NASHVILLE, TN – – The Tennessee Arts Commission will host its annual professional development event, Create2013: Creativity in Education Institute, Arts at the Core, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, July 9-12, 2013.
Lisa Phillips, noted author and blogger, will kick-off the event with her discussion on how arts education teaches skills that propel students on a path to success. As CEO of Canada’s Academy of Stage and Studio Arts, Ms. Phillips has over 16 years’ experience as an art and leadership educator. In November 2012, she published her first book, The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World, which explores the impact arts participation has on the success of the current generation.
This professional development conference emphasizes the Arts at the Core with the arts as part of the core curriculum. During the four-day institute, K-12 classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, principals and arts administrators will have an opportunity to build their teaching skills through arts integration by attending and participating in lesson demonstrations, workshops, tutorials, and mind bender sessions. There are also many opportunities for participants to share best practices and network with colleagues from all over the state. Participants will walk away with concrete lesson plans and practical tools to implement in their classrooms.
“There is a growing body of research that demonstrates the connection between the arts and student achievement,” says Anne Pope, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. “For an arts-integrated curriculum to succeed, there has to be an understanding of how the arts and other curriculum connect. This requires that educators engage in professional development. The Create2013 conference offers educators a unique opportunity to learn about arts standards and how they can be applied to the curriculum they teach.”
Create2013 emerged from the Commission’s highly successful Value Plus Schools and Arts360 initiatives, arts integration models with multi-year funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Value Plus and Arts360 have demonstrated how the arts impact student success by helping to close the achievement gap. Create2013 supports teachers by sharing lessons learned from these programs.
To learn more about Create2013, visit www.tn.gov/arts/create2013.html.