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Please contact ASCA Community Arts Program Director Charlie Sears at charles(dot)sears(at)alaska.gov. Stay well, and we are grateful for all that you do! (lastest update: 6/19/2021 – Resources are ordered from newest to oldest)


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Opportunities and Events 

  • Title: 5 Ways to Enhance Student Learning through Inclusive Musical Theater   July 28, 2021
    By the end of this webinar, you will have 5 practical strategies to engage students with intellectual differences, as well as 15 lesson plans that emphasize social-emotional learning. 

    Everyone wants their students to succeed. But sometimes, school gets in the way of education. Desk learning has its limits. 

    The performing arts are a powerful medium to teach skills and reach IEP goals. Science is explored through dance, as students learn about aerobic activity and heart rate. Math is developed through counting rhythms and understanding note values. Scripts mature reading comprehension and literacy. Supplementing traditional learning with artistic activities can create an environment that leads to greater academic achievement through nontraditional means. Nothing is quite as effective as kinesthetic learning, especially for students with disabilities.  

    Presenter: Kirsti Muntz  

    Register for this event below. 

    https://kec.memberclicks.net/mtprogram 

    Closed captioning and ASL interpretation are available for all webinars. For more information or to request other access services, please contact the Office of Accessibility at (202) 416-8727 (voice) or access@kennedy-center.org. 

  • AAEC and Sealaska Heritage Institute offer Juneau Amplifying Storytelling Through Arts & Culture Institute for Teachers | July 26 – August 6, 2021 In this 8-day Virtual Basic Arts institute, participants will be immersed in ways to integrate storytelling, visual arts, music, NW Coast cultural arts, and media arts, K-12 curriculum and instruction.  Application of theory through hands-on practice will fill the days. Three 500 level Credits available. For complete information and to register for this professional development opportunity for Alaska Educators, visit the Alaska Arts Education Consortium website at https://akartsed.org/events/juneau-institute-2021/ 
  • Kodiak Arts Council offers Sum’Arts for Kids Kodiak Arts Council Sum’Arts for Kids provides quality and affordable arts instruction to youth. For more than three decades, the program has engaged local teaching artists to work with Kodiak kids in visual arts, theatre, and more.   For the summer of 2021, Sum’Arts for Kids will include our traditional in-person week-long camps, as well as virtual learning options, take-home kits, and outdoor adventures. We are incorporating all that we have learned over the past year to support options for every family! For complete information visit the website at https://www.kodiakarts.org/sumartsforkids2021 
  • Perseverance Theatre STAR Program for young people will be offered both in-person and online STAR (Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous) is a theatre arts summer program of Perseverance Theatre for youth between 12–18 years old in which both in-person and virtual students will develop their own performance piece with the guidance and mentorship of Teaching Artists. This will culminate in a Showcase highlighting each young artist’s individual talents. The program is student-driven in that each youth will be encouraged to find their inner artist, and to use their own unique skill set to develop a performance piece that is meaningful to them. For complete information visit https://www.ptalaska.org/star-program/
  • The Folk School Fairbanks Week in the Woods Week in the Woods (WITW) participants with The Folk School will stay in the forest for six days and five nights, allowing the energy of our everyday, technology-filled lives to be replaced by the more peaceful energy of the woods. Through the process of creating objects from forest treasures, students will explore old and new techniques and hand tools from many cultures. As part of this process participants will go on frequent guided excursions, learning to recognize the unique characteristics of forest types, flora and fauna of the boreal landscape, and the influences of history on forest dynamics.  For complete information and registration visit https://folk.school/programs/week-in-the-woods/ 
  • Wrangell Mountain Center Mountain Arts for Youth The Wrangell Mountain Center, Mountain Arts for Youth programs invites school aged youth to join artists and naturalists for a series of summer arts workshops for kids designed to connect them with the natural world around them. All programs meet from 1-3 pm at Porphyry Place in McCarthy, unless otherwise specified. Visit the website at https://www.wrangells.org/youthprograms to see examples of past programs offered, and email info@wrangells.org for the latest information about what programs may be available in summer 2021.  
  • Sealaska Heritage Institute to hold Our Cultural Landscape | 4th Culturally Responsive Education Conference – August 5- 7 – to be held virtually This event provides educators and administrators with a deep understanding of culturally responsive education and equips them to transform their classrooms, pedagogy, and curriculum to fully support all students’ success—especially those who have been historically underserved, disenfranchised and marginalized by colonized systems. Educators, administrators, university faculty, and community members are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendees will find engaging and informative sessions to support their thinking around culturally-responsive and sustaining pedagogies for K-12 and university settings, critical theory, place-based education, and possibilities for indigenizing curriculum and building safe social environments for all learners. The main conference is scheduled Aug. 5-7; a pre-conference scheduled Aug. 2-4 will provide additional opportunities for educators to explore and participate in extended topics. To learn more and to register for the conference, visit the website at https://conference.sealaskaheritage.org/ 
  • Outer Coast offers in-person educational programming for high school and college-aged students from Alaska and around the world. Based in Sitka, Alaska, Outer Coast is built on the pillars of academics, service & labor, and self-governance. At Outer Coast, the goal of education is to help students interrogate the challenges facing our communities, country, and world and develop the skills and confidence to solve those challenges. The 2022 Outer Coast Summer Seminar will build upon the successes and lessons learned from previous Outer Coast programs and represents the next step towards establishing Outer Coast College, a two-year liberal arts college. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PKxAsEd7LA7E6aZH2WFprm3nTwGQK9zHKothTQVZysk/edit

