Arts Powered Schools Idaho Summer 2014

Each summer the ArtsPowered Schools Summer Institute offers a residential professional development opportunity designed to immerse educators in strategies for teaching in and through the arts.

Learning in the arts tap into many of the same skills asked of students under the Idaho Core ELA Standards.

The 2014 ArtsPowered Schools Institute will focus on a framework to address multiliteracies, by engaging with print texts, both literary and informational, through a variety of art forms. Sessions will model how the arts can be integrated into any classroom environment, demonstrate how big ideas can be examined through multiple layers of experience, and provide opportunities for participants to focus on documenting student learning.
Throughout the week you will work with some of the finer artists and educators in the country, explore your own creativity, and acquire valuable curricular resources to enrich your teaching practice in support of the Idaho Humanities Content Standards and the Idaho Core English Language Arts Standards.

What is the Big Idea?

A “Big Idea” or essential understanding is an overarching idea that provides opportunities to explore a complex concept in an enriching way.

“Big Ideas” invite questions and multiple answers. They create a spirit of inquiry. Organizing curriculum around essential understandings allows room for an array of teaching approaches and abundant products in terms of student work in various arts disciplines.

All ArtsPowered Schools Institute activities will contribute to the overall cycle of learning around the Essential Understanding: Time and the measurement of time are universal concepts in our world.

And the Essential Question:
Why do we measure time?

Who Should Attend ?

  • Former Attendees: We offer something new every year!
  • Classroom Teachers grades K-8 seeking new perspectives, teaching strategies, and an opportunity to enliven and renew their creative energy
  • Principals and Administrators interested in the power of the arts to enhance learning in all subjects
  • Artists and Cultural Organizations developing links between work in the arts and important school goals

Monday Keynote, Kurt Wootton

Kurt Wootton is the Co-Founder of the ArtsLiteracy Project in the Education Department at Brown University as well as the Co-Founder of the lab school Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Merida, Mexico. With a specialty in creative literacy pedagogies, teacher professional development, and organizational change, he works internationally with teachers and administrators helping to design schools and arts organizations that are meaningful and welcoming places. Wootton is the co-author of A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts published by Harvard Education Press. A lifelong teacher, Wootton has taught in urban and suburban public schools, private schools, community arts organizations, and on the faculty at Brown University. The New York Times writes: “Mr. Wootton remains every bit as convinced of education’s power to transform lives. He has changed his tool of choice, however, from a mirror in which students see only reflections of themselves to a window that opens onto the rest of the world.”

Kurt will take participants through an “out of your seat” experience that will introduce a range of performance activities for the classroom as well as other ways of incorporating multiliteracies into the daily life of schools. We will explore ways of crossing disciplines, art forms, technologies, and languages. Wootton will also “pull back the curtain” to reveal the theory and research behind the experience and share concrete and detailed examples of ways this approach has been applied in schools and after-school programs, including at his lab school, Habla: The Center for Language and Culture, in Merida, Mexico.


We’ll start each day by Circling Back

Every morning we'll take a few minutes to reflect on our experiences from the previous day. Working individually and in pairs, we'll step back from the forward momentum of active "doing" and take some time to consider what aha moments we've encountered, what we're confused about, and how the week's journey is developing. By the end of the institute, we'll have a "time capsule" that charts our week's experiences.


Each ArtsPowered Schools participant will choose and participate in one Art Studio Intensive. These sequential daily studio sessions will immerse you in an art form as a creator of art. You will gain experience in working deeply with one artistic medium – using the artistic process to develop skills, express ideas, and refine your work. Studio teaching artists will model “teaching for meaning” and help participants gain skills in developing dynamic arts units that they can use in their classrooms.

Select One (Include your 1st & 2nd choice)

  1. Moments: Performing in Time
    Teaching Artist: Dwayne Blackaller

  2. What makes a moment? How do we capture, express, create or recreate a moment? In this dynamic theatrical workshop we'll use light, shadow, sound, and the human body to create performances with an emphasis on time. Be ready to write, move, and play as we devise short plays that will give you new tools to teach about the past, the present, and the future, and change the way you think about theatre.

  3. If You Knew Then What You Know Now: Reimagining Time
    Teaching Artists: Malia Collins and Mike Shipman

  4. Have you ever wanted to live a moment over and over again? Do you ever wonder what it would have been like if you opened the door on the left instead of the right? What would your life be like if you had done one thing differently? In this workshop, you'll explore ways you can describe, in both images and words, the wisdom of time passing. We'll play with the idea of the real self and the reimagined self using the cyanotype process of photography and creative non-fiction to create current and reimagined portraits.!

  5. Take Time for Story
    Teaching Artist: Teresa Clark

  6. It has been said the shortest distance between two hearts is through story. Story sharing builds community as well as and dramatically affectsing time. All one One needs to do is only to experience five minutes as an outsider versus five minutes of being heard to understand the power and necessity of creating a story sharing community in the classroom. These studio sessions will focus on the vital fundamentals of personal story crafting and sharing as well as providing inspiration and tools for making time every day to strengthen the classroom community.

  7. Stop-Motion Time Travel
    Teaching Artist: Sarah Nagy

  8. Stop-motion animation is a fabulous way to introduce students to visual storytelling and technology. We will discuss stop-motion animation and various lessons plans for dynamic and meaningful sequences. We will cover the importance and challenges of group projects, how to tackle art direction and sound, and ways of encouraging equal participation in sequences. We will go through all the steps of producing animation and will produce our own film involving time travel.

