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October 2018

Creative Entrepreneurship 101: Step By Step

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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How do you build a sustainable career that aligns your teaching artist practices and your own creative work? Join Todd Hestand, business consultant, artist, and Manager of the Corzo Center @ UArts, for this hands-on session. Set your goals as a creative entrepreneur (yes, that’s you) and begin to outline concrete steps to achieve these goals. Learn what motivates others to engage with your work as well as strategies for research and marketing. Artists in all disciplines are welcome.

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November 2018

Teaching Artist Play Date: Mindfulness Movement

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Join Gracianna Coscia-Collins (Education Manager at Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers) for a mindfulness-based movement experience. Inspired by Artistic Director Kun-Yang Lin’s CHI Awareness Practice, this play date will focus on dancing through the lens of mindfulness, a practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions and experiences. Learn how to incorporate breath, awareness, and self-reflection into your teaching practice through new movement tools and resource guides for your own self-care as well as for your students. Come ready…

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December 2018

Printing Without A Press

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catherine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Printmaking is a rich and versatile medium that can ignite your students’ imagination and creativity. In this workshop you’ll discover several printmaking techniques that do not require a press and can be easily incorporated into any classroom environment. You’ll explore the basic methods and techniques of the highly expressive monoprint process, starting with rolling ink onto Gelli plates, and using simple stencils to make your marks. We will work with different tools and have an open conversation about how to…

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January 2019

Lesson Planning for Engagement and Belonging

Tuesday, January 15 @ 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bartol Foundation – Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
Free

Dig into the “why” as well as the “how” of strong lesson planning.  Join Julia Katz, ArtWell Associate Executive Director and Sarah Chavez, ArtWell School Partnerships Assistant Coordinator, to learn intuitive and accessible ways to develop workshop goals, then plan your lesson working backwards.  We will explore key components of a strong lesson plan as well as how workshop structure and facilitation can decrease anxiety and power dynamics, and encourage active learning, safety, and youth voice.  Artists in all disciplines are…

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Books and Words: Bookbinding and Poetry Workshop

Tuesday, January 22 @ 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bartol Foundation (Friends Center), 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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Interested in adding or expanding the literacy component of your teaching artistry?  Join Candy Alexandra González (a Latinx paper-maker, print-maker, book artist and young poet) in this hands-on session for teaching artists who want to incorporate simple bookbinding and poetry writing into their teaching practice.  The first part of the workshop will be spent making hand bound journals by using easy pamphlet stitch binding techniques. Then we will christen the journals through guided poetry writing exercises featuring collaborative writing and quick…

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TA Play Date: Let’s Put on a Show! Theatre in 60 Minutes

Monday, January 28 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Bartol Foundation (Friends Center), 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
Free

Although we may value process over product, we often have to create a culminating event that showcases our students’ work.  Led by master teaching artist, Maureen Sweeney and tech teaching artist, Raven Buck, this session will share quick (and cheap) strategies to create a theatre piece in 60 minutes. Together, we will put up a scene complete with actors, direction, lights, sound, set, costumes and the all important production meeting, in just 60 minutes. This process is a good building…

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February 2019

Stop Motion Animation- Creating Community with Animation

Wednesday, February 6 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
Free

Back by popular demand, media artist, Jennie Thwing will lead this workshop focused on simple techniques used to run a community workshop in stop motion animation including generating ideas, storyboarding, group think, material manipulation, free or affordable stop motion software and specific animation techniques.    Participants will be introduced to stop motion tools and camera set-ups, all with an eye to learning how these community collaborations can encourage meaningful dialogues and social bonds.  Artists in all disciplines are welcome. Are you…

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Building your Teaching Artist Pathway

Monday, February 11 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bartol Foundation (Friends Center), 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
Free

While some of us may have planned to be a teaching artist, many have taken a path that, one step at a time, led them to this work.  Join our colleagues Erica Reinsch, Assistant Director of Education and New Victory Teaching Artist, WT McRae, from the nationally-recognized New Victory Theater in New York City, who will share their Teaching Artist Pathways Tool. In this hands-on, reflective session, you will investigate where you are now in your career and how to…

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Marketing Yourself as a Teaching Artist: Teaching Artist Statements

Wednesday, February 27 @ 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bartol Foundation (Friends Center), 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
Free

It is important to define your philosophy and style as a teaching artist. In this workshop, you will draft a teaching artist statement that reflects your unique point of view and the ‘product’ you will be marketing to your potential audience.  During this session, we will work through a template, give you time to draft your own statement, and then pair you up with your peers to get suggestions and feedback.

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March 2019

Teaching Artist Play Date: Drumming your Story

Monday, March 11 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Bartol Foundation (Friends Center), 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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Josh Robinson

Everyone has a soundtrack that marks the many chapters and moments throughout their lives. Music is often a bridge connecting us to our emotions. Join master teaching artist, Josh Robinson, for this drumming workshop to explore the power of musical expression, build community, acquire tools for coping with stress, and be granted permission to create and succeed in a fun and safe space without the pressure of being perfect.

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