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VSA Webinars Archive

Recordings of free VSA Webinars that addressed topics related to art, disability, and education.

For Teachers, Teaching Artists, and Other Educators

Drama & Universal Design for Learning

Drama & Universal Design for Learning Transcript
Date:
February 11, 2014
Description:
A practical, real-world, and highly interactive look at drama and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the natural connection between them, and how to make drama work more UDL. This session is for teaching artists, drama specialists, classroom teachers, and anyone interested in the subject.
Presenters:
Stephen Yaffe, Arts and Education Consultant

Deeper Learning: Strategies for Arts Education in the Inclusion Classroom

Deeper Learning: Strategies for Arts Education in the Inclusion Classroom
Date:
July 15, 2014
Description:
This Webinar addresses essential pedagogical practices that can contribute to successful arts learning environments and be adopted by teachers in any arts discipline. Anne Rhodes and Glenn McClure bring their decades-long perspectives of teaching in schools and of providing professional development to a broad-spectrum of arts educators and administrators. McClure and Rhodes structure their discussion to focus on specific in-class practices, teaching frameworks such as Universal Design for Learning, community engagement strategies, and their own recent experiences mentoring art and music teachers.
Presenters:
Glenn McClure, ACANY Mentor for Western New York
Anne Rhodes, ACANY Mentor for the Central New York

Demystifying Individualized Education Plans (IEP): An Introduction to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act & IEPs

Demystifying Individualized Education Plans Transcript
Date:
September 17, 2013
Description:
This Webinar provides teaching artists with a basic understanding of Special Education and Individual Education Plans (IEP). Attendees receive information about timelines, accommodations, adaptations, goals, and objectives to better serve students. This information regarding special education helps teaching artists adapt their activities so that every student will have an equal opportunity to learn and participate.
Presenters:
Jennifer Zielinski, Program Coordinator/Parent Education Coordinator, Idaho Parents Unlimited
Angela Lindig, Executive Director, Idaho Parents Unlimited

Individualized Education Plans and 21st Century Learning Skills

IEPS & 21st Century Learning Skills Transcript
Date:
October 29, 2013
Description:
Teaching artists will explore the arts in developing 21st Century Learning Skills for students who receive special education services. This in-depth Webinar will assist teaching artists in understanding privacy issues within an individualized education plan (IEP), and how to work with teachers to ensure academic goals are being addressed. Specific examples from artist residencies in Idaho public schools will be included.
Presenters:
Angela Lindig, Executive Director, Idaho Parents Unlimited
Heather Kirk Skinner, Arts Coordinator/Parent Educator, Idaho Parents Unlimited

Making Dance Accessible for Students with Disabilities

Making Dance Accessible for Students with Disabilities Transcript
Date:
January 14, 2014
Description:
As the United States Department of Education expands physical education programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, providing support for the participation of students with disabilities in dance and movement activities becomes even more important. In this webinar intended for anyone in a dance teaching practice, educators working in an inclusive setting, or artists with questions about how to make their work more accessible, participants will learn strategies for how to approach dance curriculum to help all students explore their best creative selves. Alisa Rasera and Luna Dance Institute will share best practices and stories from teaching in K-8 public school settings and how they fulfill their mission of bringing all dance to all children.
Presenters:
Presenter: Alisa Rasera, Professional Learning Manager, Luna Dance Institute

Meeting Behavioral Challenges in Teaching Artist Residencies - What Shall I Do Next??

