New York Summer Workshops Inspire Dunham Fine Arts Team

New York Summer Workshops Inspire Dunham Fine Arts Team

July 31, 2019

What better place than New York City for our Dunham Fine Arts faculty to learn from the best the arts can offer ?

For the first time, the entire Fine Arts faculty traveled to New York City for a series of professional development opportunities, both teaching and learning, that would inspire, build confidence, and facilitate networking among fine arts educators.

Fine Arts department chair Lisa Murray, Lower School music teacher Jessi Wilson, US/MS choir teacher Brittany Spencer, US/MS theatre teacher Jennifer McClanahan, and Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center & Technical Supervisor Ann Gorman attended the Broadway Teaching Group summer session. This three-day intensive workshop on Broadway included four shows with post-show cast discussions; eight workshops and master classes with Broadway performers, creative teams and production staff; and peer sessions throughout.  

The Broadway Teachers Workshop is designed to inspire teachers and directors of middle school, high school and college theatre with new teaching methods, enhanced production skills and an exchange of ideas with peers and professional Broadway artists. The team also attended a one-day intensive Tech and Directing workshop.

Dunham Band director Jordan Tupper attended the Carnegie Hall Summer Educator Workshop. K-12 music educators from across the country gathered for four days to expand the impact of their work with young musicians, learning to  reinvigorate students’ creativity and musicianship, build a community of peer educators and invest in their own artistry through creative activities and music-making ensembles. Tupper was selected to play with an ensemble at Carnegie Hall exclusively for the workshop.

MS art teacher Adrienne Clement, US art teacher Nicole Cotten Callac ’08 and LS art teacher Sue Skillman, along with 40 international art educators, were selected to attend Summer Institute: Connecting Collections, co-hosted by the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.  

The focus of the weeklong summer intensive for educators of grades 3-12 was to equip educators of integrate modern and contemporary art into their curriculum. Educators learned to apply object-based teaching strategies, build confidence in incorporating modern and contemporary art into lesson plans at every grade level and use great works of art as forums for interdisciplinary investigations.






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