2018 Houston Arts Partners Conference

Houston, Texas, 14th & 15th September, 2018

When

14th & 15th September, 2018 08:00 am - 04:00 pm

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Klein ISD Multipurpose Center
7500 Farm to Market 2920
Klein, TX 77379
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Friday, 14th September 2018

Time Ballroom [310] 301 302 312 308 309 311 409 406 Auction Arena
9:00 am Welcome from Co-chairs
by Adrienne Shearer, Monte Mast
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Welcome from Co-chairs

By:
Adrienne Shearer, Monte Mast
September 14, 2018, 9:00 am to 9:10 am
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Keynote
                 
9:10 am Keynote
by Mickey Rowe
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Keynote

Keynote
Mickey Rowe is an advocate for inclusive arts and authentic casting for neurodiverse artists and people with disabilities. As the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone in the Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, he was one of the first autistic actors to get to play any autistic character. He is also an acrobat, juggler, stilt-walker, unicyclist, and more! He recently appeared on the PBS series Great American Read, and has been featured in many publications.

Based in Seattle, Mickey has appeared in productions across the country and internationally. Mickey is also Artistic Director of Arts on the Waterfront, a theater/philanthropy company working with Homeless Teen Artists, The Trevor Project, The City of Seattle, and Teen Feed.

By:
Mickey Rowe
September 14, 2018, 9:10 am to 9:40 am
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Keynote
                 
9:20 am                  
9:30 am                  
9:40 am Unleashing the Power of Human Creativity: An Interactive Discussion
by Ted Fujimoto
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Unleashing the Power of Human Creativity: An Interactive Discussion

Unleashing the Power of Human Creativity: An Interactive Discussion
Creativity is essential to human progress and learning. Many set the goal to better harness it but very few seem to actually accomplish it. What can we learn from the lives of the “super-creatives” that have consistently seen success both in their craft and commercially? Ted will share his insights and observations from conversations with many of these super-creatives around how formal school environments and many traditional corporate environments were toxic to them. He will discuss what teams and individuals can do to create ecosystems that are designed support and sustain creativity within their organizations and schools.

His presentation will be followed by a conversation hosted by the conference co-chairs to understand these discoveries more deeply. Participants are invited to tweet their “Ah Ha’s” and “I Wonder” questions which will help shape the discussion and the conversations for the subsequent breakout sessions. Use the hashtag #CreateSynergy.

Register to participate in one of Ted’s small discussion sessions at this link: http://bit.ly/HAP2018


By:
Ted Fujimoto
September 14, 2018, 9:40 am to 10:30 am
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Keynote
                 
9:50 am                  
10:00 am                  
10:10 am                  
10:20 am                  
10:30 am Break                  
10:40 am                  
10:50 am                  
11:00 am Klein ISD: SMATH in ACTION!
by Crystal Moncrief, Jennifer Robison, Meagan Burke
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Klein ISD: SMATH in ACTION!

Klein ISD: SMATH in ACTION!
When you incorporate theatre activities into your elementary SMATH (science or math) classroom, you’ll find a cheap, easy, and fun way to get your kids moving and enhance vocabulary skills. Integrating the arts into math and science helps you differentiate among different types of learners, finding their strengths, and making kids eager to learn. The session will be taught by two classroom teachers and one math and science instructional specialist, who have all seen the effect of integrating the arts into their classroom.

These activities can be used in any part of the lesson plan or for content review. We’ll start by learning some examples of theatre warm-ups that get students energized and focused. Then, we’ll explore gesture games to enhance learning vocabulary words by adding a visual and kinesthetic element. For example, for a fractions unit, students can create gestures for numerator, denominator, equivalent fractions, etc., and explain what each gesture means The visual and kinesthetic elements support English Language Learners, and using creativity develops a deep connection with the vocabulary word, supporting Gifted & Talented students.

By the end of this session, attendees will have a handful of tools to use to enhance understanding vocabulary and content skills through the use of theater games. We’ve seen these activities work in our classroom, enhancing the experience of previous arts partnerships with resources we’ve found on our own. Get ready to have your students up in action!

By:
Crystal Moncrief, Jennifer Robison, Meagan Burke
September 14, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Theatre
The Monarch School & Institute: Social and Emotional Learning Integration: A Therapeutic Education
by Paige Atkinson
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The Monarch School & Institute: Social and Emotional Learning Integration: A Therapeutic Education

The Monarch School & Institute: Social and Emotional Learning Integration: A Therapeutic Education
The Monarch School and Institute serves students and young adults with neurological differences. Our students are often diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, or other neurodevelopmental disorders that impact learning and development. Art classes offer an outlet for non-verbal self-expression, and a place to work towards personal therapeutic goals in a unique way. This presentation will outline types of therapeutic goals given to each student (based on the four core goals of The Monarch School) and how learners work on these goals in a therapeutic art setting. This presentation will also describe how the classroom models neurotypical art class curriculum as a foundation to practice therapeutic goals, and become comfortable using art as creative self-expression.

Teachers and administrators who may have experience working in a traditional academic setting will receive information about an integrative therapeutic art education and will take away from the session how art making in a school setting can be an outlet for students to practice their social emotional skills and behavioral regulation, as well as develop their self-concept and grow self-esteem. Attendees will also receive an outline of a lesson given, and an opportunity to practice art, keeping the special population in mind.

By:
Paige Atkinson
September 14, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: 301 Track: Visual Arts
Houston Grand Opera: Cultivating Empathy Through Music and Storytelling
by Alisa Magallón, Carleen Graham
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Houston Grand Opera: Cultivating Empathy Through Music and Storytelling

Houston Grand Opera: Cultivating Empathy Through Music and Storytelling
This interactive session will explore ways that empathy might be cultivated through exploring the impact that music can make on our emotions, gathering and interpreting oral histories, appraising and comparing varying experiences and perspectives, and how synthesizing such activities may create deeper meaning, personal reflection and a sense of community within the classroom, across generations and communities.

By:
Alisa Magallón, Carleen Graham
September 14, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: 302 Track: Music
PANEL: The Arts and Higher Education
by Ana Calvo, Director of Transition Services, Houston Community College, Richard Walsh, Associate Director - Office of Admissions, University of Houston, Tim Lienhard, Associate Director of Admission for Enrollment Marketing and Communications, Rice University
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Texans for the Arts: Having an Impact - Use your Voice for the Arts and be a Part of the Solution
by Ann Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts
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Texans for the Arts: Having an Impact - Use your Voice for the Arts and be a Part of the Solution

Texans for the Arts: Having an Impact - Use your Voice for the Arts and be a Part of the Solution
Teachers, administrators, and teaching artists can all become effective advocates for increasing access to the arts in your community. Texans for the Arts, the statewide arts advocacy organization, works to protect and increase public funding and to promote policies that support the arts. Through both "grassroots" and "grasstops" advocacy we work to strengthen relations with legislators and decision makers, provide timely and relevant information, and train you both as an individual and as part of the nonprofit sector to increase the impact of your work and your voice. Join us to learn how to connect with existing community resources to influence policy and build a coalition, understand the necessary timing of the legislative or ISD schedules, and take part in role playing to demystify talking to decision makers.

