Interludes

Interludes provide Academy participants with the opportunity to receive cross-disciplinary training. Every afternoon a variety of workshops are offered in each TAA content discipline. Participants may attend any workshop in any area to learn more about a familiar topic or to explore something new. Participants are asked to choose at least one interlude session each afternoon.

Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2021 Tennessee Arts Academy.

SPECIAL TAA SESSIONS

Morning Movement with Vanessa

Presenter: Vanessa Paletta

(Monday–Friday: 8:00–8:30 AM Daily)
(Optional Class - Credit is Not Offered)
Join Vanessa daily for Morning Movement yoga. This thirty minute practice is a beautiful way to get centered each day before the Academy begins. Participants will be able to welcome the day by taking some deeper breaths and alleviating tension by mobilizing the body with guided movement. These classes are gentle, but warming, to help everyone start the day energized and focused. There are no prerequisites for these sessions. All are welcome. All you will need is a yoga mat or a comfortable space (carpet or rug) to move your body and a chair with a back.

Vanessa Paletta is a Vinyasa yoga teacher living in Tampa Bay, Florida. As a teacher, she is centered on helping people who have experienced trauma and the profound impact yoga can have on healing. She has traveled to Goa, India, where she received certification in Vinyasa yoga and Indian philosophy from Sampoorna Yoga School. Learn more about Vanessa at VanessaPaletta.com, or find her on Instagram @VanessaPalettaYoga.

TAA Virtual Arts Vendor Fair

Presenter: QuaverEd

(Tuesday: 8:30 - 9:00 AM and 2:00 - 2:30 PM)
(Optional Sessions - Credit is Not Offered)
Stop in anytime during the time slots listed above and talk with representatives from QuaverEd about the many products they offer and the resources they have available for teachers and students.

TAA Virtual Arts Vendor Fair

Presenter: Steinway Piano Gallery

(Wednesday: 8:30 - 9:00 AM, 2:00 - 2:30 PM, 5:00-5:30 PM)
(Optional Sessions - Credit is Not Offered)
Stop in anytime during the time slots listed above and talk with representatives from Steinway Piano Gallery and Roland Keyboards about the many products they offer and the resources they have available for teachers and students.

TAA Virtual Arts Vendor Fair

Presenter: Tennessee Shakespeare Company

(Wednesday: 2:00 - 2:30 PM)
(Optional Sessions - Credit is Not Offered)
Stop in anytime during the time slots listed above and talk with representatives from Steinway Piano Gallery and Roland Keyboards about the many products they offer and the resources they have available for teachers and students.

GENERAL INTEREST RELATED INTERLUDES

Arts360 Working Group: Meeting #1

Presenter: Alicia Lark Fuss

(Wednesday: 3:003:30 PM)
This session is required for Arts360 Year 1 participants, and provides the group with the opportunity to reflect on the sessions they attended and to plan as a school team. Members will meet in breakout rooms with the other attendees from the same school, and discussion will be led by the school’s Arts360 team leader. Tennessee Arts Commission staff will also be available to answer questions. NOTE: This workshop is for Arts360 Year 1 participants only.

Arts360 Working Group: Meeting #2

Presenter: Alicia Lark Fuss

(Friday: 4:30 PM–5:00 PM)
This session is required for Arts360 Year 1 participants, and provides the group with the opportunity to reflect on the sessions they attended and to plan as a school team. Members will meet in breakout rooms with the other attendees from the same school, and discussion will be led by the school’s Arts360 team leader. Tennessee Arts Commission staff will also be available to answer questions. NOTE: This workshop is for Arts360 Year 1 participants only.

Alicia Lark Fuss is the director of arts education at the Tennessee Arts Commission. Fuss is a theatre artist, facilitator, and educator, and holds a degree in theatre for young audiences from the University of Central Florida and a degree in theatre arts from Florida State University.

Foster Care to Arts Career

Presenter: Allison Galloway-Gonzalez

(Friday, 4:30–5:00 PM)
In this session, the presenter will share the story that she often shares with students. It covers her journey from foster care and adoption to building an arts business of her own. Her life has been enriched with the essentials that are taught by the arts: persistence, self-confidence, passion, authenticity, and curiosity.

Allison Galloway-Gonzalez is a fierce arts advocate, activist, leader, teammate, innovator, parent, partner, and friend who started selling her own art at the age of eight and has now founded her own creative consulting firm at the age of forty.

How to Leverage Your Teaching into World Travel

Presenter: Jennifer Gray

(Wednesday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
This session will feature a chat with international schools teacher Jennifer Gray and provide information for teachers who would like to leverage their teaching careers into international travel. Gray began working decades ago at schools in Scotland and Tanzania. She then settled in Nashville, founded the Imaginers Theatre Company, and taught drama at Nashville’s arts magnet middle schools. She later taught abroad in Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Kuwait, and Mozambique. Gray is delighted to chat with others about how they might pursue teaching abroad.

Jennifer Gray taught drama at arts magnet schools in Nashville for thirteen years before she pursued a career teaching and directing theatre abroad. She received her theatre training at Northwestern University, New York University, and Vanderbilt University. Her doctoral research and life-long interest in creativity development continues to inform her work with young people. Gray is the founding director of both Arkansas Arts Centers Children’s Theatre and the Imaginers Theatre Company.

Southern Word in Schools

Presenter: Benjamin Smith

(Thursday:  2:152:45 PM and 3:454:15 PM)
This session will feature youth performers who have participated in Southern Word’s various programs. In addition, participants will also get an overview of the ways that Southern Word uses their writing and music mentorship programs to engage with schools and community partners.

Benjamin Smith is the executive director of Southern Word, which has placed writing and music mentors in schools to support literacy and social emotional learning since 2008.

ARTS LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION RELATED INTERLUDES

Increasing Art Educator Engagement

Presenter: Tina M Atkinson

(Tuesday and Wednesday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
Need a research-based way to advocate for arts educators and their programs? This presentation will share a framework for empowering art educators to engage in professional learning to increase teacher efficacy.

Tina Atkinson currently serves as the elementary division research commissioner for the National Art Education Association, in addition to serving as the Middle Tennessee regional chair for the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA). Atkinson was recognized as a Blue Ribbon Teacher in 2019 for instructional excellence in her school district, was selected as the TAEA Tennessee Art Educator of the Year in 2018, and has been teaching visual art to university students and children in kindergarten through twelfth grade for twenty-three years.

A Conversation About Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning

Presenter: Scott Edgar

(Monday: 3:00–3:30 PM, 3:45–4:15 PM, and 4:30–5:00 PM)
In this session, Scott Edgar will explore how arts education is fertile ground for social and emotional learning (SEL) instruction. He will also describe some ways to intentionally and organically integrate the approach into the artistic process.

Growing Community Arts Support

Presenter: Lizzie Emmons

(Tuesday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
Generating support for the arts in each community takes a village; luckily, it’s a village that already exists. Join Lizzie Emmons, leadership member of Weakley Arts Can, as she discusses how this arts nonprofit is growing support for the arts in rural Northwest Tennessee, as well as how educators can tap into existing resources to strengthen the arts in every community.

Lizzie Emmons is programs and external operations coordinator for the department of music at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She also serves as the advocacy coordinator for Weakley Arts Can.

Becoming an Impactful Mentor

Presenter: Ryan Fisher

(Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 3:00–3:30 PM)
One essential skill that effective arts leaders must develop is mentorship. Mentors play an important role in developing the next generation of arts leaders and teachers. This session will highlight some specific traits that impactful mentors have.

Ryan Fisher is currently the associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis where he leads the college’s mentorship program.

Shift Happens: Cultivating Student Success in In-person, Online, and Hybrid Experiential and Performance-based Courses

Presenter: Derrick Fox

(Tuesday: 3:45–4:15 PM; Wednesday: 2:15–2:45 PM; Thursday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
This session will help attendees be successful at teaching in-person, online, and hybrid experiential and performance-based courses. Guidelines will be given for adaptable, synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using the Jigsaw Learning method, Flip Grid, and community-based service learning.

Derrick Fox is director of choral activities and distinguished associate professor of music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

One World, Many Journeys

Presenter: Ellen S. Gilbert

(Tuesday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
In this session, artists from the Global Education Center will share a portion of the resources that their organization brings to schools, including taking participants on a rhythmic journey through the Americas via dance and percussion.

Ellen Gilbert is the executive director and school outreach program director with the Global Education Center, an anti-bias, multicultural arts education center. The center uses the arts of diverse cultures to highlight commonalities and promote cross-cultural understanding and respect. Now in its twenty-fifth year, the organization is recognized as a national leader in professional development for teachers in multicultural arts integration.

Silo is a Four-letter Word: Re-thinking How Arts Educators Collaborate

Presenter: Lindsay Halford

(Monday: 3:00–3:30 PM; Thursday: 3:00–3:30 PM)
This session will explore ways in which arts educators in both large and small districts can create the collaboration opportunities they need and deserve in order to thrive. The session will also include discussion on ways that arts leaders and administrators can support that work.

