Arts Integration Training

2019 Training information coming soon. Please email to be put on a list when registration information is available. 

The information below is from our 2018 training and reflects some of what you can expect in our 2019 training. 

Friday, August 24, 2018 – 9:00am – 3:00pm

Madison Central Library

The UW Community Arts Collaboratory “Arts Integration Training”, is an innovative project to train and support teaching artists, educators, and artists in arts-integrated education/learning. It is uncommon for artists to have a local space to gather with other artists and learn innovative practices and teaching methods. Under the direction of Professors Faisal Abdu’Allah (Art), Kate Corby (Dance), and Erica Halverson (Curriculum & Instruction), in collaboration with the Bubbler at Madison Public Libraries and supported by Operations Manager, Stephanie Richards, the Institute will curate and provide training in three areas:

1) Innovative practices to integrate dance, theatre, music, and visual art into educational programming,

2) Integrating creative and arts-based learning into their curriculum, and

3) Innovative art-making and creative practices.

Multiple workshops will be offered in the morning and a culminating experience-based session will be offered in the afternoon.


Cost: $25 and includes lunch


9:00 – 10:30 Session 1 (301 & 302): Conccurent workshops

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:15 Session 2 (301 & 302): Conccurent workshops

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch (provided)

1:30 – 3:00 Session 3 (301 & 302): Embodying cultural humility

Workshop Sessions, 9:00 – 10:30am

Improv, writing, and scaffolding risk with kids

Erica Halverson, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction and Director of Whoopensocker, will take you through an improv and writing workshop designed to get people comfortable taking the kinds of risks necessary for successful arts work in the classroom. We’ll play games, do some writing activities, and create short performances. By the end you’ll be comfortable taking a risk yourself and have some strategies for how to engaging in risk-taking with kids!

Designing curriculum and classroom management routines to serve the whole child 

Yorel Lashley, developmental psychologist and founder of Drum Power, will lead you through identifying the social-emotional skills/life-skills most central in your art teaching and then creating plans that integrate teaching them through the technical lessons of your art form with cultural relevance. You will also build systems for positive classroom management and healthy learning culture. By the end you will have plans for the most critical elements for teaching art that engage the whole child and build a strong community of learners—A Hands-on workshop

Workshop Sessions, 10:45am – 12:15pm


Jessica Lanius, Theatre Lila’s Artistic Director will share learning techniques for physical theatre and storytelling as an ensemble using Viewpoints. Participants will explore creating imagery and action with their bodies.

MetaRubric, a game for learning to develop rubrics

Peter Wardrip, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction. Teachers who have adopted hands-on, project-based, maker-based learning want to find creative and meaningful ways to assess student work. While rubrics can be helpful, creating a good rubric that goes beyond traditional assessment methods can also be challenging. Particularly in the context of arts-integrated experiences, educators tend to be more hesitant about using assessment because they don’t want to limit students’ creativity, exploration, and design processes. In this workshop, we invite educators to experience assessment design in a playful way by playing MetaRubric, a game for learning to develop rubrics.

Workshop Session, 1:30 – 3:00pm

Embodying cultural humility

Kyla Gilmore, LCPC, BC-DMT, will lead a training on cultural humility. Expanding our awareness of culture, race, and bias are essential skills for effectively navigating the world around us and is a best-practice standard in clinical work. This presentation will use lecture, discussion, video, and experiential learning to create a supportive atmosphere to explore race, culture, and identity in an effort to increase awareness of self and others. The understanding of cultural competence from an embodied perspective will be emphasized. Participants will learn a cultural competence perspective developed by the Sistah Circle Group, LLC that integrates concepts from Dance/Movement Therapy and the Ladder of Inference from the work of organizational psychologist Chris Argyris.

Mission: Through a clinical embodied lens, the Sistah Circle Group will advance the practices of cultural competencies in society.

Vision: The Sistah Circle Group will be the global leader in establishing supportive networks for dance/movement therapists and counseling professionals to foster their success academically and professionally.

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