By:
Ann Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts
September 14, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: 308 Track: Advocacy and Funding
A.D. Players: Over the Rainbow: Theatre Techniques for an Inclusive Classroom
by Adrienne Shearer, David Kates, Zachary Dressel
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A.D. Players: Over the Rainbow: Theatre Techniques for an Inclusive Classroom

A.D. Players: Over the Rainbow: Theatre Techniques for an Inclusive Classroom
Some parents of children on the autism spectrum think that a rehearsal room is the last place their child would thrive. After all, many individuals on the spectrum have difficulty understanding social cues, communicating, or building a connection to the world around them. However, when teachers build an environment where neurotypical students work together with students on the spectrum – as they will in the A.D. Players’ inclusive summer production of The Wizard of Oz – it’s an opportunity for all students to develop exactly these skills.

This hands-on session, designed for classroom teachers and teaching artists, will cover three main areas: Using theatre techniques to deepen students’ relationships with themselves and others; how to engage a large group with fun and practical strategies on a short timeline; and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. Attendees will hear from parents, neurotypical and neurodiverse students, teaching artists, and principals of partner schools about how they have observed increased listening skills, empathy, and collaboration reflected in all participants.

Whether you are a teaching artist, teacher, or simply seeking tools to adapt to each student’s learning needs, Over the Rainbow demonstrates practical techniques to welcoming all learners and giving them a chance to shine in the spotlight.

By:
Adrienne Shearer, David Kates, Zachary Dressel
September 14, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: 309 Track: Theatre
Houston Ballet: Dance is a Universal Language
by Jennifer Clagett Sommers
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Houston Ballet: Dance is a Universal Language

Houston Ballet: Dance is a Universal Language
In this 60-minute movement workshop, participants will learn Movement Integration strategies for ELL students and mixed classrooms. This will be an experiential workshop for elementary school teachers who would like to develop their skills for incorporating movement into their lesson plans. The kinesthetic modality has been proven to help increase language acquisition for ELL students.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to replicate and adapt movement strategies for their classrooms and lesson plans.

By:
Jennifer Clagett Sommers
September 14, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: 311 Track: Dance
Houston ISD: It Takes Two to Tango: Relationship Building in Arts Partnerships
by Craig Hauschildt, Rickey Polidore
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Houston ISD: It Takes Two to Tango: Relationship Building in Arts Partnerships

Houston ISD: It Takes Two to Tango: Relationship Building in Arts Partnerships
Arts partnerships occur between schools (or districts) and arts organizations, but they spring to life through the relationships between teachers and teaching artists. Understanding the unique requirements placed on both parties will create the ideal conditions for everyone to succeed. This session will examine both perspectives and offer insight to teachers and teaching artists on how to support each other's unique needs with the goal of ultimately accomplishing their shared mission of creating meaningful opportunities for student learning.

By:
Craig Hauschildt, Rickey Polidore
September 14, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Hall: 409 Track: Art of Partnership
Small Group Discussions with Ted Fujimoto
by Ted Fujimoto
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Small Group Discussions with Ted Fujimoto

Small Group Discussions with Ted Fujimoto
Ted will host three duplicate interactive small group conversations as a follow up to his keynote. The focus of the conversations will be based on everyone’s tweets - using the hashtag #CreateSynergy - and around practical and powerful things teams can do to implement their ecosystem to support creativity. We encourage school and organization teams to attend together. Pre-registration is required.

Register to participate here: http://bit.ly/HAP2018

By:
Ted Fujimoto
September 14, 2018, 11:00 am to 11:30 am
Hall: 406 Track: Advocacy and Funding
 
11:10 am  
11:20 am  
11:30 am    
11:40 am    
11:50 am    
12:00 pm Lunch                  
12:10 pm                  
12:20 pm                  
12:30 pm                  
12:40 pm                  
12:50 pm                  
1:00 pm PANEL: Systematizing Arts Integration by Classroom, School, and District
by Astra Zeno, STEM Teacher, Houston ISD, Carole Mason, Principal, French ES, Klein ISD, Joe Clark, Director of Performing and Visual Arts, Spring ISD
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PANEL: Systematizing Arts Integration by Classroom, School, and District

PANEL: Systematizing Arts Integration by Classroom, School, and District

By:
Astra Zeno, STEM Teacher, Houston ISD, Carole Mason, Principal, French ES, Klein ISD, Joe Clark, Director of Performing and Visual Arts, Spring ISD
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Panel
FotoFest International: Visual Literacy as a Tool to Stimulate SEL Competencies
by Iliana Gutierrez, Molly Blanchard
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FotoFest International: Visual Literacy as a Tool to Stimulate SEL Competencies

FotoFest International: Visual Literacy as a Tool to Stimulate SEL Competencies
FotoFest Literacy Through Photography (LTP) core curriculum is a unique and comprehensive blend of lessons in visual literacy, creative writing, and photographic arts; classroom implementation of the curriculum demonstrates the following outcomes: long term literacy improvement via key areas of language skills including written expression, verbal expression, listening comprehension, and oral directions; improvement across all five Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies; and increased and improved creative self-expression via writing and photographic art making, which leads to increased self-esteem. Student skills and self-esteem grow through lesson progression, and through sharing their creativity with each other and the instructor.

FotoFest defines visual literacy as the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image. The FotoFest LTP visual literacy lessons enable student discovery and interpretation of an image’s meaning through an analytical process dubbed “reading” the image. Visual literacy lessons such as those featured in the FotoFest LTP curriculum contribute directly to improved skills across the five SEL competencies, as shown in research conducted at the EASEL lab at Harvard University.

The seminar will walk participants through FotoFest’s four step visual literacy lesson plan, breaking down the method used in Literacy Through Photography residencies to train students in reading images. Educators will apply the methodology to five images selected from FotoFest’s archives geared to each of the main five SEL competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills. Educators will leave with an understanding of FotoFest’s visual literacy methodology coupled with a means of tying the SEL competencies into visual literacy lessons. Participants will receive handouts as well as access to the referenced digital resources through the LTP website’s password protected educator resource page. Educators are encouraged to adapt this lesson to their classroom’s curricular goals.