Lindsay Halford currently serves as the district fine arts specialist in Rutherford County Schools, Tennessee.

Stoking Your Own Creative Fires to Improve Your Leadership

Presenter: Ted Horrell

(Wednesday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
Moderator Dru Davison will speak to Lakeland School System superintendent, Ted Horrell. In addition to his academic life, Horrell regularly performs with his band, Ted Horrell and the Monday Night Card. Horrell will explore how his own creative expression as songwriter, guitarist, and singer has impacted his ability to lead and learn.

Ted Horrell is the founding superintendent of Lakeland School System, a municipal district outside of Memphis, Tennessee.

Reuse Art: Addressing Inequity, Twenty-first Century Skills, and Social Awareness

Presenter: Dee Kimbrell

(Tuesday and Wednesday: 3:45–4:15 PM; Thursday: 4:305:00 PM) 
The year 2020 put a spotlight on inequity in education. Reused art projects are one way for students to build important twenty-first century skills, grow self and social awareness, and level the playing field so all students can take part in creative expression.

Dee Kimbrell is a reuse visual artist and storyteller who works with groups of all ages and abilities.

Evaluating Artistic Relevancy through Social Impact

Presenter: William L. Lake, Jr.

(Monday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
Many arts initiatives that are centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion fail to evaluate the lasting impact of programs and policies. This session will share a linear process with attendees that will help them assess the effectiveness, validity, and relevance of such initiatives—from the classroom to the policy level.

William Lake, Jr., is associate director of bands and assistant professor of music at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York.

Using Strategic Planning to Grow K–12 Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Programs

Presenter: Jeff Smith

(Thursday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
Learn how to build a strategic plan, get input into the strategic planning process from multiple stakeholders, and put the strategic plan into action. Firsthand experience in building a music education needs assessment and multi-year VAPA strategic plan will be shared.

Getting the Right People on the Bus: Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Teachers of Excellence

Presenter: Jeff Smith

(Friday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
In this session, participants will learn ways to use traditional and non-traditional communication strategies to attract and recruit high quality applicants for positions in music, theatre, dance, and visual arts.

Jeff Smith is director of arts for Metro Nashville Public Schools. In this role, he supports the work of four hundred arts educators in their efforts to provide eighty-six thousand students with equitable access to arts learning opportunities that demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning.

Building Community through Collaborative Arts Programming

Presenter: Janet Thompson

(Tuesday: 2:15–2:45 PM; 3:00–3:30 PM; 3:45–4:15 PM)
Participants in this session will explore reflective practices, creative processes, and critical thinking that will help them grow their teaching skills. They will also learn how to integrate creative approaches that inspire youth to discover their unique voices, unleash their passions, and become active citizens through social justice and collaborative arts.

Janet Thompson sees her role as an arts advisor. Her goal is to lead and guide arts teachers, teaching artists, and school leaders to integrate creative and critical thinking skills in their teaching. Her wish is to build strong communities for people of diverse backgrounds.

A Story to Tell

Presenter: Jessica Young

(Tuesday: 2:15–2:45 PM, 3:00–3:30 PM, 3:45–4:15 PM)
Award-winning author Jessica Young will discuss her books and writing process and share examples of creative activities to help elementary students tell their stories. The session will include an opportunity to ask questions and information about her school visits—both virtual and in-person.

When she isn’t writing picture books, early readers, and chapter books, award-winning author Jessica Young loves sharing the creative process with students.


MUSIC RELATED INTERLUDES

Inviting Surprise, Delight, and Curiosity into the Classroom

Presenter: Janet Revell Barrett

(Thursday: 3:004:00 PM)
How do imaginative encounters with the arts enliven students’ school experiences? In this playful session, participants will begin to answer that question by exploring a bouquet of possibilities that build upon students’ curiosities as they create music inspired by art and poetry. Participants should come ready to explore sounds, texts, and images!

Janet Revell Barrett is a professor of music education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches courses in philosophy, research methods, music teacher education, and interdisciplinary approaches to the music curriculum. She serves as editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

The Power of Repetition

Presenter: Douglas Beam

(Monday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
This session focuses on the power found in ostinatos and ways that these short repetitive patterns can be used as a basis for developing musical literacy and as a tool for student composition. Focusing primarily on elementary-aged musicians, attendees will sing, say, play, and move as they work on developing skills they can use creatively in the classroom.

Douglas Beam is an educator and composer who teaches music at the International School of Amsterdam. He holds certification in Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály. His choral music is published with Hal Leonard, Boosey and Hawkes, and Colla Voce. His work focuses on developing part-singing skills in students of all ages and helping students become creators of music.

Caring and Sharing for Elementary Music Teachers

Presenter: David Chambers

(Monday: 4:305:00 PM)
The 2020–2021 school year was like no other. Even though it was crazy and stressful, there were also many successes. During this session, participants will have a chance to network with other elementary music teachers across the state to talk about their experiences over the past year and share successful lessons and activities.

David Chambers is an elementary music specialist for Fentress County Schools with twenty-eight years of experience. He is also the choir director for Allardt Presbyterian Church and the founding director of the Fentress County Community Choir, which completed thirty years of concerts just before the pandemic. Chambers has served as a TAA elementary music facilitator since 2005.

Developing Music Literacy in your Beginning Band and Orchestra Classroom

Presenter: Rob Chilton

(Friday: 3:454:15 PM)
Tone and technique are important. However, one of the most important and most easily overlooked areas of music education is literacy. Developing literacy in the first year of instrumental instruction is vital. In this workshop, Rob Chilton will discuss techniques and strategies to improve music literacy in the beginning band or orchestra classroom for the purposes of strengthening individual musicians, as well as future ensembles!

Rob Chilton currently works for Williamson Music 1st as the creator and videographer for the digital music theory program RC Theory. Before this, he was the director of bands at Killian Middle School in Lewisville, Texas. Bands under his direction have performed for the 2019 The Midwest Clinic and 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

The Arts During COVID-19

Presenter: Ann Clements
(Monday: 2:152:45 PM)

The sudden closure of museums, galleries, concert halls, and theaters in March 2020 upended the art world. Many now feel that the future of both local and professional art and performance communities are at risk. This session will explore the challenges of the pandemic and the surge of new arts and artistic practices that have emerged from both common and unexpected places.

Music Connections

Presenter: Ann Clements

(Tuesday and Thursday: 3:454:15 PM)
During this session, Ann Clements will be in her virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about secondary general music related issues or music education concerns.

Teaching Rhythm through the Vertical Method

Presenter: Anthony DeQuattro

(Monday: 3:454:15 PM)
Rhythms are usually taught by counting and moving horizontally through measures. Although this method allows players to perform rhythms accurately, it often does not help students play as a unified whole, since even a slight difference in tempo between players will cause a group’s rhythm to be out of sync. To achieve complete synchronicity, students must understand how the rhythms work vertically, by relating those rhythms to the pulse. In this session, participants will explore a different approach to teaching rhythm that will center on mastery of the pulse and ensure rhythmic synchronicity in ensembles.

Anthony DeQuattro is on the faculties of Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University and is a contributing author to Cengage Publication’s Listening to Music. He has studied in Bali, Ghana, Puerto Rico, and Taiwan, and was part of a United States sponsored cultural exchange with Nepal in 2019. He received his education from The Hartt School, Yale University, Boston University, and the public library.

Creating Playalong Videos

Presenter: Manju Durairaj
(Wednesday: 2:152:45 PM)

Rhythm and body percussion playalong videos have become wonderful aides for introducing, practicing, and performing rhythms. This interlude will introduce teachers to creating these playalongs using PowerPoint or Keynote.

Music Connections

Presenter: Manju Durairaj

(Tuesday and Thursday: 2:152:45 PM)
During this session, Manju Durairaj will be in her virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about elementary music related issues or music education concerns.

Music ConstructED: Practical and Purposeful Professional Development for the Passionate Music Educator

Presenters: Sarah Fairfield and Kate Hagen

(Monday: 3:003:30 PM)
In this interlude, participants will explore MusicConstructED.com, an online platform of professional development resources that have been specifically designed for and by general music educators. The presenters will provide a virtual tour of the platform, highlight its features, and talk about the opportunities it offers educators to join a larger community of practice.

Sarah Fairfield is an accomplished music educator with more than twenty years of teaching and performing experience. She teaches in the Iowa City Schools, where she also serves as a curriculum coordinator and instructional design strategist. Last year, she partnered with West Music to develop MusicConstructEd.com, a professional development platform specially designed for general music educators.

