Creative Content: Community Collaboration Towards Rigor and Relevance
6th Annual Patricia Cotsen Arts Abilities Conference
Young Audiences of Western New York in conjunction with Arts Partners for Learning and the Buffalo Central Library hosted the conference on November 15, 2013, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY. Workshops were held at the Buffalo Central Library at 1 Lafayette Square, and Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street.
Featured presenters included:
- Amber Dixon, Executive Director, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology
- Mary Beth Murray, Producer, Long Live TOY (documentary film)
- Meg Quinn, Artistic Director, Theatre of Youth (TOY)
- John Sheffield, Director (Principal), Elmwood Village Charter School
Hands on Learning Workshops were led by:
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery
- Arts Services Initiative
- Buffalo Architecture Foundation
- Buffalo Central Library
- Erie2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
- Latin American Cultural Association/ El Buen Amigo
- Roycroft Campus
- Squeaky Wheel/ Buffalo Media Resources
- Western New York Book Arts Center
- Young Audiences of Western New York – YA-WNY
Curators of Culture
Young Audiences of Western New York is offering free after school arts programs for ages 13-17 at Buffalo Central Library and Western New York Book Arts Center located in downtown Buffalo. The deadline to apply is September 30th.
Look for a wide range of children’s programs available this summer at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. The program providers listed below are all part of the Arts Partners for Learning initiative. Click on the organization to see dates of programs they are offering this summer. For information on Canalside, including directions, please visit this link.
Winter – Spring 2013
APL Forum: Building Knowledge for Arts & Cultural Organizations
Thursday, February 28, 1:30 – 4:30 PM
APL hosted a gathering of arts and cultural community partners and program leaders to network and learn more about the APL model and best practices in arts and arts-integrated education. This event took place at Kleinhans Music Hall at 3 Symphony Circle in downtown Buffalo. APL is grateful to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for providing space and support for this event.
Attendees heard from Julie Jackson-Forsberg, an education consultant with expertise in instructional program development, who presented the opportunities for the arts and cultural community to help teachers address common core learning standards. See a video of her presentation here.
Michele Agosto, Supervisor of Curriculum in Art, Buffalo Public Schools, Sue Lawkowski, Executive Director, Administration and Operations, Erie 1 BOCES, and Leigh Lawrenson, Arts in Education, Erie 1 BOCES presented What Arts and Cultural Organizations Need to Know about Working with Schools including Current Policies and Potential Roadblocks. See a video of their presentation here.
Nancy Spector, Associate Curator of Education at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Tiffany Vanderwerf, Curator of Education at the Buffalo Zoo provided guidance on how to develop lesson plans and curriculum guides. See a video of their presentation here.
APL Forum: Connecting Teachers, the Common Core & Community Resources
Saturday, March 23, 8:30AM – 12:30 PM
APL hosted a professional development workshop for teachers and other educators to learn how arts and cultural programs are aligned to help teachers address the common core learning standards. This event took place at the Buffalo Zoo in Delaware Park. APL is grateful to the Zoo for providing space and support for hosting this event.
Julie Jackson-Forsberg, an education consultant with expertise in instructional program devA elopment, provided an overview of common core learning standards and how the arts and other subjects can be integrated to create powerful learning opportunities. A video of her February presentation is available here.
Three APL programs were featured in a diverse array of hands-on learning workshops including programs from the Buffalo Museum of Science, Squeaky Wheel/ Buffalo Media Resources, and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.
A video of the workshop on Media Literacy led by Squeaky Wheel is now available.
A video of the Connecting Science and Art workshop, led by the Buffalo Museum of Science is now available.
A video of the teacher workshop led by Shea’s Performing Arts Center is now available.
The Theatre of Youth presented an interactive theatre activity, The Hidden Sugar Project, for family members, guests and registrants. More detail about The Hidden Sugar Project can be found here. Videos from the workshops will be available here soon.