By:
Iliana Gutierrez, Molly Blanchard
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: 301 Track: Visual Arts
Brazosport ISD & Young Audiences of Houston: Universal Design For Learning- Collaborating with the Teaching Artist to meet the needs of ALL learners
by Glenn Bailey Jr., Keisha Breaker, Lorin Furlow
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Brazosport ISD & Young Audiences of Houston: Universal Design For Learning- Collaborating with the Teaching Artist to meet the needs of ALL learners

Brazosport ISD & Young Audiences of Houston: Universal Design For Learning- Collaborating with the Teaching Artist to meet the needs of ALL learners
In this interactive session, the teaching artist will learn key components of Universal Design for Learning and the key contributions that they can bring to this flexible approach for designing learning for ALL students. Learn directly from other teaching artists how they have shared their expertise across content areas to assist colleagues with customizing and adjusting for individualized needs, specifically learners with special education needs, within their classrooms and content areas.

By:
Glenn Bailey Jr., Keisha Breaker, Lorin Furlow
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: 302 Track: Dance
Houston Public Library: Pop-Up Library: Once You Pop, You Can't Stop!
by Mary Wagoner
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Houston Public Library: Pop-Up Library: Once You Pop, You Can't Stop!

Houston Public Library: Pop-Up Library: Once You Pop, You Can't Stop!
Houston Public Library's Pop Up Library, initiated with Institute of Museum and Library Services grant funds in 2012, program addresses both summer reading slide and year-round support of education by including STEAM activities as part of its aggressive outreach program into low income communities. The Pop Up Library brings bilingual storytimes, books, crafts, iPad activities and resources to customers where they live, work and play. Learn the steps that build internal and external relationships and reach communities at point of need.
Pop Up Library Too expanded the Pop Up Library concept in 2016 to serve youth with special needs including youth on the autism spectrum, Asperger's syndrome, hearing impaired, visually impaired, and physically impaired. The programs provided engaging and interactive experiences that prepare youth with special needs to full participate in common storytime activities shared by their peers that had, heretofore, been unavailable to them. Sensory learning experiences help them develop cognitive and social skills that support academic success. Facilitating discovery of knowledge, children explored different applications using iPads at the end of each storytime session.

By:
Mary Wagoner
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: 312 Track: Literary Arts
Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education: Legislative Update
by Robert Floyd, Chair, Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education
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Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education: Legislative Update

Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education: Legislative Update
This overview of current and pending Texas legislation on the state of arts education in Texas public schools is a popular annual conference event, an outstanding source of first-hand information on legislation that could affect your campus or classroom. The discussion includes information on the critical topics for the upcoming session – money and school finance, school safety, and A-F accountability. Other topics will include an update on the Commission on Public School Finance recommendations, Foundation High School Program, its successes and shortfalls, no pass no play, and a review of other ongoing challenges to arts education.

By:
Robert Floyd, Chair, Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: 308 Track: Advocacy and Funding
DA CAMERA chamber music & jazz: Using Music to Engage All: Project-Based Learning for Neurodiverse Populations
by Brady Spitz, Brandon Bell, Robert J. Coe, Students from The HUB - Houston
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DA CAMERA chamber music & jazz: Using Music to Engage All: Project-Based Learning for Neurodiverse Populations

DA CAMERA chamber music & jazz: Using Music to Engage All: Project-Based Learning for Neurodiverse Populations
Da Camera’s residencies at The HUB and Lovett Elementary served students with neurological differences. By having the students at The HUB create a gamelan, Da Camera Young Artists created a project that would allow students to demonstrate mastery in two types of skills emphasized in their curriculum: vocational skills such as measuring and using tools; and life skills such as self-management, impulse control, and working together. The gamelan is a type of percussion ensemble that originally developed in Indonesia. The percussion instruments consist of a series of tuned pipes, which students learned how to measure and cut to create different pitches. At Lovett Elementary, students in the TREK (Transition Ready with Essential Knowledge) program learned songs written by a Young Artist composer that helped them to understand the Zones of Regulation, a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach used to teach self-regulation and the understanding of impulses and emotions.

Da Camera Young Artists will explain how they use music as a jumping-off point for project-based learning in math, cultural studies, and social and emotional learning for students with learning differences. Specific lessons taught at The HUB Houston and Lovett Elementary will be discussed, and students from the HUB gamelan will perform the music they learned and discuss their experience. Session attendees will be provided resources detailing how they can create a gamelan in their own classrooms.

By:
Brady Spitz, Brandon Bell, Robert J. Coe, Students from The HUB - Houston
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: 309 Track: Music
Theatre Under The Stars: Sensory Storytelling
by Sara Brunow
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Theatre Under The Stars: Sensory Storytelling

Theatre Under The Stars: Sensory Storytelling
Our senses help us to explore our world, and for Early Language Learners and English Language Learners, sensory exploration can be a gateway to communication and deeper understanding. In this session, educators will learn unique methods to explore science and storytelling through sensory-based drama creation, addressing topic such as the water cycle, the scientific method, plant life, the science of light, etc..

Sensory storytelling is the use of sensory-based materials in a storytelling context, using elements like texture, taste, movement, scent, sight, and sound to affect the dramatic structure of a story and to make linguistic and social emotional connections in a classroom context. Participants will practice sensory play as they purposefully connect it to language acquisition, story sequencing, and scientific elements.

TUTS Storydrama Meets STEM Residency The Art and Stories of Eric Carle explores stories such as The Tiny Seed and The Little Cloud. This dynamic residency gives early elementary students the opportunity to experience their world through storytelling, creative movement, sensory activities, and scientific exploration. In this lively workshop based off of the tenets of that residency, educators will experience the relationship between science and sensory learning, while exploring the connection between science and story.

By:
Sara Brunow
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: 311 Track: Theatre
CAMH: Joy, Challenges, and Best Practices for Adaptable Partnerships
by Adrianna Benavides, Felice Cleveland
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CAMH: Joy, Challenges, and Best Practices for Adaptable Partnerships

CAMH: Joy, Challenges, and Best Practices for Adaptable Partnerships
Creating programming with a partner that meets the needs of both institutions—is no easy feat. In this session you will learn how a contemporary arts museum has hosted programming that tackles a wide variety of subjects including mass incarceration, cancer, queer identity, glaciers, and more while partnering with dance companies, music groups, literary programs, scientists, theater companies, community non-profits, teachers, and more. Examples will include how partners have learned to adapt and communicate in order to work together.

This session will give participants an opportunity to share their own collaborative partnership experiences and collectively the group will brainstorm a series of best practice guidelines for working with partners that have been garnered through our common successes and failures. Partnerships can capitalize on resources and result in more creative ways to respond to community needs.

By:
Adrianna Benavides, Felice Cleveland
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Hall: 409 Track: Art of Partnership
Small Group Discussions with Ted Fujimoto
by Ted Fujimoto
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Small Group Discussions with Ted Fujimoto

Small Group Discussions with Ted Fujimoto
Ted will host three duplicate interactive small group conversations as a follow up to his keynote. The focus of the conversations will be based on everyone’s tweets - using the hashtag #CreateSynergy - and around practical and powerful things teams can do to implement their ecosystem to support creativity. We encourage school and organization teams to attend together. Pre-registration is required.

