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The Artistic Literacy Consortium of Alabama and Creative Generation Collaborate to Increase Access to Arts Education for Alabama’s Students

October 1, 2020 The Artistic Literacy Consortium of Alabama and Creative Generation are pleased to announce their new partnership to conduct strategic planning for the statewide collective impact initiative with the goal of increasing student access to arts education across Alabama. This project will focus on team and culture building, leadership development, and visionary planning, including 3-5 year goals, strategies, measurable outcomes, SWOT analysis, and a possible revised mission. As a result of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Education Leadership Institute, Alabama embarked on a journey to establish a statewide plan for arts education. In September 2013, a task force was appointed by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the State Superintendent of Schools. Members in diverse stakeholder groups including arts, education, students, business, and community leaders worked for two years to create the Alabama Plan for Arts Education, which was unanimously endorsed by the Council Board and the State Board of Education in 2016. Work began immediately with support from a National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact grant. In 2018, new funding… Read More »The Artistic Literacy Consortium of Alabama and Creative Generation Collaborate to Increase Access to Arts Education for Alabama’s Students


Middle School Socials Studies and Arts: 3 Lessons VIDEOS https://vimeo.com/channels/1622454 LESSONS 1) CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE US 1900-1930s Cultural-Development-in-the-US-AIEA-Lesson Plan Cultural-Development-Appendix 2) SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHANGES IN US SINCE WWII Social-and-Cultural-Changes-in-the-US-AIEA-Lesson Plan Social and Cultural-Changes-Appendix 3) WHERE’S THE POWER? GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEMS Governmental-Systems-AIEA-Lesson Plan Governmental-Systems-Appendix

ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LESSON Cathy Hess Wright and Liza Cardinal Simpler

Cathy Wright, retired – Montgomery Public Schools Office of Curriculum and Instruction, serves as a teaching artist and comprehensive arts education facilitator for the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts (AIEA). She developed and implemented the program in Dance for the very first magnet school in Montgomery (CCPAC – now housed at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School), and she led Montgomery Public School’s K-12 Arts Integration Initiative prior to her retirement. She also founded AIEA’s Dance Institute. She is the 1992 American Teacher Awards Performing Arts Honoree/Dance, a 1995 National Endowment for the Arts Artist-in-Education Fellowship recipient, and she served on two Alabama Course of Study/Arts Education committees for the Alabama State Department of Education. She co-authored (with Randy Foster) the Alabama State Department of Education’s ACCESS Distance Learning Arts Survey course online, and she currently serves as an arts facilitator/evaluator for AIEA’s ACES (Arts Connections Enhance Student Success) program at Vaughn Road Elementary School in Montgomery. A native of Montgomery, AL, Liza Cardinal Simpler trained at the… Read More »ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LESSON Cathy Hess Wright and Liza Cardinal Simpler

Putting Creative Workers to Work

This is Precisely the Time This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art. Toni Morrison https://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/arts-mobilization-center/creative-workers-to-work This policy proposal is all about activating the creative economy within a comprehensive national and local recovery strategy. Creative workers are an essential component of getting communities back on their feet financially, socially, and emotionally. They now have over 700 endorsements from all across the country, and are hoping to show strong, unified support for a creative workforce program to both of the Presidential campaigns and to the current Administration and Congressional officials. The document compiles 15 different, specific… Read More »Putting Creative Workers to Work

Watercolor Bootcamp

The Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts invites you to attend WATERCOLOR BOOTCAMP AIEA is thrilled to offer this special workshop for our participating schools and teachers. Join us for this exciting and unique opportunity! This is a skill building session for educators who would like to learn about painting with watercolor. We will cover the basic techniques and how to apply them in a painting. We will experiment with creating textures from household materials. Charles Burchfield (1893- 1967) will be our focal artist with his paintings of the seasons, landscape, and weather. Gain confidence in your watercolor painting so you can instruct your students and have fun! Leave with lesson ideas to connect visual arts to your curriculum. All supplies provided. WHAT:  SUPERDAY workshop for K-12 Teachers  WHO:  Durinda Cheek, M.Ed, started as a facilitator for AIEA in 1995 and became director in 2009.  She taught art in middle and elementary schools prior to serving as the art department chairperson at The McCallie School in Chattanooga for ten years. … Read More »Watercolor Bootcamp

