shah

Educator / Practitioner Track

To help foster creativity and innovation in your students, it is vital to also nurture your own imagination. This multidisciplinary, interactive class will challenge your brain to think in new ways through a series of exercises designed to stimulate the processes and attitudes of mind associated with exploration and imagination. Come away with renewed enthusiasm and tools for cultivating your and your students’ creativity in art as well as in everyday life. (Limited to 40 participants)

Building A Public Narrative: Road to Teaching Artist Leadership with Denise Jones and Jennifer Ridgway

Activist / Change-maker Track

As a teaching artist, you are a valuable part of the arts ecosystem, and your voice matters! This session will take participants on a journey of building a public narrative of leadership in arts advocacy, from understanding the core competencies of an Arts (Education) Leader, to building an effective advocacy pitch, connecting to your sphere of influence, and creating your pitch and call to action.

FLUIDITY with janet e. dandridge

Activist / Change-maker Track

What is Artivism? FLUIDITY provides an understanding of how Art impacts Activism (Artivism), and directly addresses laws and policies through the power of collective action. The goal of this workshop is to create collaborative art actions that can be implemented, then re-utilized or re-iterated by others seeking ways to engage the public on social matters via art. (Limited to 12 participants)

3:30pm

Break

3:40pm

Breakout Sessions

Transformative Engagement: How Serving Your Network Can Increase Your Net Worth with Mēlani Douglass

Educator / Practitioner Track

You have the power to transform how you engage and find greater connectivity in how you serve your networks, generate new clients and get your work out there! This workshop breaks down a proven, 3-step process that helps you evolve your community engagement practices, expand your audience and outreach, multiply your contracts, and develop closer, more meaningful relationships within your network.

Copyright: The Basics of When and Why with Sam D'Amico + Adam Holofcenter

Activist / Change-maker Track

As teaching artists, we know our students often want to make an income with their art now or at some point in the future. Knowledge about the copyright process is important – especially in these days of social media. This session aims to empower teaching artists to learn more about copyright themselves so we can provide important resources to support our students.

4:40pm

Break

4:50pm

Breakout Sessions

Sensory-Friendly Practices in the Arts Classroom with Corey Holmes

Educator / Practitioner Track

Creating sensory-friendly performances or curricula does not need to be an afterthought or stressful, it can be implemented early and benefit all types of learners! In this workshop, participants will discuss sensory-friendly techniques and behavior regulating methods that neurodivergent arts students need to be successful and how to sprinkle them for all students throughout your curriculum and performances.

Know Your Worth: Strategies for Pay Equity with Devin Walker

Activist / Change-maker Track

Pay equity and fair labor are vital to the professionalism and sustainability of teaching artistry. In this workshop, participants will reflect on the history and origin of the economic exploitation of teaching artists and what exploitation looks like, discuss best practices of equitable and fair pay for teaching artists, and learn how to avoid being exploited or an exploiter.

5:50pm

Closing Plenary

Building Community

Help us close out our day with a quick recap and conclusion from our conference organizers. 

6:00pm

End of Day 1

Wednesday, August 10

All times listed are eastern. 

2:00pm

Opening Plenary

Artist Performance: Beat Ya Feet with Kevin Davis

Join us as we kick off Day Two with opening remarks and a special performance of a uniquely Mid-Atlantic art form.

2:30pm

Breakout Sessions

Living Rubrics: Student-Guided Assessment with Hannah Madeleine Goodman

Educator / Practitioner Track

Experience the creation and evolution of "living rubrics" in a mock music residency classroom, as your learners would. As a whole group, we’ll explore organic vocabulary acquisition, skill practice, and collaborative goal setting as we create a rubric framework. In breakout groups, we’ll create rubrics for self-assessment in real time as we compose a 30-second soundscape. To end, we’ll come back together for review and Q&A. (Audience size: 80 participants)

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work with Dylan Collins, Jo Nelson, and Mollie Toppe

Activist / Change-maker Track

Community pride, shared purpose, and social bonds come from celebrating the places and stories that matter to our students. Highlighting a place-based public art project that took place in 2021 in a “distressed” county in New Martinsville, WV, this session will explore lessons learned and best practices for teaching artists to work with youth about the place they live and to introduce them to art and design techniques and skills.

