SCEA Forum

2016 Spring Arts & Education Forum Series:

What is the role of the arts in an interdisciplinary curriculum?

February 25th-27th, 2016, UTC Fine Arts Center

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The Forum Series convenes educators, administrators, artists, and researchers to engage in dialogues about important issues in arts education. Participants will work together to bridge research and practice through the development of curriculum, research questions, and collaborative opportunities. Certificates of Participation will be provided for attended sessions. For more information about the event, please contact Laurie Melnik at or 423-425-5210.

 Spring Forum Series Overview

The Spring Forum Series continues to focus on our overarching question about the role of the arts in an interdisciplinary curriculum while focuing on how the practices of teaching arts and non-arts disciplines inform one another.

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Thursday, Februrary 25th, 2016, ArtsBuild, 5:30pm-7:30pm

What does the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mean for arts education? Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager from Americans for the Arts, provides an overview of the new legislation and implications for arts education.


Friday, February 26th, 9:00am- 5:00pm, UTC Fine Arts Center

9:00am-9:30am: Breakfast and Welcome, FAC, Jim Lewis Studio Theatre
9:30am-10:45am: Curriculum Experience
Participants will consider the relationship between practices in arts and non-arts instruction as they engage together in learning experiences that target skills and knowledge in the arts.
            Visual Art, FAC 339
How do living things adapt to the circumstances they live in? In this unit, fourth grade students explore animals’ adaptation to their environments.  They learn about the field of scientific illustration and create informational illustrations of imaginary animals focused on their adaptations. Facilitated by Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education, Southeast Center for Education in the Arts
            Drama, FAC, Jim Lewis Studio Theatre
What makes a community change? This second grade arts integrated unit of study in drama and social studies challenges students to consider how rules develop and evolve as new communities emerge. Students will step in role as community members attending a public forum about building a new school that best serves their needs while honoring their dreams. Facilitated by Laurie Melnik, Executive Director, Southeast Center for Education in the Arts; Michele Mummert, Arts Education Consultant and Teaching Artist.
11:00am-11:30am: Reflection, FAC, Jim Lewis Studio Theatre
Those who engaged in visual art and drama experiences will come together to share their thoughts on the experiences and discuss questions, concerns, and opportunities that arise as they consider their own teaching and learning contexts.
11:30am-1:00pm, Lunch, Vouchers Provided for Crossroads and University Center Food Court
1:00pm-2:45pm: Curriculum as Advocacy, FAC, Jim Lewis Studio Theatre
How can our curriculum shape and be shaped by the messages we share with students, parents, and the community at large? Jeff M. Poulin, of Americans for the Arts, will guide participants to develop succinct statements about what our arts or non-arts programs are for. Participants will compare and discuss their ideas about their own work to come to a clearer understanding of the shared endeavor that we pursue and how (or to what extent) interdisciplinary instruction addresses shared learning outcomes.
3:00pm-4:30pm: Making Challenging Work Accessible, FAC, Jim Lewis Studio Theatre
How can great works from the past still be relevant to students today? How can text complexity create an opportunity to expose students to classical literature? How can we find the time to still teach challenging works while taking care of student needs? George Bernard Shaw infuses classical, rhetorical devices into his plays, creating speeches that are at once strikingly modern and yet textually rigorous. Though not as complex as Shakespeare, Shaw’s ability to craft passionate, fun speeches on nuanced issues and relationships provides a wonderful bridge to studying Shakespeare. Participants will be guided through exercises in text analysis and performance that help make challenging work accessible to students. This workshop will model the process of inculcating Shavian passion and feeding forward into Shakespeare scene and soliloquy study. Facilitated by Gaye Jeffers, Associate Professor of Theatre, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Evans Jarnefeldt, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Chattanooga State Community College, Professional Actor Training Program.
4:45pm-5:00pm: Recap and Dismiss


Saturday, November 21st, 9:00am-5:00pm, Jim Lewis Studio Theatre, UTC Fine Arts Center

9:00am-9:30am: Breakfast and Overview
9:30am-11:30am: Starting with a Work of Art, FAC, Jim Lewis Studio Theatre
Continuing the conversation from Friday’s discussion of making work accessible, participants will consider how integrated curriculum may begin with a close examination of a work of art. Groups of classroom teachers, artists, and arts specialists will draw out curricular opportunities from works of dance, drama, visual art, and music. Facilitated by Gaye Jeffers, Associate Professor of Theatre, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Ann Law, Dancer, Dance Educator, Artistic Director of Barking Legs Theater, and Founder of Full Circle TAP (Teaching Artist Program); and Full Circle Teaching Artists: Mario Brooks, Genie Carter, Shannon Goins, Jeannie Hacker-Cerulean, and Mia Hansford. 
11:30am-12:15pm: Collaborative Planning, FAC, Jim Lewis Studio Theatre
Participants will partner with colleagues to extend ideas begun in previous sessions and explore opportunities for implementation.
12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch, Vouchers Provided for Crossroads and University Center Food Court
1:30pm: Meet in FAC Lobby
2:00pm-4:00pm: UTC Theatre Company’s Production of Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw, FAC, Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre
4:15pm-5:00pm: Production Talk-Back and Next Steps, FAC, Jim Lewis Studio Theatre
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about Arms and the Man with the production team. A recap of all forum events and suggestions for next steps will be shared.



The 2015-2016 Arts & Education Forum Series is made possible by:

 Tennessee Arts Commission