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May 15, 2013

Leaders In Arts Education To Speak At Create2013

Create2013: Creativity in Education Institute is hosted by the Tennessee Arts Commission at Middle Tennessee State University

NASHVILLE, TN - - The Tennessee Arts Commission will host its annual professional development event, Create2013: Creativity in Education Institute, Arts at the Core, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, July 9-12, 2013. Leaders in arts education will be speaking on a variety of topics including arts integration, Common Core, and STEM to STEAM.

“We are thrilled with the range and caliber of presenters this year. Especially with the adoption of the Common Core Standards, designed to prepare students for a creative and competitive workforce, we are eager for presenters to speak about how arts education supports Tennessee’s students in school, work, and life.” said Ann Talbott Brown, arts education program director at the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Lisa Phillips, noted author and blogger, will kick-off the event with her discussion on how arts education teaches skills that propel students on a path to success. As CEO of Canada’s Academy of Stage and Studio Arts, Phillips has over 16 years’ experience as an art and leadership educator. In November 2012, she published her first book, The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World, which explores the impact arts participation has on the success of the current generation. 

Bruce Taylor, an arts education specialist will present a common sense approach on how the arts can be used to address Common Core and contribute to overall student achievement. Taylor will demonstrate how “artistic habits of the mind” can contribute significantly to students’ future capability as adults.  

Awarded the Children’s Choice Book Award twice for the very popular Lunch Lady series, author and illustrator, Jarrett J. Krosoczka will share his own personal journey and offer tips to educators on how to better understand those children whose imaginations seem to take precedence over their coursework.

Bethany Hoppe is a performer and advocate for women with disabilities.  Hoppe has founded and owns Bethany Productions which promotes the rights of women and children with disabilities through speaking, writing, fashion and performance.

Winner of multiple Grammy Awards and the Gold Parents Choice award, Bobby Norfolk is well known for his high – energy performances and lively animation. He will portray the fascinating story York, who was a slave of William Clark of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. After the performance, storyteller Sherry Norfolk will lead the audience in exploring how to develop lessons that build on student engagement.

In addition, over 100 sessions will be offered by teaching artists and classroom teachers. During the four-day institute, K-12 classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, principals and arts administrators will have an opportunity to build their teaching skills through arts integration by attending and participating in lesson demonstrations, workshops, tutorials, and mind bender sessions. There are also many opportunities for participants to share best practices and network with colleagues from all over the state.  Participants will walk away with concrete lesson plans and practical tools to implement in their classrooms.

Create2013emerged from the Commission’s highly successful Value Plus Schools and Arts360 initiatives, arts integration models with multi-year funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Value Plus and Arts360 have demonstrated how the arts impact student success by helping to close the achievement gap. Create2013 supports teachers by sharing lessons learned from these programs.
To learn more about Create2013, visit www.tn.gov/arts/create2013.html.

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