March 2018
The Kennedy Center

Sarasota County Schools and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall representatives have attended respectively the 2018 Any Given Child Exchange and the 2018 Partners in Education Annual Meeting at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last month. Our Sarasota team this year also had the presence and insight of Dr. Wendy Katz, Education consultant promoting and expanding EdExploreSRQ for The Patterson Foundation. During our time at the conference, we participated in team discussions focused on engaging businesses, trauma-based learning and culturally responsive teaching. Any Given Child initiatives are now present in 25 different sites across the U.S.

Maria Schaedler-Luera, Program Manager for Arts Integration, Kelli Maldonado, Director of Education at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Dr. Wendy Katz, Education Consultant with The Patterson Foundation, Brian Hersh, Program Director at Any Given Child Sarasota, and Angela Harvigsen, Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist. 
The Ringling

Any Given Child Sarasota recently partnered with The Ringling Museum for a Professional Development for Project Elevate schools.Teachers from Emma E. Booker, Tuttle, Brentwood and Atwater Elementary had the opportunity to learn from our Arts Integration Specialist, Jessica Dilorenzo, visual thinking strategies and how to use visual art across the curriculum. The workshop served as a foundation for visual art instruction for teachers participating in the 3rd year of our Arts Integration Residency program. In May, Project Elevate teachers will bring their classes to visit The Ringling where they will practice the strategies they learned while facilitating the visit and engaging their students in a visual art exploration.

Teachers learning at the Chao Lecture Hall in the Center for Asian Art with Jessica Dilorenzo before exploring the galleries.
Paige Whelan

Paige Whelan, a visiting artist at The Hermitage Artist Retreat, visited Emma E. Booker to teach students to use photography as a tool for learning as part of her community outreach. Her project involved teaching students editing techniques and a hoverboard to place pictures of themselves in settings related to their learning, such as "traveling" to a historical time period. Page has worked as an Arts Integration Specialist and a technology teacher in Arlington, Virginia and now works as a national teaching artist teaching Arts and Technology Workshops.

Paige Whelan working with students at Emma. E. Booker.
Save the Dates

Two upcoming Arts Integration Workshops opportunities for teachers:
  • May 1st, from 4:30-7:30 pm at The Landings: Our Arts Integration Specialist, Jessica Dilorenzo, will lead a workshop focusing on Reading Portraits as Biographies to teachers of Sarasota County Schools. For more information and to sign up, please access the Professional Development System website.
  • June 5-6, from 8:30 am- 4:00 pm at the Venice Performing Arts Center: We will offer our 5th Annual Arts Integration League Summer Intensive. This summer we will bring back Kennedy Center teaching artist Sean Layne. More details on full agenda and registration to be announced soon.
Sarasota County Schools and administrative offices will be closed for Spring Break starting Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 30th. Classes will resume on Monday, April 2, 2018. We hope all our students have a restful, fun, and safe Spring Break!!

Teachers warming up at our 4th Annual Arts Integration League Summer Intensive.
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