Register to participate here: http://bit.ly/HAP2018

By:
Ted Fujimoto
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Hall: 406 Track: Advocacy and Funding
Dance without Sight Workshop with Mana Hashimoto
by Mana Hashimoto
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Dance without Sight Workshop with Mana Hashimoto

Dance without Sight Workshop with Mana Hashimoto
Register to participate or observe here: http://bit.ly/HAP2018

Mana Hashimoto is a blind choreographer and contemporary dancer based in New York City. Her career has taken her from her native Tokyo to stages all over the world, to acclaim from critics and artistic colleagues.

Mana lost her eyesight while studying at the Martha Graham School, and devoted her work to merging blindness and dance. In her choreography she seeks to explore the experience of a visually impaired person who desires to create artistically by using her remaining senses. She is the founder of Dance without Sight, a dance workshop that explores movement using the senses of touch, sound and smell. She is deeply committed to bringing dance education to all, including people with full sight, with blindness, and with all physical disabilities, and to promoting peace.

The Dance without Sight Workshop is open to people with all levels of dance experience, including youth and adults with and without blindness or other disabilties. In this workshop, Mana Hashimoto shares repertoire, discusses dance and blindness, and presents her original choreographed piece with pioneering touch performance and verbal description.

From Mana: “If you also share my passion for dance, if you also believe we can turn the loss of eyesight into a gain in new artistic vision, for both dancers and the audience, then let's all close our eyes for a moment, open our hearts and join me in this world of rich multisensory experience. Together we can turn darkness into new light, turn dreams into reality and turn the needs of audience with disabilities into a fountain of inspiration for the dance field.”

Pre-registration is required. Hands-on participation is limited to 12, but more may observe. Participants should come dressed to move.

By:
Mana Hashimoto
September 14, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:10 pm
Hall: Auction Arena Track: Dance
1:10 pm
1:20 pm
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1:40 pm  
1:50 pm  
2:00 pm Break                
2:10 pm Community Engagement: The Art of Sustainable Partnerships
by Darrien Howze, MyTesha Tates
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Community Engagement: The Art of Sustainable Partnerships

Community Engagement: The Art of Sustainable Partnerships
Houston Public Library’s Community Engagement division provides library services to the Houston area that range from outreach events, technology training, and classroom instruction. In conjunction with HPL's mission and service priorities, we strive to deliver exceptional customer service and build sustainable partnerships reflecting our city’s diversity. We will teach the arts community how to identify, cultivate, and maintain mutually beneficial traditional and non-traditional partnerships. We will show the arts community the importance of creating brand awareness through diverse partnerships.

By:
Darrien Howze, MyTesha Tates
September 14, 2018, 2:10 pm to 3:10 pm
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Art of Partnership
Houston ISD: Collage: creating synergy between materials, ideas, thoughts, words and disciplines
by Christina Gonzalez, Neda Khan
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Houston ISD: Collage: creating synergy between materials, ideas, thoughts, words and disciplines

Houston ISD: Collage: creating synergy between materials, ideas, thoughts, words and disciplines
Integrate creative writing with various print media, paper, fabric, textures, found objects, text and images in this hands-on session. Participants will be introduced to the art of incorporating text in a visually cohesive mixed media collage based around a collection of thoughts or an idea relating to a particular theme or subject matter. This session will guide participants through practical and technical advice in creating synergy between the elements and principles of art and the variety of materials provided. In addition to merging several materials and exploring layering, transfer, and assemblage techniques, participants will experiment with creating texture and areas of interest using adhesive, paint and other mark-making media.

By:
Christina Gonzalez, Neda Khan
September 14, 2018, 2:10 pm to 3:10 pm
Hall: 301 Track: Visual Arts
Brazosport ISD & Young Audiences of Houston: Universal Design For Learning- Collaborating with the Teaching Artist to meet the needs of ALL learners
by Glenn Bailey Jr., Keisha Breaker, Lorin Furlow
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Brazosport ISD & Young Audiences of Houston: Universal Design For Learning- Collaborating with the Teaching Artist to meet the needs of ALL learners

Brazosport ISD & Young Audiences of Houston: Universal Design For Learning- Collaborating with the Teaching Artist to meet the needs of ALL learners
In this interactive session, the teaching artist will learn key components of Universal Design for Learning and the key contributions that they can bring to this flexible approach for designing learning for ALL students. Learn directly from other teaching artists how they have shared their expertise across content areas to assist colleagues with customizing and adjusting for individualized needs, specifically learners with special education needs, within their classrooms and content areas.

By:
Glenn Bailey Jr., Keisha Breaker, Lorin Furlow
September 14, 2018, 2:10 pm to 3:10 pm
Hall: 302 Track: Dance
PANEL: Making Cultural Institutions Accessible for All
by Elizabeth England, Audience Development Manager, Theatre Under The Stars, Sahil Patel, Co-Chair, Committee on Advancing Museum Accessibility, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Sharon G. Hill, Director of ASLI Program, University of Houston
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Texans for the Arts: Having an Impact - Use your Voice for the Arts and be a Part of the Solution
by Ann Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts
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Texans for the Arts: Having an Impact - Use your Voice for the Arts and be a Part of the Solution

Teachers, administrators, and teaching artists can all become effective advocates for increasing access to the arts in your community. Texans for the Arts, the statewide arts advocacy organization, works to protect and increase public funding and to promote policies that support the arts. Through both "grassroots" and "grasstops" advocacy we work to strengthen relations with legislators and decision makers, provide timely and relevant information, and train you both as an individual and as part of the nonprofit sector to increase the impact of your work and your voice. Join us to learn how to connect with existing community resources to influence policy and build a coalition, understand the necessary timing of the legislative or ISD schedules, and take part in role playing to demystify talking to decision makers.

By:
Ann Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts
September 14, 2018, 2:10 pm to 3:10 pm
Hall: 308 Track: Advocacy and Funding
Young Audiences of Houston & Kinetic Vibez: Mindfulness and Creativity for GT Students through Yoga and Hip-Hop
by Rajesh Sekhar, Rovion Reed
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Young Audiences of Houston & Kinetic Vibez: Mindfulness and Creativity for GT Students through Yoga and Hip-Hop

Young Audiences of Houston & Kinetic Vibez: Mindfulness and Creativity for GT Students through Yoga and Hip-Hop
In this session, attendees will get the opportunity to experience how elements of hip hop and yoga can help kids cope with stress, overcome social anxiety, and express themselves creatively. Attendees will get the opportunity to experience how the two correlate through self-exploration and hands-on collaborative activities.

Attendees will hear about the impact of the program through video testimonials from parents and students, and have strategies they can implement in their classrooms immediately.

