Arts Transform Communities: Montana Arts Integration Conference

Imagine a world where classrooms are incubators of imagination; where students are empowered by collaboration and innovation. Imagine a world where creativity rules.

Arts Transform Community: Montana Arts Integration Conference 2018, Montana’s premier gathering of leaders in creative education, will take place on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Mont., June 27-29, 2018. This 3-day event is designed for people interested in advancing arts in communities and education across the nation, dynamically blending educators, administrators, teaching artists, community leaders, creative thinkers and policy makers to conceptualize and define best practices in arts integration.

For more info about the conference and to register, visit  http://www.umt.edu/arts-integration/

Conference Coordinator:

Chris Neely

christyanne.neely@gmail.com

541-207-6116

UM Arts:

Karen Kaufmann

karen.kaufmann@umontana.edu

406-243-2870

 

The Dennis & Phyllis

Washington Foundation:

Mike Halligan

MHalligan@Washcorp.com

(406) 523-1325

MCPS:

Julie Robitaille

jrobitaille@mcps.k12.mt.us

728-2400, ext. 1074

Arts Missoula:

Tom Bensen

tom@artsmissoula.org

406-541-0860

SPARK!:

Jackalynn Snow

jsnow@sparkartslearning.org

406-541-0860

SPARk Arts Ignite Learning logoUM Arts College of Visual and Performing ArtsDennis and Phyllis Washington FoundationMissoula County Public Schools

Russell for Learning: Paintings and Poets

During this day-long training session, teachers will be introduced to the first teaching unit from the C.M. Russell Museums new Russell for Learning Program, Paintings & Poets. Teachers will also become knowledgeable about Visual Thinking Strategies, tour the museum, visit our research center, learn about using arts in their classrooms, and leave with new classroom resources. The course will be presented by Melissa Werber, Education Coordinator at the C.M. Russell Museum.

Russell for Learning – Paintings and Poets

During this day-long training session, teachers will be introduced to the first teaching unit from the C.M. Russell Museum’s new Russell for Learning Program, Paintings & Poets. Teachers will also become knowledgeable about Visual Thinking Strategies, tour the museum, visit our research center, learn about using arts in their classrooms, and leave with new classroom resources. This course will be presented by Melissa Werber, the Education Coordinator at the C.M. Russell Museum.

The cost of the training session is free. Participating teachers will receive 7 OPI renewal units. Travel stipends are available for teachers from Meagher County, Gallatin County, and the Golden Triangle, provided by the Red Ants Pants Foundation, Gilhousen Family Foundation, and the Boe Brothers Foundation, respectively. To register for a session, or for information on travel reimbursement, contact Melissa Werber, Education Coordinator, at 727-8787, ext. 347.

Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Special Webinar Series for Montana Teachers Part 1: Thinking Through Art: Landscape and Place

How can American art be a tool for building critical thinkers in the classroom? In this special three-part webinar series for Montana teachers, experience how educators at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) use inquiry-based approaches with artwork to engage students as thinkers, readers, and writers, while supporting content across multiple disciplines. Gain practical strategies for integrating art effectively into your teaching, and learn to navigate the Smithsonian’s online resources for educators. Webinars are open to all Montana teachers, though they are especially recommended for English/language arts, social studies or history, and art teachers for grades 5-12.

Part I: Thinking through Art: Landscape and Place
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (3:30 – 4:30 p.m., MT)
Explore inquiry-based strategies for guiding close looking and analysis with American art, and ways to make students’ thinking visible. Highlighted SAAM artworks for this session center on the theme of Landscape and Place.
Link to join: https://zoom.us/j/212806679