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Resources for Arts Educators – from Montana Arts Council

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Arts Educators,

Below you will find information on:

  • Two new professional development videos for teaching artists!
  • Free Online Resources from the Los Angeles Music Center
  • Art21 New Videos in Exclusive and New York Close Up
  • Education Program Coordinator, Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA)

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So this is the last newsletter from my desk. Wishing you all the best in all your endeavors and thanks for all the great work you do!


Happy Trails,



Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
Arts Education Hotline 800-282-3092


Two new professional development videos for teaching artists!

These videos were my new big project this year. The videos by Marina will be available later this afternoon. The one by Darwin should be up by Friday. The idea was to offer knowledge and experience from other teaching artists in a friendly, informal atmosphere - like sitting down for a cup of coffee with them. They both have a wealth of ideas and resources to share. – Beck



Art is the River – with Marina Weatherly

Providing specific Indian Education for All content and context with arts education can offer an exciting, rigorous, meaningful and productive learning experience for Montana’s teachers and students. The arts provide a circular, connecting river, giving the students a vehicle and opportunity to gain an appreciation of other cultures and to make and personally express vital connections with their own culture, identity, place and human experience. (Marina also provides a PDF with links to many resources.)


The Rectangle Book- Often Times Less is More - with Darwin Nordin

Darwin talks about creating effective lesson plans, using assessment to determine student learning etc. (I haven't seen the final video but I know it will be terrific – Beck)




Free Online Resources from the Los Angeles Music Center 
The Los Angeles Music Center has recently published its acclaimed Artsourcecurriculum resources online. Artsource is a resource that empowers teachers to present artistic models in dance, theatre, and music to their students; integrate the arts with other subject areas; and explore a broad spectrum of multicultural art forms in their classrooms. Each curriculum unit focuses on a specific artist and work in the performing arts with extensive lesson plans for different levels of student readiness, and each is built on the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Arts Standards.  You can see all the available resources here:http://www.musiccenter.org/education/Teacher-Resources/Artsource-Curriculum/.




Art21 New Videos in Exclusive and New York Close Up


Ann Hamilton: "the event of a thread"
From the series, Exclusive

Filmed in 2012 at Manhattan's Park Avenue Armory, artist Ann Hamilton discusses her installation the event of a thread, which occupied the Armory's cavernous drill hall


Maya Lin: New York
From the series, Exclusive

Speaking from her Manhattan studio in late 2012 and early 2013, artist Maya Lin discusses her new series of sculptures which examine New York's ecological past.


James Turrell: "Second Meeting"
From the series, Exclusive

Filmed in early 2013, James Turrell describes what initially attracted him to working with light and how skyspaces encourage a closer examination of our visual perceptions.


Erin Shirreff & Tony Smith Go Way Back
From the series, New York Close Up

While de-installing Sculpture for Snow (2011) in Downtown Brooklyn, artist Erin Shirreff discusses the creation and inspiration for her first public sculpture.


Education Program Coordinator, Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Society for Contemporary Craft seeks an Education Program Coordinator who will be responsible for development and successful implementation of year-round studio education classes to meet annual revenue goals. Duties also include planning exhibition-related educational events, overseeing outreach artists, and coordinating facility rentals annually. For the full job description and application instructions: http://www.contemporarycraft.org/SCC/Job_opportunities.html


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