VIEWPOINTS: Creating character through the body, PART 3

VIEWPOINTS: Creating character through the body, PART 3 WHO:  Mickey Lonsdale, is an internationally known, award winning physical theatre actor and dancer. He originally hails from Ramer, Alabama. He began his dance training at Alabama Dance Theatre and has a B.A. in Theatre from Auburn Montgomery. While in college, he became the emcee for the Montgomery Biscuits, entertaining 7000 fans nightly. After graduating, Mickey moved to Italy to pursue an M.F.A. in Physical Theatre at the Accademia del’Arte. He received training in Commedia Dell’Arte, Clown, Dance, Choreography, and Acting.  During this time, he attended Flic Scoula di Circo, Circus School, where he trained in acrobatics, acro dance, Chinese pole, walking globe, and various other circus skills. While in Europe, he performed with companies such as Familie Floz in Germany, Divaldo Continuo in the Czech Republic, and Red Dot Theatre in Italy and Turkey. After receiving his M.F.A., Mickey moved to the NYC area where has starred in several independent films, commercials, TV shows, and works as a free-lance dancer. He… Read More »VIEWPOINTS: Creating character through the body, PART 3

Curriculum in Motion®: Using Creative Movement and the Kinesthetic Mode to Enhance Learning

WHO: CELESTE MILLER, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Grinnell College in a position that allows her to combine her love for teaching with her investigation of dance as a performing art, cultural practice, political act and a method for the embodiment of ideas and beliefs.  She is also the co-founder and director of Big If Dance Experiments – an open collective of dancers, actors, movers, musicians and other artists. The name   ”Big If” comes from Charles Darwin.  In a letter to Joseph D. Hooker in 1871 Darwin wrote, “It is often said that all the conditions necessary for the first production of a living being are now present.  But if (and oh, what a big if)….” Celeste was the director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Choreographer’s Lab focusing on dance and community engagement from 1993-2005; and has been the co-founder and director of Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion since 1993. WHEN:  FRIDAY, January 12, 2018 9:00-3:00 WHERE:  1715 27th Court South, Birmingham AL 35209    … Read More »Curriculum in Motion®: Using Creative Movement and the Kinesthetic Mode to Enhance Learning

All Things Art

Links for Art Students: Art School – Degrees and Opportunities – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/ Degree Paths for Art School Students – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/practical-degree-paths/ Financial Aid and Scholarships for Art School Students – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/financial-aid-scholarships/ Career Opportunities for those with a Degree in the Arts – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/careers/ Performing Arts Degree Options and Careers – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/performing-arts/ Game Design: Art School Approach to a Degree in Design – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/game-design/ Online Degrees in Art – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/   Guidebook to Careers in Art – www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/careers/   Resources for Art Majors – www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/resources/   Art History Degree Programs – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/art-history/   Financial Aid for Art Majors – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/scholarships/   Careers in Arts and Humanities – https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/arts-humanities-careers/       Online Opportunities: Online Schools for Art School Students – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/online/ Online Degree Opportunities for Art Students – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/online-degrees/art/ Online Degree in Liberal Arts – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/online-degrees/liberal-arts/

Coming Soon! – SUPERDAYS 2017

JANUARY 20 CONTRA-TIEMPO Dance for Schools w/ Rebecca Renard-Wilson  and Diana Toledo partnership with AL Dance Council (Birmingham) Discover the place of movement as a catalyst for writing and storytelling in this workshop. The presenters from the California-based company will lead participants in community-building exercises, movement/text exploration, and process reflection.   FEBRUARY 4 Monet:  Art in Nature/Nature in Art. w/ Durinda Cheek French Impressionist painter Claude Monet was known for his paintings of his water garden.  He was also a master gardener who designed and oversaw the garden.  Monet said, “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” Adaptable to Life Science in all grades, we will explore the ecosystem and habitat of the water garden and life cycles of the creatures who exist there.  We will create our own Impressionist works with different media such as model magic, paint, and printmaking.  Come away with lots of ideas for using Monet in the classroom for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. FEBRUARY 25 A Pedagogy of Questioning w/ Ivan… Read More »Coming Soon! – SUPERDAYS 2017