Resources Developed in Alaska 

  • Did you know that the Alaska Afterschool Network has a resource for finding Out-of-School-Time programs for children and youth in Alaska? Visit the website to find programs outside the regular school day in your community. Alaska Afterschool Network has also compiled a Summer Activity Guide, including student activities and challenges for children and youth aged 5 – 18. Check out creative opportunities in Culture and Expanding Worldview, and Art & STEM-Based Activities. The Alaska Afterschool Network is a Program of the Alaska Children’s Trust. 
  • Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska—We invite teachers, students, parents and lifelong learners to explore Alaska Native cultures, museum objects, communities, videos and educational resources shared here. Learn about the peoples of this northern world from elders, culture-bearers, scholars and artists. https://learninglab.si.edu/org/sasc-ak   
  • Project Articulate – This website provides art lesson plans for teachers. All lessons have been developed and time-tested by the specialists at the Art Center in the Fairbanks, Alaska public schools. Although developed for a specific grade, all lessons are easily adaptable to other levels. Please keep in mind that these lesson plans are designed to be taught with an ‘Art Kit’ and may not be easily usable without the visuals in the kit. Developed by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and the Alaska Arts Education Consortium. http://www.projectarticulate.com/ 
  • Baby Raven Reads – Sealaska Heritage sponsors Baby Raven Reads, an award-winning program that promotes early-literacy, language development and school readiness for Alaska Native families with children up to age 5. Baby Raven Reads improves early literacy skills by translating cultural strengths into home literacy practices. Baby Raven Reads provides family literacy events, training for care providers, and professional development for early childhood educators. Included on the Baby Raven Reads page are lesson plans, audio resources, and information about purchasing books in the series! https://sealaskaheritage.org/institute/education/education-programs/baby-raven-reads 
  • Kodiak Arts Council | Arts Integrated Lesson Plans – We believe in the power of arts integration and it’s ability to instill a love of learning in students through core subjects. Our plans have been developed by our teaching artists over the years as well as classroom teachers in our Munartet cohort. Some of them are written for a range of ages while others are for specific grades. All of the plans align with the Alaska state standards and are easily modifiable. Please enjoy our FREE curated list of plans and presentations. https://www.kodiakarts.org/lesson-plans-notvisi
  • My Fishing Dance – This digital dance unit was designed with remote Alaskan students in mind. “My Fishing Dance” is ​a 21st century resource for exploring, learning, creating, and sharing ​culturally-responsive arts-based content. Digital resources and video tutorials provide rich content, tailored to the unique needs, interests, and culture of the region. This unit of study is created by Leslie Kimiko Ward, a movement-based teaching artist with a passion for leveraging her creative skills to bridge resource gaps in education. https://myfishingdance.weebly.com/ 
  • Museum From Home: Alaska museums and cultural centers offer a rich diversity of online learning opportunities, activities, and experiences that you can explore right from your home! Visit Museums Alaska’s website at https://museumsalaska.org/Museum-From-Home 

Nationally Developed Resources

  • Carnegie Hall’s, Weill Institute offers online resources for students, families and educators! Visit the Education page at https://www.carnegiehall.org/Education to explore live streams, activities, videos, lesson plans, and resources for young musicians.  Learn with Carnegie Hall: Watch episodes from this weekly series of live streams—drawn from programs spearheaded by WMI and Ensemble Connect—that showcases the power of music to enrich, inspire, and connect. Resources for Families: Explore activities and videos for children of all ages that encourage musical learning, discovery, and play. Resources for Music Educators: Expand your lesson plans, experience education in action with workshop videos, and develop your teaching skills with tips from top educators. Resources for Young Musicians: Create original music across genres, hear insights from professional musicians, collaborate with peers, learn how to conquer stage fright, and more. 
  • Save the Music Foundation | Music Education Resources – Save The Music is committed to sharing high quality educational resources with music teachers and schools. This site includes websites and free online platforms that are especially tailored for long distance education and engagement. https://www.savethemusic.org/grants/teacher-resources/
  • VSA International | Resources – VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. The VSA website includes many helpful resources in support of access to arts education for all, including lesson plans and planning, articles, tips and programs https://vsainternational.wordpress.com/