By:
Rajesh Sekhar, Rovion Reed
September 14, 2018, 2:10 pm to 3:10 pm
Hall: 309 Track: Music
VSA Texas: Encouraging Artistic Entrepreneurship: How Artists with Disabilities Navigate Today's Gig Economy
by Alisha Momin, April Sullivan, Grant Manier, Megan Fry, Wes Holloway
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VSA Texas: Encouraging Artistic Entrepreneurship: How Artists with Disabilities Navigate Today's Gig Economy

VSA Texas: Encouraging Artistic Entrepreneurship: How Artists with Disabilities Navigate Today's Gig Economy
VSA Texas will present a panel discussion by a group of young entrepreneurs with disabilities who are finding their way in the new gig economy. You will hear about their creative work and the people who have encouraged them along the way. All panelists are from the Houston-area, so come prepared to learn about ways that you too can encourage your students to follow their dream. VSA Texas has managed the Artist Market at the Houston Abilities Expo for over 5 years, and has nurtured the artistic journey for several of the featured artists on this panel. VSA Texas Artworks Director April Sullivan is panel moderator.

By:
Alisha Momin, April Sullivan, Grant Manier, Megan Fry, Wes Holloway
September 14, 2018, 2:10 pm to 3:10 pm
Hall: 311 Track: Visual Arts
TUTS and Clear Creek ISD: Old School to New School
by Eileen Edmonds, Rozie Curtis
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TUTS and Clear Creek ISD: Old School to New School

Using the art of musical theatre techniques, discipline areas, dance, drama and vocal, the attendees will learn how to adapt their lesson plans to allow for the challenges of a teacher’s current classroom dynamic population. Today, teachers’ classrooms are populated with students from General Education, Special Education, Gifted and Talented, and ELL students.

This workshop will give teachers techniques on adapting their lesson plans for this dynamic classroom through the use of Musical Theatre. The instructors will use a lesson plan based on the novel of The Great Gatsby to demonstrate these techniques.

By:
Eileen Edmonds, Rozie Curtis
September 14, 2018, 2:10 pm to 3:10 pm
Hall: 409 Track: Theatre
Small Group Discussions with Ted Fujimoto
by Ted Fujimoto
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Small Group Discussions with Ted Fujimoto

Small Group Discussions with Ted Fujimoto
Ted will host three duplicate interactive small group conversations as a follow up to his keynote. The focus of the conversations will be based on everyone’s tweets - using the hashtag #CreateSynergy - and around practical and powerful things teams can do to implement their ecosystem to support creativity. We encourage school and organization teams to attend together. Pre-registration is required.

Register to participate here: http://bit.ly/HAP2018

By:
Ted Fujimoto
September 14, 2018, 2:10 pm to 2:40 pm
Hall: 406 Track: Advocacy and Funding
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3:10 pm Break                  
3:20 pm                   Endnote
by Mana Hashimoto, Monte Mast
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Endnote

Mana Hashimoto is a blind choreographer and contemporary dancer based in New York City. Her 14-year career has taken her from her native Tokyo to stages all over the world, to acclaim from critics and artistic colleagues. After beginning her classic ballet training at the Tachibana Ballet School in Tokyo, she studied jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music, and dance at the Martha Graham School.
It was during her time at Martha Graham School that Mana lost her eyesight completely due to undiagnosed optic nerve atrophy in her eyes. Since then her life work is devoted to merging blindness and dance. In her choreography she seeks to explore the experience of a visually impaired person who desires to create artistically by using her remaining senses. She is the founder of Dance without Sight, a dance workshop that explores movement using the senses of touch, sound and smell. She is deeply committed to bringing dance education to all, including people with full sight, with blindness and all physical disabilities, and to promoting peace and humanity.

By:
Mana Hashimoto, Monte Mast
September 14, 2018, 3:20 pm to 4:00 pm
Hall: Auction Arena Track: Keynote
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Saturday, 15th September 2018

Time Ballroom [310] 301 302 308 309 311 409 406 Auction Arena
9:00 am Welcome from Co-chairs
by Adrienne Shearer, Monte Mast
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Welcome from Co-chairs

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Adrienne Shearer, Monte Mast
September 15, 2018, 9:00 am to 9:10 am
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Keynote
               
9:10 am Keynote
by Tony Diaz
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Keynote

Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, was the first Chicano to earn a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Diaz is currently a professor of Mexican American Literature and Rhetorical Analysis in Houston, and serves as an educational consultant for school districts implementing innovative curriculum.
He was the lead writer and editor for the textbook The Mexican American Studies Toolkit. He wrote the novel The Aztec Love God and is included in Hecho En Tejas: The Anthology of Texas Mexican Writers. Diaz hosts the weekly bilingual radio program Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say on KPFT 90.1 FM Houston, and is a political analyst on Fox 26 Houston's "What's Your Point?"
Diaz made national and international news when he led the Librotraficantes in defying Arizona's ban of Mexican American Studies by smuggling books banned in Tucson back into Arizona.

By:
Tony Diaz
September 15, 2018, 9:10 am to 9:50 am
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Keynote
               
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10:00 am PANEL: Portrait of an English Language Learner
by Aisha Siddiqui, Carol Salva, Kim Quyen Nguyen, Lily He, Mirna Mata-Ramirez
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PANEL: Portrait of an English Language Learner

By:
Aisha Siddiqui, Carol Salva, Kim Quyen Nguyen, Lily He, Mirna Mata-Ramirez
September 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 10:50 am
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Panel
The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts: A Tree of Hope for the Trauma-Sensitive Classroom and English Language Learners
by Corazon Briones-Flores, Islam Helmy, Karine Parker-Lemoyne, Marjon F. Aucoin
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The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts: A Tree of Hope for the Trauma-Sensitive Classroom and English Language Learners

The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts: A Tree of Hope for the Trauma-Sensitive Classroom and English Language Learners
Be the Peace - Be the Hope encourages creative expression in order to unlock students’ potential and create positive social connections and interactions through shared culture. In our increasingly polarized world, many children become isolated or detached from their environment and communities.

For those looking for innovative strategies to build trust and cooperation in the classroom, you can use the art-based approach taught in this session to help students explore the interconnectedness of self, other, and community.

Session participants will learn exercises to establish a classroom safe space for students to discuss their identities. In creating their final piece, the Communal Tree of Hope, students use a tree metaphor to represent how they identify their upbringing (the roots), their values/qualities (the trunk) and ways in which they can reach out to others to effect positive change (the branches and leaves). It allows them to reflect on their sense of identity, community values, dreams, desires for self-improvement and purpose.

The pre- and post-implementation questionnaires for students engaged in the program show drastic results in increasing resilience, social connectivity, self-efficacy, and sense of safety.

