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May 3, 2012


Tennessee Arts Commission to host nationally recognized artists, arts activists and innovators at Create2012

Derrick Ashong, Kurt Wenner, Ann Law, Lodge McCammon and Jonathan Feinstein explore arts integration and its role in K-12 education

NASHVILLE - - A YouTube sensation, nationally acclaimed visual artist, dancer and arts activist, bestselling author, and teaching visionary will serve as “mind bender” scholars and provocateurs at the annual Create2012: Creativity in Education Institute, July 15 -18, 2012 at Middle Tennessee State University, hosted by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Derrick Ashong, also known as DNA, is considered by many to be the voice of a new generation, and is an experienced broadcaster, musician, and digital media maven. Serving as the keynote speaker at Create2012, he will raise the topic of Open Source Culture whereby facilitating a cross-culture exchange and collaboration between artists and educators.

Dance educator and arts activist, Ann Law will explore how we educate our bodies in a world that seems increasingly electronic.  By using his own experiences, nationally acclaimed 3-D chalk artist, Kurt Wenner, will illustrate how a new approach to the idea of creativity can lead to an infinite number of discoveries and inventions. Flipping the Classroom innovator, Lodge McCammon, will take teachers on a step-by-step course on how to redesign their classrooms through simple one-take videos. Best-selling author and Yale Professor, Jonathan Feinstein, will use his endnote address to take participants through the framework of creative development and its implications for teaching and education. This consortium of speakers is scaffold by three days of lesson demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and arts experiences, where K-12 classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, special education, and resource teachers as well as principals and superintendents explore the power of arts integration and creativity in education with hands-on activities and traditional classroom setting execution strategies.

“Bringing these top-tier speakers to Tennessee is a unique opportunity for teachers and artists to learn from leaders in education, creativity and arts education,” noted Ann Talbott Brown, director of arts education at the Tennessee Arts Commission. “As a strategic goal of the Arts Commission, Create2012 is an opportunity for teachers to collaborate with other teachers from across the state to broaden their definition of creativity and 21st century learning skills in the classroom,” added Brown.

Running alongside the three-day event is an administrator tract that is geared for superintendents, principals and administrators that will tackle the questions of implementation.

For more information on Create2012: Creativity in Education Institute, visit: www.tn.gov/arts/create2012.html, call (615) 532-5939 or email ann.brown@tn.gov

 


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