  9. For the Time Being
    Teaching Artist: Troy Passey

  10. There is a long established tradition of art making that is concerned with the passage of time. By playing with words as art, and using them as both visual and conceptual elements, we'll experiment with the process of art making as a way of measuring time. We will focus on 'beginner’s mind' as a way of fostering creativity and consider the insights children can teach us in a classroom setting. Since we’ll reference quotes from literature, popular culture, and even everyday idioms, feel free to bring a favorite passage text regarding time.


DIGGING DEEPER – Integrating Literary Texts into an Artist Residency

Reporting project outcomes is a persuasive means for teachers to contribute to wider knowledge about how a successful artist residency project works.
In the 2013 Greenhouse Project, six schools met together for several days to examine characteristics of powerful residencies. Each school began with a text from Appendix B of the Core Standards as a curricular starting point. Artists and teachers worked together to refine their vision of how a specific art discipline could contribute to student learning in a specific content area. Representative artists and teachers will now report back to 2014 APS attendees using the Idaho Protocol to share their Big Idea and methods of incorporating a residency into their school.


Each day sequential informational sessions will focus on fundamentals of integrating the arts and literacy into classrooms. Following our keynote speaker’s lead, we will further explore his introduction through ideas presented in his book A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts. Topics to be explored include: entering text, comprehending/creating text, and rehearsing/revising text. Be prepared to look at text in a way you have not seen before!


Have fun, try something new! Banish fears that inhibit your creativity. Choose from a wide variety of one day studio workshops each afternoon presented by ICA teaching artists. Choice workshops will offer you ways to practice an array of art forms and projects that support the Institutes “Big Idea”. A list of all the possibilities will be available the first day of the Institute. No pre-registration needed.


Participants will be encouraged to spend their free time working on their studio projects, planning lessons or residencies, or organizing an aspect of documentation. Workspaces will be open after hours.


Evening events provide opportunities to experience and enjoy live arts performances and exhibitions of artwork and to connect to the rich arts resources of the community. Participation in the evening events provide opportunities for you to sharpen your skills and deepen your understanding as you observe, describe, analyze, and interpret the work of others – key components of the Humanities Content Standards.


Participants will explore a process to document their learning, post photos and captions, and create text and photos to illustrate your learning process. We invite all participants to bring digital cameras and USB cables to experience this creative way of collecting evidence of learning.


Sometimes workshops or institutes can just become overwhelming. We take in so much information that our heads begin to spin. This is where planned networking spaces are important, even groundbreaking. We don’t want anyone to miss a studio or group session because you are just worn out. Rather, twice during each afternoon we have scheduled in some unscheduled time. Share with a colleague or classmate. Speak with an instructor, or simply take a nap. This is your time to rejuvenate, share, ask questions—network. Do whatever helps to create some balance in this packed week of new ideas!


$200, Idaho residents (includes instruction, materials, single occupancy dorm lodging, breakfasts, lunches, hosted dinners, and evening arts activities).

  • Local participants can choose to spend evenings at home or out-of-towners can arrange accommodations at their own expense if “dorm life” is not their style.
  • Because travel costs are required for some, there is no reduction in registration if you choose to sleep at home.

Registration fee for non-Idaho residents, $800.

Academic Credit

One to three professional development credits through Boise State University or Northwest Nazarene University are available for ArtsPowered Schools participants. Academic credit is optional and will be arranged at registration. The charge is $60.00 per credit. The Idaho State Department of Education will cover the cost of the first credit.

(Optional) Links to register for credit: NNU or BSU

To Enroll

Step1: Complete the on-line registration on Eventbrite.

Step 2: Download a registration form here (pdf) and mail an individual workshop choice form, along with payment, to:

Dr. Peggy Wenner
Idaho State Department of Education
ArtsPowered Schools Summer Institute
P.O. Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0027

Registration forms will be downloadable by March 3.

We are not set up to accept credit cards.

NOTE: Please make all checks and purchase orders out to the Idaho State Department Of Education

Register Early to get your first art studio choices!

ArtsPowered Schools will be able to accept 100 participants for this summer’s Institute.

Throughout the ArtsPowered week, teachers will have opportunities to work with ICA teaching artists,
developing plans to include an artist in residence at your home school during the 2014-2015 school year.


Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Registration and Dorm Check-In
  12:00 - 1: 00 Lunch
  1:30 - 4:45 Opening Events, Keynote Speaker
  5:30 - 6:30 Dinner
  7:00 - 8:00 Evening Presentation, Kurt Wootton
Tuesday - Friday 8:30 - 9:15 Opening Reflection
  9:30 - 11:00 Art Studio Intensives
  11:15 - 12:00 Digging Deeper
  12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
  1:15 - 2:15 Discovering Intentions for Teaching and Learning
  3:00 - 4:30 Choice Workshops
  4:30 - 5:30 Open Studio
  5:30 - 6:30 Dinner
  7:00 - 9:00 Evening Events and/or Open Studio
Friday 8:30 - 2:15 Same as Above
Friday 2:30 - 3:30 Closing Events - Head for Home



For more information contact:

Dr. Peggy Wenner
Idaho State Department of Education

Ruth Piispanen
Idaho Commission on the Arts
208-334-2119 or 1-800-Art-Fund


ICANational Endowment ISDE
Idaho Commission on the Arts National Endowment for te Arts eaprrtment of Education, State of IDaho