Kate Hagen teaches in the Iowa City Schools. She holds national board certifications in both teaching and music therapy. She graduated with degrees in music therapy from the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. She also completed all levels of Orff-Schulwerk training at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Connect with Music Listening

Presenter: Brent Gault

(Wednesday: 3:004:00 PM)
In this session, participants will explore how music listening can be combined with movement and art as a way of forming deep connections with the music being presented.

Brent Gault is professor and interim chair of music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He specializes in elementary and early childhood music education. He is the author of Listen Up! Fostering Musicianship Through Active Listening, as well as co-editor with Carlos Abril of the books General Music: Dimensions of Practice and Teaching General Music.

How my Dogs Taught Me to be a Better Teacher and Conductor

Presenter: Gary Hill
(Wednesday: 3:454:15 PM)

Dogs are miraculous creatures! Their keen senses, brilliant minds, and ability to adapt to their environments make them amazing partners in many endeavors. In this session, Gary Hill will talk about how developing his skills as a dog trainer and handler led him to realize the countless connections between working with dogs and leading and teaching humans. He will also share the lessons and wisdom he gleaned from his canine encounters that can make educators better teachers of people.

Music Connections

Presenter: Gary Hill

(Tuesday and Thursday: 2:152:45 PM)
During this session, Gary Hill will be in his virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about secondary instrumental music related issues or music education concerns.

The Four Cs and the PhD to Becoming a Successful Teacher

Presenter: Quincy Hilliard

(Wednesday: 2:152:45 PM)
In this session, Quincy Hilliard will discuss the characteristics that create successful teachers. It isn’t rocket science, but plain old common sense. These traits enable educators to motivate and mold successful students—not only during their tenure with the students, but long after the students have gone.

Quincy Hilliard’s compositions for wind band are published by a variety of well-known publishers. He is frequently commissioned to compose works. Past examples include one for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and a score for the documentary film The Texas Rangers. Hilliard is regularly invited to conduct, demonstrate effective techniques, and adjudicate festivals throughout the world. He currently holds the position of composer in residence and is the Heymann Endowed Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

Exploring Music Composition Outside of the Music Classroom

Presenter: Victor Johnson
(Wednesday: 3:003:30 PM)

Music composition is a wonderfully creative tool that can easily be used by various disciplines outside of the music classroom. In this interlude, Victor Johnson will describe foundational composition principles that can be used in a variety of cross-curricular activities.

Music Connections

Presenter: Victor Johnson

(Tuesday and Thursday: 3:003:30 PM)
During this session, Victor Johnson will be in his virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about secondary choral music related issues or music education concerns.

Caring and Sharing for Secondary Choral Music Teachers

Presenter: Kami Lunsford and Chris Strelecki

(Tuesday: 4:305:00 PM)
The 2020–2021 school year was like no other. Even though it was crazy and stressful, there were also many successes that occurred. During this session, participants will have a chance to network with other secondary choral music teachers across the state to discuss their experiences over the past year and share successful lessons and activities.

Kami Lunsford, who was named Tennessee Teacher of the Year in 2020, is currently choir director of Karns Middle School in Knoxville. She has been sharing her love of learning and music with students, teachers, and future educators in all three regions of Tennessee for her entire career.

Chris Strelecki just completed his twelfth year as choral director at Poplar Grove Middle School in Franklin, Tennessee. His past positions include three years as elementary music teacher at Housman Elementary and choral director for two years at Landrum Middle School in Houston, Texas. Strelecki is a member of the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association and the Tennessee Music Education Association.


The ToolBox Edit: Organizing your Rehearsal Strategies for Efficiency and Success

Presenter: Lesley Mann

(Friday: 3:003:30 PM)
Does your teacher toolbox resemble a kitchen junk drawer? While most conductors have experienced countless rehearsal strategies, many struggle to recall the right tool in the moment. This session will explore how organizing musical concepts into frameworks can help educators better plan their rehearsals. The musical goals of note acquisition, vocal technique, and expressivity will be covered. Strategies for achieving these goals through the use of kinesthetic, metaphorical, and technical tools will also be discussed. In addition, this interlude will highlight how teaching in multiple modalities allows students to learn more efficiently while quickly achieving their goals.

Lesley Maxwell Mann is an associate professor music at Belmont University, where she serves as coordinator of music education, teaches coursework in choral methods, middle school methods, conducting, music theory, behavior modification, and coordinates the student teaching program. She is the conductor of the Women’s Chorus, a large choir of women composed of majors across the university, and is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.

Re-Membering After the Lock-down: Best Practices for the New Normal

Presenter: Jeffrey Allen Murdock

(Thursday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
During the pandemic, educators have been forced to re-tool practices in the face of uncertainty. Most have also learned to focus on those things that were most pressing in order to continue important teaching and learning. In this session, the presenter will discuss strategies for re-entry, identify the most critical issues facing teachers and students, and identify ways to set up programs for success as educators return to their physical classrooms.

Jeffrey Allen Murdock is an internationally known conductor, clinician, and music educator. He currently serves as associate director of choral activities and associate professor of music at the University of Arkansas. He is highly sought after as a clinician in the field of choral music and education, having conducted choirs, or headlined conferences in twenty-six states and seven countries. In 2021 Murdock was named the GRAMMY© Music Educator of the Year.

Zoomed Out: Enduring Lessons of Distanced Learning

Presenter: Troy Robertson

(Monday: 3:003:30 PM)
During the pandemic, Troy Robertson worked with musicians across the country and around the world to found ChorAmor, an organization dedicated to creating resources for choral musicians. The ChorAmor organization and website are free and require no sign-up for full access to all materials and activities. In this session, Robertson will share the most impactful elements of ChorAmor for teaching beyond the pandemic.

Troy Robertson is the director of choirs at Tarleton State University and the conductor of the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale. He is the founder of ChorAmor, as well as a composer and clinician.

Let’s Go on a Trip: A Musical Journey to Korea

Presenter: Natasha Thurmon
(Wednesday: 4:305:00 PM)

Come travel to South Korea. On this journey, explore the country’s food and culture—especially as it relates to the popular folk song “Arirang.”

Music Connections

Presenter: Natasha Thurmon

(Tuesday and Thursday: 4:305:00 PM)
During this session, Natasha Thurmon will be in her virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about elementary music related issues or music education concerns.

Special Education Law: Music Educators’ Rights and Responsibilities

Presenter: Kimberly VanWeelden

(Friday: 2:152:45 PM)
More than forty-five years after the passage of PL 94-142, music educators are still learning how to include and successfully work with students with disabilities in their classrooms. This session will discuss teachers’ rights and responsibilities within current special education law to help them understand how to be successful and in compliance.

Kimberly VanWeelden, professor of music education at Florida State University, is a choral and general music specialist. She currently serves as the international chair of the Special Music Education and Music Therapy Commission of the International Society for Music Education. She is also past national chair of the Children with Exceptionalities Special Research Interest Group of the National Association for Music Education.

Caring and Sharing for Secondary Instrumental Music Teachers

Presenter: Kerry Vaughn

(Wednesday: 4:305:00 PM)
The 2020–2021 school year was like no other. Even though it was crazy and stressful, there were also many successes that occurred. During this session, participants will have a chance to network with other secondary instrumental music teachers across the state to discuss their experiences over the past year and share successful lessons and activities.

Kerry Vaughn currently teaches band and music at Spring Station Middle School in Spring Hill, Tennessee. His past positions include band director at Grassland Middle in Franklin, Tennessee, and assistant director to the Franklin High School Marching Band. Vaughn is a member of Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, and Williamson County Education Association (of which he is past president).


THEATRE AND DANCE RELATED INTERLUDES

Intermediate Commedia dell’Arte—Lotsa Lazzis!

Presenter: Holly Adams

(Monday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
Commedia is great practice for any performance work, as well as a joy in its own right. In this workshop, Holly Adams will use pre-existing Lazzo prompts that were specifically chosen for a virtual medium. The assumption is that participants will already be familiar with the basic characters, but the session will still be meaningful otherwise. This character-driven structured improvisation form is a fun and challenging “workout” for anyone!

Easy Voiceover Projects for You and Your Classroom

Presenter: Holly Adams

(Thursday: 3:45–4:15 PM)
Voice acting is a continually growing business and one in which many actors find fiscal success and rewarding work. This session will begin with the presentation of a short section of an existing audio drama, include some commercial copy, and end with some classroom suggestions. Participants should download Audacity (free recording and editing software) before the session.

Holly Adams performs internationally as a clown and commedia dell'arte performer. She is also an award-winning voice actor.

Yes. But! Then ...

Presenter: Jacob Banigan

(Wednesday and Friday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
Sometimes, an idea will be offered up to a group, and it is promptly accepted. But then, of course, something unexpected occurs! This is when the group has to get creative. This workshop will explore the principles of effective collaboration though a simple game borrowed from the world of improv theatre. Participants will learn what it means to expect the unexpected and how to see problems as stories.