3:30pm

Break

3:40pm

Breakout Sessions

Teacher, Artist, Visitor: Navigating the Challenges of In-Classroom Art Residencies with Ro Adler

Educator / Practitioner Track

Working as a guest artist in a school classroom frequently presents unusual challenges. Drawing from our collective wisdom, we’ll process some of the unique dynamics that we face as teaching artists stepping into existing classroom environments. Then we’ll problem-solve together, build a shared toolkit of strategies and interventions, and support each other in leading with our integrity as teachers and artists. (Limited to 40 participants)

artistically decolonizing the semantics of expression in a collaborative environment 

with Javan Howard, Adriana Guzman, Dale Novella Anderson-Lee

Activist / Change-maker Track

What is the artist's responsibility to disrupt and dispel narratives about power in a collaborative environment? We want our practice to be in conversation with our students so that they retain their own creative authority and unique stories. In this session, we will channel the creative energy of storytelling and personal experiences, and use traditional literary themes and processes to co-create artistic responses that decolonize the power dynamics of expression.

4:40pm

Break

4:50pm

Breakout Sessions

Day to Day Watercolor Journaling with Jennifer Galvin

Educator / Practitioner Track

There is no need to be perfect to enjoy the art-making process every day! Daily watercolor journaling can help us and our students be better artists and feel better about art in general. In this session we will practice feeling free in our watercolor journals. We’ll use them as experiential art and have fun with color, as we learn new skills and techniques. Materials needed for session:

  • Watercolor Journal (140 lb suggested, but lower will work), spiral binding is best

  • Travel Watercolor Set

  • Watercolor Paintbrush, one thin and one about ¼ to ½ wide

  • Cup for Water

  • Mod Podge or Elmers Glue and old brush for glue

Heal the Healer: Addressing Compassion Fatigue Through Art with Sharon Wise

Activist / Change-maker Track

Using materials we already have on hand, we will make a journal and book marker that will remind us to practice self-care as we serve others. The goals of this workshop are to make certain we "healers" have tools for stress reduction in high-paced environments as we serve others and to share ideas for building sensory tools and comfort items that can be used "on the go". Attendees can use items you might already have at home or are very easy to acquire. Your materials shouldn’t cost more than $5. Materials Needed for Session:

  • Cardstock

  • String

  • Scissors

  • Permanent Markers/Sharpies

  • Colored Pencils

  • Stickers

Yoga to Awaken the Artist Within with Rev. Denise Burriss

Mindful relaxation can help us find our purpose, our Inner Artist, and our dharma, and create supportive energy within our community. This Serenity Yoga Wellness session will include an overview of the artistic expression of yoga poses found in the Egyptian Hieroglyphics found in the Pyramids of Egypt as well as explore the origin of yoga from India which teaches the importance of our breath and mindful relaxation. Participants are encouraged to bring the following to items to the session: one or two pillows; a small blanket or throw; a favorite pair of socks (optional); a yoga mat (helpful, but not required); an ottoman, exercise ball, or a nearby sofa or chair, to elevate the knees and ankles during meditation (also optional). Participants are encouraged to have the following items on hand for the session, which you might already have at home or are very easy to acquire. Materials Recommended for Session:

  • One or two pillows, (I use the square Euro Pillows, 20” x 20”)

  • Small blanket or throw

  • Favorite pair of socks 

  • Yoga mat is helpful, but not required

  • Ottoman, Exercise Ball, or a nearby Sofa or Chair (to elevate the knees and ankles during meditation)

Live Virtual Art Class / Paint Party with ArtJamz

Let’s get this art party started! The ArtJamz® team will lead a bespoke virtual painting class for beginners and experts alike. Build your skills in acrylics while networking with fellow Mid-Atlantic teaching artists of all disciplines.  Attendees can use their or own materials, or ArtJamz can provide attendees who contact them before July 28 with an ArtBox.  ArtBoxes are $40 and include shipping.  Includes foldable table-top easel insert, (1) 8x10 stretch canvas, (1) 8pc acrylic paint set, (1) 4pc paintbrush set, (1) palette, (1) novelty mustache, and an ArtJamz sticker.  Please email michael@artjamz.co for more information. (Limited to 40 participants)

5:50pm

Closing Plenary

Building Community 

Help us close out our day with a quick recap and conclusion from our conference organizers. 

6:00pm

End of Day 2