By:
Corazon Briones-Flores, Islam Helmy, Karine Parker-Lemoyne, Marjon F. Aucoin
September 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 10:50 am
Hall: 301 Track: Visual Arts
Houston ISD: Adaptive Arts: Arts for All
by Chandel Bonner-Hancock
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Houston ISD: Adaptive Arts: Arts for All

Houston ISD: Adaptive Arts: Arts for All
This session will explore strategies to help students with physical and psychological disabilities thrive in the visual arts classroom. First, the session will look at state compliance and answer the "Why?" of Special Education and Visual Arts. Participants will engage in an interactive activity to understand the difficulties students with physical disabilities in completing activities, and learn ways to equalize and understand the physical act of creating for all students. This session will explore the visual, tactile and auditory adaptation practices to meet the needs of our special artists. Participants will also develop strategies for all students as well as students with ADD and ADHD to prepare if they are "early finishers" in the classroom.

By:
Chandel Bonner-Hancock
September 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 10:50 am
Hall: 302 Track: Visual Arts
Texas Commission on the Arts: Finding Funding
by Chuck Winkler, Grants Program Administrator, Texas Commission on the Arts
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Texas Commission on the Arts: Finding Funding

Texas Commission on the Arts: Finding Funding
The Texas Commission on the Arts strives to ensure that all Texans, including students, have access to the arts. The TCA offers resources to schools, organizations, and individual artists that can help lower barriers to the arts and arts education. Find out from Chuck Winkler, TCA Grants Program Administrator, about the range of opportunities that exist for your campus or organization.

By:
Chuck Winkler, Grants Program Administrator, Texas Commission on the Arts
September 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 10:50 am
Hall: 308 Track: Advocacy and Funding
A.D. Players: Over the Rainbow: Theatre Techniques for an Inclusive Classroom
by Adrienne Shearer, David Kates, Zachary Dressel
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A.D. Players: Over the Rainbow: Theatre Techniques for an Inclusive Classroom

A.D. Players: Over the Rainbow: Theatre Techniques for an Inclusive Classroom
Some parents of children on the autism spectrum think that a rehearsal room is the last place their child would thrive. After all, many individuals on the spectrum have difficulty understanding social cues, communicating, or building a connection to the world around them. However, when teachers build an environment where neurotypical students work together with students on the spectrum – as they will in the A.D. Players’ inclusive summer production of The Wizard of Oz – it’s an opportunity for all students to develop exactly these skills.

This hands-on session, designed for classroom teachers and teaching artists, will cover three main areas: Using theatre techniques to deepen students’ relationships with themselves and others; how to engage a large group with fun and practical strategies on a short timeline; and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. Attendees will hear from parents, neurotypical and neurodiverse students, teaching artists, and principals of partner schools about how they have observed increased listening skills, empathy, and collaboration reflected in all participants.

Whether you are a teaching artist, teacher, or simply seeking tools to adapt to each student’s learning needs, Over the Rainbow demonstrates practical techniques to welcoming all learners and giving them a chance to shine in the spotlight.

By:
Adrienne Shearer, David Kates, Zachary Dressel
September 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 10:50 am
Hall: 309 Track: Theatre
MECA: Ballet Folklórico
by Julio López, Liz Salinas
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MECA: Ballet Folklórico

MECA: Ballet Folklórico
Ballet Folklórico, or folk dances that originated from the diverse cultural influences of Mexico, has traditionally been a way of honoring Mexican culture and a representation of the struggles and joys of Mexican everyday life. Each form of Mexican dance has its own style that reflects its customs and traditions in its respective region or state. Some originated in Mesoamerican times, when ritual dances were performed to appease the gods of the Mayans and the Aztecs. The arrival of Spaniards in the 16th century brought a European influence.

The opportunity to practice dance in schools has many benefits, from helping students overcome shyness and boost self esteem to stimulating creativity, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness. Ballet Folklórico in particular has the added advantage of connecting students of all backgrounds to a rich tradition of the Americas.

In this session, attendees will have an opportunity to sample different styles of Ballet Folklorico and understand the historical influences and cultural collisions that shaped them. This session will be presented in English and Spanish.

By:
Julio López, Liz Salinas
September 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 10:50 am
Hall: 311 Track: Dance
Holocaust Museum Houston: Amazing Picture Books: Working with ELLs/ESLs
by Laurie Garcia, Sue Scheppele, Wendy Warren
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Holocaust Museum Houston: Amazing Picture Books: Working with ELLs/ESLs

Holocaust Museum Houston: Amazing Picture Books: Working with ELLs/ESLs
"We use picture books about social justice and Upstanders (those who stand up to help others) to explore Sensory Figure Analysis to develop the background knowledge and comprehension of English Language Learners (ELLs/ESL) and to help students identify and explore the point of view and the Upstander traits of characters.

Sensory Figure Analysis allow students to create visual representations of a character's emotions and thoughts without requiring advanced language capabilities. In this session, presenters will model Sensory Figure Analysis using The Whispering Town. Attendees will then practice the strategy using a different picture book and report out on their experiences.

This strategy allows students to place themselves in the shoes of another person. By the end of this session, attendees will learn how to effectively model the Sensory Figure Analysis strategy and how to encourage students to use Upstander traits in their own school and community. They will also have a list of books as a starting point.

By:
Laurie Garcia, Sue Scheppele, Wendy Warren
September 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 10:50 am
Hall: 409 Track: Visual Arts
  Mana Hashimoto and Leigh Faith in Conversation
by Mana Hashimoto, Leigh Faith
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Mana Hashimoto and Leigh Faith in Conversation

By:
Mana Hashimoto, Leigh Faith
September 15, 2018, 10:00 am to 10:50 am
Hall: Auction Arena Track: Dance
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10:50 am Break                
11:00 am PANEL: The Arts and Post-Traumatic Stress
by Jane Weiner, Jermaine Harmon, Lead Case Manager & Education Youth Development Specialist, The Salvation Army's YARC, Lindi Yeni, Founder, Sidewalk Academy/Young Artists South Africa (Cape Town), Marial Biard, Neurological Music Therapist, Harvey Healing Days, Texas Children's Hospital
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Aldine ISD: Differentiating Art Instruction through Video
by Alyssa Wagner, Joshua Hicks, Kaileigh Newman, Matt Tomaselli, Michaelann Kelley, Sarah Kersh, Yvonne Lopez Taylor
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Aldine ISD: Differentiating Art Instruction through Video

Aldine ISD: Differentiating Art Instruction through Video
For the past year, Dr. Michaelann Kelley has been working with Aldine ISD art teachers and the Aldine Broadcast Network to create online professional development. Currently three visual arts ""shows"" are produced by Aldine personnel. Online PD has increased artistic production, helped in the building of a culture around the same expectations and standards for excellence, and promoted leadership of our ""online"" talent in the district and in the state. This session also responds to the increasing presence of cell phones and iPads as part of a student's everyday learning.