Jacob Banigan has been a professional actor, director, and theatrical improviser for thirty years. After serving as artistic director of Rapid Fire Theatre in Canada, he relocated to Austria. He now works with English Lovers, Theater im Bahnhof, and Rocket Sugar Factory.

Using Drama to Explore Poetry in Elementary Classrooms

Presenter: George Belliveau and Sue Belliveau

(Tuesday And Friday: 3:00−3:30 PM; Thursday: 3:45−4:15 PM)
Poetry can sometimes be daunting for both students and teachers. This session will share practical, drama-based strategies for bringing poetry to life with elementary students. This participatory, fun session will demonstrate specific drama approaches to support ways that teachers can introduce poetry in their elementary classrooms.

George Belliveau is professor of drama education at the University of British Columbia, and Sue Belliveau is an elementary teacher educator and elementary classroom teacher in Vancouver, Canada. They have been offering drama workshops for teachers around the world for the last two decades.

Visit NCT or NCT Visits You: A Q&A with Nashville Children’s Theatre!

Presenter: Catherine Birdsong

(Friday: 3:454:15 PM)
Learn how the nation’s oldest professional children’s theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT), can provide transformative theatrical experiences for students—either in their beautiful theatre downtown or in the comfort of individual schools anywhere in the world! This opportunity to ask questions will be led by NCT’s own Catherine Birdsong, who works in school bookings, development, and on the stage.

Catherine Birdsong is a proud member of SAG/Aftra and a graduate of Belmont University with a degree in musical theatre.

Mapping the Slapping: Building More Dynamic Stage Combat Moments

Presenter: Alexis Black

(Tuesday: 3:454:15 PM)
Building slaps and punches for a theatrical fight is both a technical and creative process. It is the job of the actors to make these movements a seamless part of the story. This class will take participants through a few simple stage combat moves and then show them how use the technique of mapping to turn these moments into dynamic pieces of physical storytelling. Through the few easy steps found in combat mapping, teachers can not only help their actors create better staged fights, but great theatre as well!

Responsible Partnering: Consent Practices for Theatrical Movement

Presenter: Alexis Black

(Wednesday: 3:003:30 PM)
When teaching theatre that includes physicality or movement (whether a waltz, a hug, or a staged slap), good communication between partners is key. This class will lead teachers through several tools they can share with young performers, including the Extreme Stage Physicality Method created by movement specialist Adam Noble. The techniques learned during the session can be shared with students to create a confident and communicative environment in which responsible partnering can happen with ease.

Alexis Black is a fight director, a certified teacher in the Michael Chekhov technique and the Margolis Method, a certified intimacy director with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, and a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. She is also an assistant professor of movement, acting, and stage combat at Michigan State University. As a fight, movement, and intimacy director for theatre, she has choreographed regionally, as well as in New York City, Asia, and Europe, in addition to assisting on Broadway. More about her can be found at AlexisBlack.net.

Performance Polygraph: Utilizing FBI Tactics to Inform and Clarify Your Acting

Presenter: Josh Chenard

(Monday: 3:454:15 PM)

Your body is a text that is always telling a story, even when you do not know it. Through a playful and informative exploration of breath, the limbic system, and body language, participants in this session will pinpoint the habits, behaviors, and universal movement patterns they can use to create characters, enact specific gestures, and physically tell stories.

The Other Five Senses

Presenter: Josh Chenard
(Wednesday: 3:454:15 PM)

Moving beyond taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound, this unique and active interlude will explore other dynamic and theatrical senses, such as balance, temperature, pain, time, and the kinesthetic. Participants will be provided with a series of powerful, vibrant performance tools to help illuminate the connection between impulse and action, deepen the experience of character creation, and inspire bold thinking.

Josh Chenard is a teacher, director, and theatre maker who has led workshops, taught classes, and guided productions all over the country while serving as the head of acting at New Mexico State University. His recent work includes the regional premiere of the Mr. Popper’s Penguins musical for Virginia Repertory Theatre, the Chicago premiere of Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers for the Athenaeum Theater, and a critically acclaimed production of Eugene O'Neill’s Desire Under the Elms for the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. Chenard is a proud member of the Stage Director and Choreographer's Society and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab where he led an exploration of the Costa Rican folk tale La Segua.

Gratitude Dance

Presenter: Deborah Damast

(Tuesday: 3:454:15 PM; Thursday: 3:003:30 PM)
Participants in this session will learn an easy dance template based on developmental movement patterns that include breath, core-distal, body half upper-lower, body half side-side, and cross lateral. The experience will be layered with imagery of things that inspire gratitude. It will come together with the music of Al Green and be performed together to build positivity and empathy.

Theatre Connections

Presenter: Deborah Damast

(Wednesday and Friday: 3:454:15 PM)
During this session, Deborah Damast will be in her virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about theatre related issues or arts education concerns.

Community Building: Start Strong in the New Year!

Presenter: Lara Dossett

(Tuesday: 4:30 - 5:00 PM; Friday: 4:30 - 5:00 PM)
In this interactive interlude, participants will learn two drama-based strategies that they can use to build strong community in their online and in-person classrooms. These strategies are flexible enough to meet the demands of any educational situation.

Lara Dossett is an assistant professor of instruction in the department of theatre and dance at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also serves as the professional learning coordinator for Drama for Schools.

The Kinetic Connection

Presenter: Leland Faulkner

(Monday: 3:00–4:00 PM)
The Kinetic Connection is mime and movement training for performers of all stripes. Covering the vocabulary of mime, and the science of gesture, this session will teach and share indispensable information and empowering techniques. These are tools for every actor, singer, musician, public speaker, doctor, and animator—as well as anyone else who wants to understand the universal language of the body.

Laugh Out Loud

Presenter: Leland Faulkner

(Wednesday: 3:00–4:00 PM)
This is a clown class for classy class clowns. In this session, participants will find their funny—or better yet—trip over it. They’ll learn comic structure, slapstick, and timing and leave with a gaggle of jokes they’ve created, as well as home games they can use with their students to get grins.

Dynamic Storytelling for Actors and Directors

Presenter: Leland Faulkner

(Friday: 3:00–4:00 PM)
Every play, every performance, and every character tells a story. This workshop explores the intersection of word and body by tapping into the collective unconscious and applying the work of Francois Delsarte and Joseph Campbell, two pillars of structural science when it comes to expressing stories. Participants will explore the science of gesture in relation to story making and character, as conceived by Delsarte, as well as the interpretation of plot and story through the lens of the mono-myth as conceived by Campbell.

Leland Faulkner’s theatre career was developed under the mentorship of the legendary mime Tony Montanaro. Faulkner tours, teaches, devises, and directs for a living. His passion is creating original productions like Shadowplay at Virginia Commonwealth University, directing physical comedy for the St. Louis Repertory Theatre’s hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors; educating working professionals at the Very Physical Comedy Institute; teaching movement for opera singers at the Castleton Artists Training Seminar; and inspiring other teachers at the Tennessee Arts Academy.

Plot Making: Accessible Improvisation to Introduce Conflict and Explore Resolution

Presenter: Jennifer Gray

(Monday: 3:00–3:30 PM; Friday: 3:00–3:30 PM)
Drama is about conflict, involving situations in which someone wants something, but someone or something else makes that difficult to attain. This session will share an improvisational theatre game that can be played in the classroom. The game will introduce the concept of dramatic conflict and sharpen participants mental agility and persuasive powers, while generating dialogue for drama or written work. It is appropriate for students in grade four and higher.

Jennifer Gray taught drama at arts magnet schools in Nashville for thirteen years before she pursued a career teaching and directing theatre abroad. She received her theatre training at Northwestern University, New York University, and Vanderbilt University. Her doctoral research and life-long interest in creativity development continues to inform her work with young people. Gray is the founding director of both Arkansas Arts Centers Children’s Theatre and the Imaginers Theatre Company.

Page to Stage

Presenter: Rachel Hamilton

(Monday: 3:00–3:30 PM; Wednesday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
Rachel Hamilton will share quick and easy ways to incorporate kinesthetic learning and imagination play into story times to make the most out of on-the-fly storybook adaptations in the classroom and beyond.

Theatre Connections

Presenter: Rachel Hamilton

(Tuesday: 4:305:00 PM; Thursday: 3:454:15 PM)
During this session, Rachel Hamilton will be in her virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about theatre related issues or arts education concerns.

Get to Know the International Storytelling Center

Presenter: Marianne Huff and Lynnea Salinas

(Wednesday 3:003:30 PM)
The cultural arts programs of the International Storytelling Center, known collectively as Stories for Change, were created to educate and empower children, youth, and young adults. Designed with under-served and at-risk youth in mind, the programs promote storytelling as a tool for personal and collective empowerment.

Marianne Huff is the registration coordinator and Lynnea Salinas is the assistant to the president for the International Storytelling Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people around the world through the art of storytelling. The organization’s goal is to inspire and empower people to tell their stories, listen to and honor the stories of others, and use storytelling to produce positive change.

