Jef, Martha and Sheila led an Artist Salon on Becoming a Teaching Artist for 22 potential teaching artists on Friday, August 19th, 2011, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC, under the auspices of the Orange County Arts Commission.
We demonstrated three short, arts-integrated, experiential lessons—one with dance, PE, and math; one with visual arts, dance, and math, and one with theatre, social studies, and writing. All three lessons incorporated 21st century skills and multiple intelligences. Then we described a few aspects of what it means to be a teaching artist, how to get work, and how to design a lesson or residency that integrates the standard curriculum with the art form of the artist. The attending artists received a packet with information, resources, and a brief residency planning guide.