In this session, designed for administrators and fine arts teachers, participants learn from the example of the Aldine Broadcast Network. Attendees will learn about visual arts online professional development and how to use it to meet the challenge of teacher time. They will have the opportunity to produce their own video using their cell phone, to be used in facilitating the learning of ALL students.

The participants will brainstorm a lesson they use in their classroom and, with a partner, break it down into chunks. The attendees will then create a quick storyboard of their video including how it will help diverse learners such as English as Second Language Learners and students who are children with disabilities. The last step will be the recording of a short video to use in the classroom. The session will also address how to advocate for and access the district resources that support creating online PD.

By:
Alyssa Wagner, Joshua Hicks, Kaileigh Newman, Matt Tomaselli, Michaelann Kelley, Sarah Kersh, Yvonne Lopez Taylor
September 15, 2018, 11:00 am to 11:50 am
Hall: 301 Track: Visual Arts
Houston ISD: Adaptive Arts: Arts for All
by Chandel Bonner-Hancock
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Houston ISD: Adaptive Arts: Arts for All

Houston ISD: Adaptive Arts: Arts for All
This session will explore strategies to help students with physical and psychological disabilities thrive in the visual arts classroom. First, the session will look at state compliance and answer the "Why?" of Special Education and Visual Arts. Participants will engage in an interactive activity to understand the difficulties students with physical disabilities in completing activities, and learn ways to equalize and understand the physical act of creating for all students. This session will explore the visual, tactile and auditory adaptation practices to meet the needs of our special artists. Participants will also develop strategies for all students as well as students with ADD and ADHD to prepare if they are "early finishers" in the classroom.

By:
Chandel Bonner-Hancock
September 15, 2018, 11:00 am to 11:50 am
Hall: 302 Track: Visual Arts
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
by Erin Rodgers
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Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
Participate in a question-and-answer session addressing common legal concerns for artists, hosted by attorney Erin Rodgers. This session will cover the basics of intellectual property as it intersects with nonprofit organizations, including fair use, protecting your work, and licensing, as well as alternatives for accomplishing your philanthropic goals without setting up your own 501c3 organization.

By:
Erin Rodgers
September 15, 2018, 11:00 am to 11:50 am
Hall: 308 Track: Advocacy and Funding
Young Audiences of Houston & Kinetic Vibez: Mindfulness and Creativity for GT Students through Yoga and Hip-Hop
by Rajesh Sekhar, Rovion Reed
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Young Audiences of Houston & Kinetic Vibez: Mindfulness and Creativity for GT Students through Yoga and Hip-Hop

Young Audiences of Houston & Kinetic Vibez: Mindfulness and Creativity for GT Students through Yoga and Hip-Hop
In this session, attendees will get the opportunity to experience how elements of hip hop and yoga can help kids cope with stress, overcome social anxiety, and express themselves creatively. Attendees will get the opportunity to experience how the two correlate through self-exploration and hands-on collaborative activities.

Attendees will hear about the impact of the program through video testimonials from parents and students, and have strategies they can implement in their classrooms immediately.

By:
Rajesh Sekhar, Rovion Reed
September 15, 2018, 11:00 am to 11:50 am
Hall: 309 Track: Music
KIPP CONNECT: Devising From Academic Texts: The American Civil War
by Avital Stolar
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KIPP CONNECT: Devising From Academic Texts: The American Civil War

KIPP CONNECT: Devising From Academic Texts: The American Civil War
The majority of students at KIPP CONNECT Middle School are English Language Learners, and they often have trouble in their ELA and Social Studies classes to fully comprehend what they are reading. How do I help my students truly understand and connect with the historical and literary figures in their texts? By using interactive devising methods, our students are able to take on the perspective and vicarious experience of the historical/literary figures and events they are learning about in a core class. They use their body and voice to take ownership of the stories (words) they’re reading.

Whether coming from a history, ELA, or theatre background, we want our students to be able to empathize and identify with the characters and people they are learning about in their academic classes. When I work with students, I use these techniques to devise Civil War scenes resulting in a full play that is performed for their parents at the end of the semester. By creating their final production, students demonstrate mastery of setting, character, and historical context, and of individuals, issues, and events of the Civil War.

By taking on the character and experience of someone different from themselves, students are practicing the skill of seeing and feeling another person’s perspective. This empathic skill is then utilized later in conversations with students when they are in conflict with a peer – referring back to the way they worked to understand a character’s point of view and connecting that ability to the current real-life situation.

Session participants will take on the role of middle school students acting a character from the Civil War: soldier, drummer boy, spy, or war nurse. Together, we will improvise & devise short scenes from the perspectives of people living during 19th century war times.

By:
Avital Stolar
September 15, 2018, 11:00 am to 11:50 am
Hall: 311 Track: Theatre
    Dance without Sight Workshop with Mana Hashimoto
by Mana Hashimoto
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Dance without Sight Workshop with Mana Hashimoto

Dance without Sight Workshop with Mana Hashimoto
Register to participate or observe here: http://bit.ly/HAP2018

Mana Hashimoto is a blind choreographer and contemporary dancer based in New York City. Her career has taken her from her native Tokyo to stages all over the world, to acclaim from critics and artistic colleagues.

Mana lost her eyesight while studying at the Martha Graham School, and devoted her work to merging blindness and dance. In her choreography she seeks to explore the experience of a visually impaired person who desires to create artistically by using her remaining senses. She is the founder of Dance without Sight, a dance workshop that explores movement using the senses of touch, sound and smell. She is deeply committed to bringing dance education to all, including people with full sight, with blindness, and with all physical disabilities, and to promoting peace.

The Dance without Sight Workshop is open to people with all levels of dance experience, including youth and adults with and without blindness or other disabilties. In this workshop, Mana Hashimoto shares repertoire, discusses dance and blindness, and presents her original choreographed piece with pioneering touch performance and verbal description.

From Mana: “If you also share my passion for dance, if you also believe we can turn the loss of eyesight into a gain in new artistic vision, for both dancers and the audience, then let's all close our eyes for a moment, open our hearts and join me in this world of rich multisensory experience. Together we can turn darkness into new light, turn dreams into reality and turn the needs of audience with disabilities into a fountain of inspiration for the dance field.”

Pre-registration is required. Hands-on participation is limited to 12, but more may observe. Participants should come dressed to move.