Introduction to Television, Film, and Independent Theatre

Presenter: Princeton James

(Friday: 3:00–3:30 PM and 3:45–4:15 PM)
In this session, Princeton James, of Princeton James Productions, will offer an introduction to television, film, and independent theatre.

Princeton James is a playwright, performer, and vocalist who has several credits to his name, including his play The Royal Family, which received the 2017 Diversity on Stage and Film Award. You can learn more about him and his work at PrincetonJames.net

Curating Character and Caricature: Finding the Voice for the Role

Presenter: Foster Johns

(Tuesday: 3:00−3:30 PM; Friday: 2:15−2:45 PM)
Preparing the voice and speech style of a particular role is a process that has a number of factors to consider, particularly if the performer is playing multiple parts in a production. This session will offer educators both theoretical and practical approaches to finding a character voice that suits the needs of the role. This process will lead to enriched storytelling and guide the performer toward an expanded range of vocal expression.

Foster Johns is a Knight Thompson Speechwork Certified voice and speech coach currently based in the Twin Cities. He holds a degree in voice studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a degree in theatre and English from Boston College. This fall, he will begin teaching at the University of Michigan school of music, theatre, and dance as a lecturer of voice and speech for the university’s acting and directing degree. (FosterJohns.com)

Warming Up: Fitzmaurice Voicework and Michael Chekhov (Roling)

Presenter: Margaret Laurena Kemp

(Thursday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
The techniques offered in this workshop will empower actors who are engaged in high stakes rehearsal and performance to take care of themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. The techniques help actors to work safely even in the most demanding roles. Participants should come to the interlude with paper and something to write with.

Cooling Down: Fitzmaurice Voicework and Michael Chekhov (De-roling)

Presenter: Margaret Laurena Kemp

(Friday: 3:45–4:15 PM)
The techniques offered in this workshop will empower actors to release high stakes characters and emotions so they can re-enter their personal world safely. Participants will learn how actors can protect their mental and physical health as they emerge into the post-performance and rehearsal world. Participants should come to the interlude with paper and something to write with.

Theatre Connections

Presenter: Margaret Laurena Kemp

(Thursday: 3:45–4:15 PM; Friday 2:152:45 PM)
During this session, Margaret Kemp will be in her virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about theatre related issues or arts education concerns.

Creative Drama in Your Classroom with Nashville Children’s Theatre

Presenter: Jacqueline Komos

(Monday: 3:45–4:15 PM)
Join teaching artist Miss Jackie from Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) in fun and engaging creative drama exercises that can easily be used in the classroom. No prior acting experience is required! In this workshop, she will also share information about how you can bring an NCT teaching artist, either synchronously or asynchronously, into your classroom anywhere, anytime.

Using Drama to Develop the Four Cs of Twenty-first Century Learning

Presenter: Jacqueline Komos

(Monday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
In this engaging, hands-on workshop, Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) teaching artist Miss Jackie will demonstrate how you can use drama exercises to help your students develop the four Cs of twenty-first century learning—collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. In this workshop, she will also share information on how you can bring an NCT teaching artist, either synchronously or asynchronously, into your classroom anywhere anytime to help your students develop these crucial skills through the power of play!

Jacqueline Komos (Miss Jackie) is education and engagement coordinator and a teaching artist at Nashville Children’s Theatre.

Literacy through Puppetry: Giving Kids a Reason to Read

Presenter: Karen Konnerth

(Monday: 3:00−4:00 PM; Friday: 3:00−4:00 PM)
Because puppetry is a theatrical medium—an art form composed of object, movement, and connected moments in time—it offers all sorts of possibilities to lift text from the page into the living world. Through lively demonstrations using the simplest materials for specific projects in several curriculum areas, participants will leave with reading comprehension strategies that will excite their students.

Karen Konnerth travels nationally and internationally to share puppet theater with children and families, and puppetry skills with educators. As a puppeteer and a teacher, she has distilled her countless classroom hours developing, implementing, and refining arts-integrated projects, which she has presented for the National Art Education Association, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and for the U.S. Embassy English Language Specialist Program in Central America, Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa. (KarenKonnerth.com)

Kpanlogo, Kpatcha, Right Foot Forward Back, Left Foot Forward Back

Presenter: Christian Kofi Mawuko

(Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 4:305:00 PM)
Kpanlogo is a social traditional dance of the Ga people of Accra Ghana in the south. Kpatcha dance is a traditional coming-of-age dance of the Ga-Adangbe people of the south western part of Ghana. In this session, participants will learn Right Foot Back and Left Foot Forward Back, a choreographed dance by presenter, Christian Kofi Mawuko. The dance’s simple foot movements are an excellent way to teach students directions and to foster practice in moving the body and bouncing up and down. It is also a good warm-up dance for both student and teacher.

A native of Ghana in West Africa, Christian Kofi Mawuko began learning traditional rhythms on Ga, Ashanti, Hausa, Damgbani, and Ewe drums at the age of ten. He has traveled extensively throughout the world as lead dancer and master drummer with the Kyirem Cultural Troupe, a Ghanaian-based performing company that toured internationally in the 1970s and 80s. Mawuko relocated to the United States in 1998 and has performed around the country since then.

I’m Funny on Paper: Comedy and Sketch Writing

Presenter: J. Thomas Mayfield

(Tuesday and Thursday: 3:004:00 PM)
This session will be an opportunity to learn the basics of short-form comedy and sketch writing. First, participants will analyze examples from the greats—Saturday Night Live, Key and Peele, and Amy Schumer—and break down how they built their sketches. Then, with a simple and clear sketch structure, participants will learn how to teach sketch comedy writing to their students.

J. Thomas Mayfield is a comedian, writer, and actor living in Los Angeles. He has a degree in writing and producing television from Loyola Marymount University. His long and varied performance career includes musical theatre in Dallas, modern dance in Prague, children’s theatre in Charlotte, working for a magician in Baltimore, a residency in Nagaoka, Japan, stand up and improv comedy in New York City, and a nation-wide tour with his one-man show Everybody Lied to Me. He performs and teaches all over the country. To learn more about him online, go to JThomasMayfield.com, or look for @jthomasmayfield on Twitter and Instagram.

Deep Engagement: Drama-based Strategies for Arts Integration in the New Normal

Presenter: Mary McAvoy

(Wednesday: 3:454:15 PM; Thursday: 4:305:00 PM)
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore successful drama-based teaching strategies that are designed specifically for arts integration across the curriculum. These strategies use key models for creativity to encourage deep engagement and are ones that can be adapted for learners of various ages and abilities. The session also prioritizes techniques that easily accommodate synchronous, asynchronous, in-person, and virtual learning. This session welcomes educators from any discipline who want to develop their repertoire of drama strategies for developing interactive, engaged, and embodied learning—even when distance, masks, and technology are in the mix.

Mary McAvoy is an associate professor of theatre education and theatre for youth at Arizona State University where she directs theatre teacher preparation programs. She is the co-author of Drama and Education: Performance Methodologies for Teaching and Learning and co-editor of Youth and Performance: Perceptions of the Contemporary Child. She is a former kindergarten through twelfth grade theatre educator and has worked extensively in education and community engagement for performance and theatre.

Lifting the Story from the Page: Storytelling in Seven Easy Steps

Presenter: Lynnie Mirvis

(Tuesday and Thursday: 2:152:45 PM)
In this session, teachers will engage in activities that will help them find their inner storytelling voice. This will enable them to tell stories in the classroom with more ease and confidence. They will also learn the art of looking into the eyes of their listeners, so everyone can share the tale together. Participants will leave with an understanding of how storytelling can be used to create empathy, connection, and community.

Lynnie Mirvis is a storyteller and writer in Memphis who has shared Jewish folktales and multi-cultural stories with audiences of all ages for more than twenty-five years. She has been a Wolf Trap Artist for the Performing Arts in Memphis Head Start, a teaching artist of storytelling in Memphis schools, and a host of Germantown High School’s GHS TV’s award-winning show Story Time.

Dancing the Characters with Anansi and New Ballet

Presenter: Mary Mitchell

(Wednesday: 3:004:00 PM)
In this session, Mary Mitchell and New Ballet Ensemble teaching artists will use their Anansi and the Sky God virtual program to demonstrate how educators can use the ensemble’s programs to achieve deeper student learning across many subjects. The session will also provide participants with tools they can use to guide their students through simple and enjoyable dance moves in the classroom. Teachers who attend will see the New Ballet Ensemble’s virtual offerings; analyze the instructional benefits of the Anansi program for the classroom, and learn how to integrate creative and manageable dance concepts into their instruction. To enhance the interlude experience, attendees are asked to review the digital Anansi study guide by clicking here before they come to the workshop.

