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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.


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


Middle School Socials Studies and Arts: 3 Lessons VIDEOS 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