By:
Mana Hashimoto
September 15, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:50 pm
Hall: Auction Arena Track: Dance
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11:50 am Break              
12:00 pm Young Audiences of Houston & Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas: THERE ONCE WAS A TOWN: Exploring the Worldwide Impact of Eastern European Jewish Culture through Music and Dance
by Danny Strba, Donald Jacobs, Evie Woodard, Galloping Glen Renfro, Leo Hernandez, Marcia Sterling, Tawmus Helton, Wendy Warren
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Young Audiences of Houston & Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas: THERE ONCE WAS A TOWN: Exploring the Worldwide Impact of Eastern European Jewish Culture through Music and Dance

Young Audiences of Houston & Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas: THERE ONCE WAS A TOWN: Exploring the Worldwide Impact of Eastern European Jewish Culture through Music and Dance
Teachers need tools to address bullying, scapegoating, and exclusion in the classroom, and THERE ONCE WAS A TOWN draws on history to model responses to bullying and set an example of peace and acceptance in the classroom.

The word klezmer comes from Hebrew and means “vessel of song.” It originally referred to a musical instrument, but also came to mean the people making the music. Klezmer is the music of Eastern European Jewry for marking weddings and other Jewish events and includes songs of celebration and sorrow.

Through interactive music and dance, attendees will discover 1,000 years of history – from the vibrancy of Eastern European Jewish culture prior to events leading up to World War II; to the rise of Nazism and its effect on European culture; to the experiences of immigrant Jews in America, where klezmer encountered jazz and ragtime and thrived in the early days of New York's Jewish community.

With the virtual destruction of Eastern European Jewish culture during the Holocaust come the inevitable questions: ""How could such devastation occur, and could it happen again in our lifetime?"" In addition to gaining a broad understanding of the worldwide impact of Eastern European Jewish culture, teachers will also take with them a critical framework for examining the scapegoating, intolerance, and “othering” experienced by Jews, and for encouraging students to find their own answers to challenging historical and moral questions that persist today.

By:
Danny Strba, Donald Jacobs, Evie Woodard, Galloping Glen Renfro, Leo Hernandez, Marcia Sterling, Tawmus Helton, Wendy Warren
September 15, 2018, 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Hall: Ballroom [310] Track: Music
    Getting the Money – Showing Funders Your Perspective
by Sixto Wagan, Founding Director, Center for the Arts and Social Engagement, University of Houston
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Getting the Money – Showing Funders Your Perspective

Getting the Money – Showing Funders Your Perspective
Teachers, have you done your homework before you start asking for money? We realize more and more that fundraising is about building relationships and telling the right story to your audience. In this session we’ll explore some guiding questions and best practices one should think about before venturing off on your next fundraising adventure. How do you match your project and its language to the best sources of funding to get the greatest impact?

By:
Sixto Wagan, Founding Director, Center for the Arts and Social Engagement, University of Houston
September 15, 2018, 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Hall: 308 Track: Advocacy and Funding
The Hope Project at Browning Elementary
by Jane Weiner, Julia Elizondo
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The Hope Project at Browning Elementary

The Hope Project at Browning Elementary
“Evaluating the Efficacy of The Hope Project at Browning Elementary: Considering Student Behaviors and Attitudes” is a study conducted by Rice University at Browning Elementary School during the 2016-17 school year. Hope Stone, Inc. founder and director Jane Weiner along with Browning Elementary School principal Julia Elizondo will discuss the study's findings as well as how their partnership and collaboration made the study possible over the course of a school year.

Year-long arts education programs bring a positive sense of self-regulation to students. Hope Stone, Inc. and Browning Elementary School will continue their partnership in 2018-19, marking the fifth year of collaboration where all students in grades K-5 receive Hope Stone's mindful arts education program.

By:
Jane Weiner, Julia Elizondo
September 15, 2018, 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Hall: 309 Track: Art of Partnership
Houston Ballet: Dance is a Universal Language
by Jennifer Clagett Sommers
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Houston Ballet: Dance is a Universal Language

Houston Ballet: Dance is a Universal Language
In this 50-minute movement workshop, participants will learn Movement Integration strategies for ELL students and mixed classrooms. This will be an experiential workshop for elementary school teachers who would like to develop their skills for incorporating movement into their lesson plans. The kinesthetic modality has been proven to help increase language acquisition for ELL students.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to replicate and adapt movement strategies for their classrooms and lesson plans.

By:
Jennifer Clagett Sommers
September 15, 2018, 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Hall: 311 Track: Dance
Holocaust Museum Houston: Art / A Response to Trauma?
by Hyman Penn, Mary Lee Webeck, Rebecca Hopp
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Holocaust Museum Houston: Art / A Response to Trauma?

Holocaust Museum Houston: Art / A Response to Trauma?
From the perspective of a pediatrician, an arts educator, and a Human Rights and arts integration advocate, we explore how Friedl Dicker Brandeis used art with children during the Holocaust and how Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyzcan reaches out to discuss trauma and experience in our world today.

Friedl Dicker Brandeis, an art teacher deported from Prague to Theriesienstadt, brought opportunities for art-making to the children there. Her teaching led to the largest collection of children's artwork from the Holocaust, and to the origins of art therapy.

In this session, in which presenter will use conceptual, theoretical and hands-on experiences, participants will discuss the ways trauma may express itself in children, the signs to be aware of, and see examples of appropriate types of art-making that help kids process events in their lives.

The session provides insight into two significant figures who have used art to support the young in time of need. Participants gain perspective and expertise on art as a tool to support children and the means to develop a rationale for this tool, based on theory and practice.

By:
Hyman Penn, Mary Lee Webeck, Rebecca Hopp
September 15, 2018, 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Hall: 409 Track: Visual Arts
The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts: Storytelling for English Language Learners - Gecko's Story
by Corazon Briones-Flores, Islam Helmy, Karine Parker-Lemoyne, Marjon F. Aucoin
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The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts: Storytelling for English Language Learners - Gecko's Story

The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts: Storytelling for English Language Learners - Gecko's Story
Be the Peace Be the Hope uses healing arts workshops and creative expression to develop social and emotional learning, particularly in at-risk and refugee/new immigrant communities.

Our storytelling and acting activity titled “Gecko’s Story” can help increase communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, perspective taking and ultimately empathy in the 3rd - 12th grade classroom. Participants will learn to use the activity as a practice in nonviolent communication, so the children can visualize conflict resolution that is peaceful and effective.

Acting out the emotions and situations of Gecko’s Story becomes the starting point for drawing parallels to the students’ own lives. First, they become “emotion detectors” to identify different emotions. They learn how to embody a character while considering the other character’s feelings and needs to solve conflicts. Finally, they learn how to organize feelings, needs, and qualities to clearly highlight problems and solutions.

Over the course of the program, our students have reported drastic results in measuring resilience, social connectivity, self-efficacy, and sense of safety, which we measure in pre- and post- implementation questionnaires.

By:
Corazon Briones-Flores, Islam Helmy, Karine Parker-Lemoyne, Marjon F. Aucoin
September 15, 2018, 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Hall: 406 Track: Theatre
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Legend

 Art of Partnership Music Advocacy and Funding Keynote
 Theatre Visual Arts Dance Panel
 Break Literary Arts