Mary Mitchell is a program director for New Leaders, Inc. She holds degrees from DePauw and Vanderbilt Universities and is currently finishing her adult education master’s degree program at Northcentral University. In 2011, she joined the leadership team of a start-up charter school management organization in Memphis as the director of curriculum and instruction. She later became a school principal and eventually led the organization as the executive director.

About New Ballet: New Ballet Ensemble and School is a creative youth development program focused on setting high expectations for young people, encouraging positive risk taking, promoting leadership development, and offering real world opportunities to contribute to social change.


Playback Theatre Youth Peace Building Program: Be the Peace

Presenter: Virginia Murphy

(Thursday: 3:003:30 PM)
In this session, participants will discover Be the Peace, a unique improvisational, story-sharing program. This technique strengthens social emotional learning, elevates students’ voices, and builds connected communication in the classroom.

Virginia Murphy, founder and director of Playback Memphis, has a master’s degree in drama therapy and has been building innovative programming for more than twenty years, with a focus on applying the arts for social change and healing.

Toy Theatre: Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Puppets and Stages for the Classroom

Presenter: Michael and Valerie Nelson

(Tuesday and Thursday: 3:00–4:00 PM)
Great for classroom drama, literacy, and exploring many themes, toy theatre uses easy-to-make paper puppets and is appropriate for all students first grade and above. This workshop will cover stage construction and explore ideas for adapting toy theatre to various curricula. Stages can be created by the teacher for the class, or each student can create their own stage with scissors, glue sticks, and crayons, markers, or paints. Participants will leave with printable stage patterns that include instructions for at-home or in-class use.

Michael and Valerie Nelson of Magical Moonshine Theatre have been professional puppeteers for more than four decades. Currently, they are artists in residence at Willow Elementary, an Arts Magnet School in Napa, California, that uses the Artful Learning framework.

Spatial Awareness through Dance Maps

Presenter: Amanda Pintore

(Monday: 2:152:45 PM)
In this interlude, Amanda Pintore will help participants develop visual maps on paper that will activate their bodies in space. This activity creates purposeful pathways inside of everyday spaces and routines, and teachers can use it with their students to create spatial awareness as a community. The concepts taught in the session can be modified for any kind of space and for students from kindergarten and up.

Merging Dance and Visual Art

Presenter: Amanda Pintore

(Wednesday: 2:152:45 PM)
In this interlude, Amanda Pintore will guide participants as they listen to music, draw what they hear, and activate their artwork through movement. This activity invites students to mix artistic modalities and can be used to explore both solo and collaborative art-making. The concepts taught in the session can be enjoyed by students from pre-kindergarten and up.

Imaginative Teaching in Role

Presenter: Amanda Pintore

(Friday: 2:152:45 PM)
Amanda Pintore will lead participants as they create and activate characters to embody when they teach. Pintore will demonstrate characters she has created, explore how to scaffold an in-role lesson plan, and discuss strategies for classroom management while being in the role. This concept can be applied to any medium or curriculum and is best enjoyed by students from pre-kindergarten through third grade.

Amanda Pintore is a director, choreographer, and educator who focuses on movement and dance education, devised theatre, and the development of theatre and dance performances with and for children from birth to age six. She is associate director of performing arts and education and lead coordinator of Theatre and Dance for the Very Young at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. She is also the associate artistic director of Kerfuffle, a midwestern theatre and dance company devoted to creating performances with and for very young children.

Creativity Through Limitations: Using Restrictions to Spur Innovation

Presenter: Rob Roznowski

(Monday: 2:152:45 PM; Wednesday: 2:152:45 PM)
In this workshop, Rob Roznowski will discuss how embracing budget and resource limitations can help educators create unique artistic projects. Participants will examine how “constraints” may actually become pathways to unexpected artistic innovation.

Theatre Connections

Presenter: Rob Roznowski

(Tuesday: 3:454:15 PM; Thursday: 4:305:00 PM)
During this session, Rob Roznowski will be in his virtual classroom ready to answer specific questions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about theatre related issues or arts education concerns.

Shakespeare Soul: The Rhythm in Verse and What It Reveals

Presenter: Stephanie Shine

(Tuesday and Thursday: 4:305:00 PM)
Participants who attend this session will learn to convey the hidden stage directions in Shakespeare’s verse. They’ll discover that iambic pentameter is more than a poetic structure—it is Shakespeare’s way of communicating objectives, actions, and character. Deciphering these stage directions is enjoyable, physical, and always surprising. This session will be zoomed live from Dublin, Ireland.

Stephanie Shine is the founding education director of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and former artistic director of the Seattle Shakespeare Company. A professional actor and director for nearly forty years, her work has been seen across the country at the Colorado, Houston, Oregon, and New Jersey Shakespeare festivals.

Poetry Out Loud: A New Performance Opportunity for Your Students

Presenter: Michelle Sipes

(Tuesday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). In this session, TAC staff will highlight how to implement this national program in schools or other organizations. POL encourages the study and performance of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students. Students select, memorize, and perform classic and contemporary poems, which helps them master vocal interpretation skills, build their self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Michelle Sipes is the state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud Tennessee and arts learning specialist at the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is also a dancer, educator, and arts administrator who holds degrees in dance from the Ohio State University and Belhaven University.

VISUAL ART RELATED INTERLUDES

Paper, Pencil, Pizazz! Three Projects with Simple Supplies.

Presenter: Christan Allen and Karen Strachen

(Thursday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
This hands-on workshop will introduce elementary and middle school art educators to three adaptable lessons that use paper, a drawing utensil, and a pair of scissors. Participants will also explore online and in-person resources that are provided by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee, for educators and students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Christan Allen and Karen Strachan work together in the education department for the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee. Allen is the outreach coordinator and sees more than twenty thousand students each year through the Dixon’s long-standing Art to Grow program. Strachan is the youth programs coordinator and develops and facilitates innovative onsite programming through field trips, professional development opportunities, and ongoing educational experiences. They work together to unite art and horticulture in new and accessible ways for all learners.

The Art of Caricature: The Basics

Presenter: David Arnold

(Tuesday: 2:15–2:45 PM; Thursday and Friday: 2:152:45 PM)
This interactive workshop will present the basics of learning the art of drawing a caricature from a live subject. It will focus on the step-by-step process of creating a reasonable cartoon likeness of a subject. At the end of the session, a PDF workbook will be shared with all interested participants.

David Arnold has been a caricaturist for forty-seven years. He learned his craft while in high school in order to work a summer job at Opryland USA theme park, where he worked from 1974 to 1980. Although Arnold went on to have a successful career as an art director and creative director in advertising, marketing, and publishing, he continued a secondary business as a caricature artist for parties and events around the southeastern United States. Today, he enjoys providing art entertainment and other event services through the company Caricatures, etc. His primary residence is in Nashville, Tennessee.

Visual Art Connections

Presenter: Drew Brown

(Monday–Friday:  2:15–2:45 PM)
This interlude session provides time for smaller group discussion with the instructor.

Using Model Magic in the Classroom

Presenter: Lauralee Chambers

(Tuesday and Thursday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
In this interactive interlude, participants will learn about ways to use Model Magic in their classrooms. The session will begin with information about the product and include a variety of demonstrations, tips on prepping and glazing, and samples from elementary art lessons. Participants will feel the magic as they explore this soft, lightweight, clean, and easy to use modeling material. This is a great three-dimensional alternative to clay—it’s easy to paint, air dries in forty-eight hours, and no kiln is needed! The possibilities are endless.

Lauralee Chambers is currently completing her twenty-seventh year as an elementary art educator to more than nine hundred students in two schools located in Westchester, New York. Chambers believes that children are born to create, express, and find both comfort and challenge in the arts. Connect with her on Instagram @2art.chambers.

Artist Talk with Gary Chapman

Presenter: Gary Chapman

(Monday: 4:30–5:00 PM; Wednesday: 3:003:30 PM)
Join artist Gary Chapman as he talks about works in this year’s TAA professional virtual art exhibition Through the Achromatic Lens: Gary Chapman. At the end of the presentation, participants will have time to ask questions.

Charcoal Workshop: A Painter’s Approach to Drawing

Presenter: Gary Chapman

(Tuesday: 3:00–3:30 PM)
Artist Gary Chapman will cover the various exercises, processes, and assignments educators can use for a two-day or weeklong workshop with charcoal.

Creativity and Artist’s Block

Presenter: Gary Chapman

(Thursday: 3:00–3:30 PM)
Artist Gary Chapman will examine ways participants can cultivate creativity and avoid or break artist’s block.

Visual Art Student Recognition Salute

Presenters: Jim Dodson, Patricia Hudson, and Best of the Best student winners

(Monday–Friday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
Each afternoon during this time slot, TAA will recognize and honor different student artists from across the state who were winners in the 2021 Best of the Best student art competition. Please join us to meet these bright and talented student winners as they share their artwork, their artistic visions, and their hopes and ambitions for the future.

