IAC Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 15, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan
Public Relations

IAC, Gallagher-Bluedorn workshop focuses on arts integration in education

Teaching artists, organizations must register for August event by June 5

(DES MOINES, Iowa) — The Iowa Arts Council and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa will host a workshop this summer that helps organizations and teaching artists learn more about arts integration in education.

Developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the one-day workshop will be offered 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on two different days – Tuesday, Aug. 4, and Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 – at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.

Registration applications are available in the “Kaleidoscope/Outreach” section at www.gbpac.com and must be received by the Gallagher-Bluedorn by June 5, 2009.

The workshop, “Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration,” is a one-day professional learning experience helpful to organizations interested in establishing a shared understanding among teaching artists about the definition and practice of arts integration.

Presentations, reflection and discussion will help participants examine a comprehensive definition of arts integration, and comprehensive resource materials will document and extend the workshop content.

As a result of participating in this workshop, participants will know:

Participants also will be able to identify the key features of arts integration in a model lesson and reflect on their beliefs about and practice of arts integration, and appreciate the changing view of the purpose of education and how arts integration is aligned with that view.

The workshop registration fee is $35. If affiliated with one of partnering organizations listed below, it is $25. Payment is due at the time of registration. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day.

Partnering organizations include Upward Bound Math & Science at Central College, Waterloo Center for the Arts, Hearst Center for the Arts, World of Difference,
Metro Arts Alliance, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, VSAarts of Iowa and Arts Share at the University of Iowa.

For more information, contact Amy Hunzelman at the Gallagher-Bluedorn at amy.hunzelman@uni.edu or 319-273-3679; or Dawn Martinez Oropeza of the Iowa Arts Council at dawn.oropeza@iowa.gov 515-281-5773.

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 The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and works to enrich the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts. Funding for the Iowa Arts Council and its programs is provided by the state of Iowa and the National Endowment for the Arts. More information at www.iowaartscouncil.org.