Randy Foster

SUMMER INSTITUTE 2022, June 13-16

You are invited to join us for FOUR days of instruction and inspiration at the SUMMER INSTITUTE 2022, sponsored by the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts, On the campuses of Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Saint James School, educators can immerse in learning about Music, Theatre, or Visual Art, and about ways to use arts learning to impact and enhance the life of classrooms and schools. Here is the registration packet for Summer Institute 2022: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rjqye0rdxhzk8h2/AIEA%20Institute%20Registration%20Packet%202022.pdf?dl=0


The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts are also a fundamental component of a healthy community—strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times. Arts unify communities. 72% of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 73% agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better”—a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories. Arts improve individual well-being. 81% of the population says the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world,” 69% of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” and 73% feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in.” Arts improve academic performance. Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs, standardized test scores, and college-going rates as well as lower drop-out rates. These academic benefits are reaped by… Read More »10 REASONS TO SUPPORT THE ARTS IN 2021

SUMMER INSTITUTE Returns in person this year

Bringing Us Back Together: Creating a Connection Culture Dates: June 22-24, 2021 3 days, safety protocols in place, making connections, having FUN learning Registration packet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nw9tdbhxtzhy4g3/AIEA%20Institute%20Registration%20Packet%202021.doc?dl=0


Author: Pamela Sofras, Professor Emirita, UNC Charlotte; Contributing Writer: Cathy Wright, AIEA Dance Institute Director Pamela Anderson Sofras, Med. is a Professor Emeritus of dance and dance education and was the first Chair of the Dance Department in the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  She has 40 years of experience teaching dance at the university level   and has taught and developed courses in modern dance technique, composition, dance education methods and student teaching. From 1978 to 1990, she was affiliated with the American Dance festival as a faculty member. She served as assistant, associate dean and founding director of the Young Dancer’s School of the American Dance Festival. She was part of a team of educators who wrote dance education guidelines for training K-12 dance teachers for the public schools of North Carolina.  She has also developed curriculum materials supported by state and national grants, for professional arts organizations located in New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and New York. Sofras has been… Read More »EMOTION AND ENERGY


LIST OF ARTISTS WITH CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS provided by Durinda Cheek, AIEA Visual Arts Director Alabama Artists Kelly Fitzpatrick Charlie Lucas Bill Traylor Gees Bend Quilters African American Artists/History Romare Bearden William Johnson Jacob Lawrence Faith Ringgold Ecology/ Life Cycles Claude Monet Environmental Science/Recycle Dale Chihuly Engineering Leonardo da Vinci Alexander Calder Math Chuck Close – Grids M. C. Escher – Tessellations Paul Klee – Shapes Piet Mondrian – Geometry We have Lessons developed for each of these Artists and Curricular Connections. If you are interested in accessing any of those lessons, please contact us for more information. rfoster@asf.net. This project has been made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, South Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Mickey Lonsdale, is an international award-winning physical theatre actor and dancer. He originally hails from Ramer, Alabama. He began his dance training at Alabama Dance Theatre in Montgomery and has a B.A. in Communication/Theatre at Auburn Montgomery. While in college, he became the emcee, entertaining 7000 fans nightly, for the Montgomery Biscuits. 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/choreographer. He became a founding member of Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre.… Read More »ONLINE LEARNING LESSON with Mickey Lonsdale

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


Angela Allen Dickson Angie is the current theatre instructor at Alabama Christian Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. She has taught theatre and directed students of every age for over thirty years. She has her MFA from the University of Alabama in Theatre Performance, is a member of the Dramatist Guild, a certified Meisner Acting instructor for The True Acting Institute, and is an Equity Eligible Candidate. She was recently featured in the Cloverdale Playhouse productions of Dancing at Lughnasa and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and as Baroness Elberfeld in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Sound of Music. She has been involved in many theatrical productions and is looking forward to the time we can all gather together again for live performances. She is also a produced playwright having participated in the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with such musical Theatre dignitaries as Stephen Schwartz and Sheldon Harnick. She has also had the good fortune to perform with Randy Foster in the Cloverdale Playhouse Cabarets and teach at Camp Shakespeare… Read More »ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LESSON with Angie Dickson


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 This project has been made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, South Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.