Since 1987, Jim Dodson has been an art teacher in the Oak Ridge school system. In 1998, he was recognized as the Tennessee Art Educator of the Year, and in 1999, he was named the National Middle School Art Educator of the Year. Dodson is a board member and past president of the Tennessee Art Education Association. He also currently serves as a city councilman in his hometown of Oak Ridge.

Patricia Hudson is a retired visual art teacher from Dickson, Tennessee. Since retiring in 2016, she has served as a TAA volunteer during the year and as an office facilitator during the Arts Academy. Hudson has also served as president of numerous local arts organizations over the years and is on the board of an art gallery in the Dickson area. She enjoys pursuing her personal art career in watercolor and polymer clay. Her artwork appears in many collections locally and around the world.


Meet the Artist: Audrey Flack

Presenter: Audrey Flack

(Thursday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
Here is an opportunity to meet and talk with renowned photorealist artist, Audrey Flack. Have your questions ready and come talk with Audrey first-hand about her work.

A pioneer of photorealism and an internationally recognized painter and sculptor, Audrey Flack’s work is in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Art in Canberra, Australia. Her sculptures Recording Angel (installed 2006) and Colossal Head of Daphne (installed 2008) are located in Nashville, Tennessee. Recording Angel is located at Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville.

Getting Started

Presenter: Caren Ginsberg

(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3:00–3:30 PM)
Getting started is more than putting a brush to canvas. This session will explore the question of artistic approach with a focus on embracing the creative journey. Participants will learn how to approach a blank canvas and discover the integral steps needed to make a painting, while accepting the idea that “mistakes” are really opportunities to be welcomed. This session combines technique and passion.

Caren Ginsberg uses multiple layers of vibrant color, assertive mark making, and liberated brush strokes to paint portraits that are raw and expressive. In creating these visual narratives, her aim is to impart energy and vibrancy. Ginsburg’s work reflects what she experiences in the present with remembrances of the past.

Heavy Metal Music, a Visual Arts Lesson Using Metal Tooling

Presenter: Nic Hahn

(Monday 2:15–2:45 PM; Tuesday 3:003:30 PM)
In this interlude, participants will learn about MP3 players, cassette tapes, boom boxes, and record players before using one of these music history items as the subject for an engaging project. Students will also learn how to use shape, line, and texture to simplify images before carving their designs into metal tooling.

Nic Hahn has been a visual arts teacher for eighteen years. During that time, she has taught students of all ages—from pre-school children to adults. In addition to university degrees, she has taken many courses highlighting educational theory and the visual arts. Hahn currently teaches kindergarten through fifth grade students at Hassan Elementary in Rogers, Minnesota. Online, Hahn connects with other educators through her blog MiniMatisse.blogspot.com, on Twitter (@MiniMatisse), on Instagram (@MiniMatisseArt), as well as through her Teacher Pay Teacher Store (MiniMatisse). She is also the host of the podcast Everyday Art Room for the Art of Education University.

Visual Art Connections

Presenter: Wynita Harmon

(Monday–Friday: 4:30–5:00 PM)
This interlude session provides time for smaller group discussion with the instructor.

Nature Journaling

Presenter: John “Jack” Muir Laws

(Friday: 3:00–4:00 PM)
Keeping an illustrated, observational journal is a centuries-old method that has been re-envisioned and refined through the lens of our understanding of neuroscience, learning, and deliberate practice. A nature journal is a lens that focuses our attention and crystalizes our observations, thoughts, and experiences.

John (Jack) Muir Laws is a principal leader and innovator of the worldwide nature journaling movement. Laws is a scientist, educator, and author, who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature by keeping illustrated nature journals and developing their understanding of science. Trained as a wildlife biologist and an associate of the California Academy of Sciences, he observes the world with rigorous attention. Attention, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking are not gifts, but skills that grow with training and deliberate practice.

Mindful Art and Yoga

Presenter: Libby Lynch

(Tuesday and Thursday: 3:45–4:15 PM)
As many educators continue to experience some combination of in-person and virtual teaching, it is more important than ever that they stay centered and create a balance between personal space and workspace. What better way to do this than to practice mindful art and yoga? The arts offer their own unique tools to help people deal with everyday stress. However, when combined with the mindfulness of yoga, the arts can be even more effective as people are confronted by issues related to the pandemic. Each session will start with breath work and a guided meditation. During the Tuesday session, the concept of mindful art will be introduced with a short slide presentation. This will be followed by an activity in which participants use the art materials on hand. While not necessary, it is suggested that a few pieces of paper (copy paper is fine), a pencil, markers, a fine point sharpie, crayons and watercolors be available. On Tuesday, participants will complete at least one mandala. On Thursday, the session will dive into intuitive collages with a surreal twist. Both lessons will offer ways for these practices to be shared with students of any age. These activities are great sketchbook activities that will awaken the creative spirit in everyone.

Libby Lynch, TAA Visual Art Director, is the art instructor and founder of the high school yoga program at University School of Jackson, Tennessee. She is passionate about sharing simple, fun, inspiring, mindful, and expressive art and yoga activities to help students de-stress and express themselves. Lynch has been teaching art for more than thirty years and began practicing yoga seriously five years ago. Realizing how beneficial the multiple facets of a regular yoga practice could be for busy high school students, she decided to pursue her own certification in order to start a yoga class at her school.

Visual Art Connections

Presenter: Ashley McKee

(Monday–Friday: 3:45–4:15 PM)
This interlude session provides time for smaller group discussion with the instructor.

Developing a Grid Drawing with a Theme

Presenter: Lendon Hamilton Noe

(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
In this workshop, participants will create a grid drawing that explores a specific theme such as nature or ancestry, a particular place, a moment in history, or a theme of choice. This approach is appropriate for any level of student and uses the simplest of materials—a pencil, a Micron pen, and possibly a few colored pencils and collage. Attendees will be encouraged to work on a toned gray ground so that three values can easily be seen. Composition, different levels of completeness, and different ways to approach a thematic subject will be explored. This project is one that educators could easily combine with a history, literature, science, or social studies unit.

Lendon Hamilton Noe is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, where she retired as professor of art at Lambuth University after twenty-eight years. She maintains a studio and gallery at her home in Jackson. Her online classes can be found on the website, CarlaSonheim.com, and examples of her work can be seen on Instagram @lendonnoeartwork.

Cracks in the Road

Presenter: Jeanne Oliver

(Monday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
In this session, Jeanne Oliver will talk about the ways simple lines in nature have been inspiring new artwork, including beginning and final marks. Paying attention to “cracks in the road,” the presenter has opened her eyes to the lines all around us. Using simple tools, she hopes participants will also begin seeing and sharing the lines they find in their world.

Jeanne Oliver grew up in rural Illinois and now resides in Castle Rock, Colorado. She is inspired by personal stories, travel, and nature. Oliver uses art to tell stories about the present, as well as those of growing up among gravel roads, cornfields, and an early life surrounded by open spaces. Through mark making, layers, and mixed media, she hopes to convey that everyone has a story to tell.

Visual Art Connections

Presenter: Leslie Pearson

(Monday–Friday: 3:00–3:30 PM)
This interlude session provides time for smaller group discussion with the instructor.

Ancestral Legacy

Presenter: Ted Rose

(Monday: 2:15−2:45 PM)
The purpose of this workshop is to help contemporary black individuals grow their awareness of their origins, history, and spirit. In this presentation, Ted Rose will use the Moseley African Art collection to provide a holistic view of African culture through fifty years of collecting artifacts from two hundred ethnic groups in thirty countries. The workshop will consist of an interview, images, storytelling, and activities that weave past cultures with contemporary educational experiences.

Ted Rose, the Joe W. Giles Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, is a nationally known artist and author. As an artist, author, consultant, and educator, he has influenced the field of arts for nearly half a century. He has worked for more than thirty-five years in secondary education and in several colleges and universities. He is presently professor and chair of the art department at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Meet Photojournalist, Author and Teacher Linda Solomon

Presenter: Linda Solomon

(Friday: 2:15−2:45 PM, Friday: 3:003:30 PM)
This session will focus on famous people, and help educators teach children how to photograph their hopes and dreams.

As a photojournalist and author, Linda Solomon strives to reveal the heart of her subjects. She has divided her career between capturing the most famous personalities of our time and teaching children and youth to express themselves through photography. She is the founder of Pictures of Hope, a program which helps homeless children share their heartfelt dreams through photography. Solomon is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Inspiring Conversation through Art

Presenter: Ephraim Urevbu

(Monday: 3:00–4:00 PM)
This will be a thought-provoking session designed to inspire ideas that participants can express through various art forms, including visual expression, poetry, the spoken word, and music.

Facing the realities of life as one of eight children of a single mother in his native Nigeria, Ephraim Urevbu dedicated himself to education as the key to success. He attended Africa’s oldest art college, in Lagos, Nigeria. After graduation, his passion for art led him to America and to the city of Memphis. In 1994, his search for a space to create a sixty-by-eighteen-foot commissioned artwork led him to a dilapidated building on South Main Street in downtown Memphis. He bought and refurbished the building and founded Art Village Gallery. This led to the establishment of a vibrant arts district for the Bluff City in the shadow of the National Civil Rights Museum. Art has served as a bridge from Urevbu’s past to his present and has enabled him to overcome poverty and seemingly impossible cultural and familial barriers and build a career in art. The hardened realities of black life in America, the challenges of racism, and a private battle against cancer have gifted him with a unique and compassionate voice that is on display in his newest collection of works, The Naked Truth, which can be seen on his website EphraimUrevbu.com.

Visual Art Student Recognition Day Salute

Presenters: Jim Dodson and Patricia Hudson

(Monday: 4:30-5:00 PM)

Each afternoon during this time slot, TAA will recognize and honor different student artists from across the state who were winners in the 2021 Best of the Best student art competitions. Please join us to meet these bright and talented student winners as they share their artwork, their artistic vision, and their hopes and ambitions for the future. Today’s student guests include the following Best of the Best winners: Imelia Markus-Brock, 9th Grade, Best in Drawing, Eye Spy, Charcoal Drawing, Oak Ridge High School, Teacher-Gisela Schrock, East Tennessee; Kaylee Brownlee, 8th Grade, Best in Photography, My Creation in the Leaves, Bearden Middle School, Teacher-Kimberly Bishop, East Tennessee; Briley Kotler, 12th Grade, Best in Show, Discovering Self, Mixed Media Acrylic, Hendersonville High, Teacher-Sandra Kandros, Middle Tennessee; Kayleigh Kemper, 11th Grade, Best in Computer Graphics, A Late Night Stroll, Computer Graphics, Adamsville High School, Teacher-Lisa Engle, West Tennessee. 

Visual Art Student Recognition Day Salute

Presenters: Jim Dodson and Patricia Hudson

(Tuesday: 4:30-5:00 PM)

Each afternoon during this time slot, TAA will recognize and honor different student artists from across the state who were winners in the 2021 Best of the Best student art competitions. Please join us to meet these bright and talented student winners as they share their artwork, their artistic vision, and their hopes and ambitions for the future. Today’s student guests include the following Best of the Best winners: Tristan Howard, 7th Grade, Best in Printmaking, Atlantic Puffin, Linoleum Block Print, The McCallie School, Teacher-Suzanne Mortimer, East Tennessee; Mary Jane Estes, 11th Grade,  Best in Painting, Hurt, Painting, Lipscomb Academy, Teacher- Erin Rickelton, Middle Tennessee; Emma Allen, 12th Grade, Best in Sculpture, Woven Heritage, Sculpture, Brentwood High School, Teacher-Heather McHugh, Middle Tennessee; Ella Shelton, 12th Grade,  Best in Show, Sucked into the Game, Charcoal Drawing, University School of Jackson, Teacher-Libby Lynch, West Tennessee. 

Visual Art Student Recognition Day Salute

Presenters: Jim Dodson and Patricia Hudson

(Wednesday: 4:30-5:00 PM)

Each afternoon during this time slot, TAA will recognize and honor different student artists from across the state who were winners in the 2021 Best of the Best student art competitions. Please join us to meet these bright and talented student winners as they share their artwork, their artistic vision, and their hopes and ambitions for the future. Today’s student guests include the following Best of the Best winners: Lily Asbury, 11th Grade, Best in Show, The Days We’ll Look Back and Smile, Acrylic Painting, Cocke County High School, Teacher-Myra Amason, East Tennessee; Kenzie West, 12th Grade, Best in Mixed Media, Scars, Brentwood Academy, Teacher-Janet Laws, Middle Tennessee; Luke Meng, 7th Grade, Best in Middle School, Which Way the Wind Blows, Drawing, Elaine Newley Studio, Teacher-Elaine Neeley, West Tennessee.

Visual Art Student Recognition Day Salute

Presenters: Jim Dodson and Patricia Hudson

(Thursday: 4:30-5:00 PM)

Each afternoon during this time slot, TAA will recognize and honor different student artists from across the state who were winners in the 2021 Best of the Best student art competitions. Please join us to meet these bright and talented student winners as they share their artwork, their artistic vision, and their hopes and ambitions for the future. Today’s student guests include the following Best of the Best winners: Aurora Baez, 8th Grade, Best in Painting, Orchids, Painting, Bearden Middle School, Teacher-Kimberly Bishop, East Tennessee; Avery Flatford, 11th Grade, Best in Ceramics, Mr. Tentacles, Ceramic Clay – Raku Fired, Farragut High School, Teacher-Wendie Love, East Tennessee; Jackson Preisler, 10th Grade, Best in Printmaking, Dark Statue, Printmaking, Montgomery Bell Academy, Teacher-Ms. Swica-Brockman, Middle Tennessee; Clayton Bowers, 12th Grade, Best in Video, The Game the Bricks Play, Video, University School of Jackson, Teacher-Libby Lynch, West Tennessee. 

Visual Art Student Recognition Day Salute

Presenters: Jim Dodson and Patricia Hudson

(Friday: 4:30-5:00 PM)

Each afternoon during this time slot, TAA will recognize and honor different student artists from across the state who were winners in the 2021 Best of the Best student art competitions. Please join us to meet these bright and talented student winners as they share their artwork, their artistic vision, and their hopes and ambitions for the future. Today’s student guests include the following Best of the Best winners: Brian Barbo, 12th Grade, Best in Sculpture, Ingrain, Wood, Metal, and Found Objects, Hardin Valley Academy, Teacher-Benjamin Eng, East Tennessee; Cadence Cole, 11th Grade, Best in Computer Graphics, Untitled, Independence High School, Teacher-Stephanie Prewitt, Middle Tennessee; Lydia Summers, 12th Grade, Best in Printmaking, Pretty in Pink, Printmaking, Briarcrest Christian School, Teacher-Jenna Ferguson-West, West Tennessee.


Mastering Miniature Watercolor Landscapes

Presenter: Melody Weintraub

(Monday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
This hands-on watercolor workshop will offer art educators the opportunity to learn some techniques for painting miniature watercolor landscapes on trading cards. The session activities are appropriate for sharing with students from elementary through high school. Participants will need to bring a watercolor palette, a cup of water, a pencil, masking tape, a number two pencil, five trading cards or pieces of watercolor paper (2 ½ by 3 ½ inches in size), a piece of cardboard (8 by 10 inches) on which to tape them, and a craft knife (optional).

10th Annual Connections: Tennessee Art Education Association Member Exhibition and Awards Presentation

Presenter: Melody Weintraub

(Friday: 3:00-3:30 PM)
This Interlude will include a virtual presentation of Connection, the 10th annual Tennessee Art Education Association Member Art Exhibition. Melody Weintraub, current TAEA president, will also present the top awards for the exhibition and recognize those members who had work accepted into the show.

Melody Weintraub has presented studio workshops and lectures nationally, as well as at the Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Art Education Associations. She is the current president of the Tennessee Art Education Association. Melody Weintraub’s Online Art Class can be seen on YouTube. Her website, MelodyWeintraub.com, features a blog and examples of her artwork.

Meet the Artist: Della Wells

Presenter: Della Wells

(Wednesday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
Meet and chat with self-taught artist Della Wells. Participants should bring papers, fabric remnants, and other found objects that they would like to incorporate into a collage, as well as glue and scissors.

Self-taught artist Della Wells was born in 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a child, Wells created stories to escape the uncertain realities caused by her mother’s mental illness and her father’s rage. She eventually used these stories to inspire the collage art she creates today. Wells’s work has appeared in various publications including Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations, and Resources by Betty-Carol Sellen and Cynthia J. Johnanson and Permission to Paint Please: A 150 Year History of African American Artists in Wisconsin by Evelyn Patricia Terry. Wells’s work is exhibited in Europe and throughout the United States in folk art and outsider art galleries.

Meet the Artist: Herb Williams

Presenter: Herb Williams

(Monday: 2:15–2:45 PM)
In this session, meet and talk with renowned artist, Herb Williams. Have questions ready and come talk with Williams about his work.

Herb Williams was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1973. Williams received a degree in sculpture from Birmingham-Southern College. During college, he apprenticed with two professional sculptors off-campus. He cast hundreds of sculptures with the atelier Popliteo and the last work of art by photo realist Duane Hanson, Man on Riding Lawnmower. Although the artist works with many different mediums and materials, Williams is one of the only individuals in the world who has an account with Crayola. He creates original sculptures out of individual crayons, with some requiring as many as hundreds of thousands of crayons each. His artwork holds records with Ripley’s and Guinness.