Meeting Behavioral Challenges Transcript
Date:
July 23, 2012
Description:
This webinar will offer practical approaches and strategies for dealing with the many situations which present themselves to teaching artists (TAs) working in schools, in out-of-school settings, and in studio and community arts programs and workshops. It will stress problem-solving techniques, ways to make the most of good communication with other teachers, staff, and students themselves, and real-life examples of ways to work through common and uncommon challenges with a variety of learners, including those with disabilities and with behavioral issues. It will also touch on TA-teacher collaboration and how it helps meet these needs.
Presenters:
Deborah Stuart, Program Committee Chair, VSA New Hampshire
Janice Hastings, Janice Hastings, Director of Development and Marketing at New Heights

Music and More: Strategies for Success in Inclusion Classrooms

Music and More Transcript
Date:
May 20, 2014
Description:
Description: Music educators Elise Sobol and Alan Núñez offer methodologies for teaching in and through music when in inclusion settings. Drawing on their decades of experience as teachers and trainers for teachers, Núñez and Sobol will provide specific music education techniques that build on or contribute to learning approaches in other art disciplines. Intended for music specialists and generalists alike, this webinar will give participants both theoretical and pragmatic approaches to multi-modal, multi-sensory learning that can be used in any K - 12 classroom, and are particularly successful for students with a wide range of abilities
Presenters:
Alan Núñez, Teaching Artist
Dr. Elise Sobol, Nassau BOCES Department of Special Education

Professional Learning for Teaching Artists: Including Students with Disabilities

Including Students with Disabilities Transcript

Date:
October 23, 2012
Description:
This introductory level Webinar for teachers working in any school setting who have questions about including students with disabilities as well as a foundation for further development of their practice is designed to provide an overview of (1) special education services as set forth by federal law, (2) characteristics of the most prevalent disabilities identified and served in schools, and (3) what to consider when including students with disabilities in your teaching.
Presenters:
Sharon M. Malley, Ed D, Special Education Specialist, Office of VSA and Accessibility, The Kennedy Center

Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Arts: A Guide for Teaching Artists

Supporting Students with Autism Transcript

Date:
January 29, 2013
Description:
This introductory level Webinar for teaching artists and others working with, or who intend to work with, students with autism in the arts provides an overview of autism, the challenges and gifts associated with having autism, and teaching strategies when teaching students with autism in the arts.
Presenters:
Sharon M. Malley, Ed D, Special Education Specialist, Office of VSA and Accessibility, The Kennedy Center

Teaching Artists: What You Need to Know BEFORE the Special Education Residency

Teaching Artists: What You Need to Know Before Transcript
Date:
August 13, 2013
Description:
A practical and very real world webinar for Teaching Artists working in inclusion and/or self-contained settings - as well as their arts administrators and school administration partners - that focuses on key things to know before your residency, how to get that information, and why it's so important.
Presenters:
Presenter: Stephen Yaffe, Arts and Education Consultant

Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum: Translating Research into Instructional Strategies

Teaching Music to Students Transcript

Date:
June 4, 2013
Description:
This introductory level Webinar for teachers, teaching artists, and parents covers research-based educational implications and shares instructional strategies to successfully include students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in music settings.
Presenters:
Dr. Mary Adamek, Ph.D., MT-BC, Director of the Music Therapy Program at The University of Iowa
Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow, Ph.D., MT-BC, Irvin Cooper Professor of Music Therapy and Music Education at Florida State University

UDL 101: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning for Teaching Artists

UDL 101 Transcript

Date:
April 23, 2013
Description:
This introductory level Webinar for teaching artists with little to no knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) explains the UDL framework and the reasons why UDL is considered a key education reform strategy. Also participants learn why UDL is seen as a way to improve instruction and provide educators with the tools they need to be successful.
Presenters:
Ms. Ricki Sabia, J.D., Founder and former Chair of the National UDL Task Force

UDL 102: Universal Design for Learning in the Arts Classroom

UDL 102 Transcript

Date:
April 30, 2013
Description:
This introductory level Webinar for teaching artists with little to no knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and participants of the UDL 101 Webinar presents approaches and ideas on what UDL looks like when applied to the inclusive arts classroom.
Presenters:
Gordon Sasaki, Educator at the Museum of Modern Art

Understanding Differences: An Exploration of IEP Identifications for the Teaching Artist - Working with Students Who Are Blind/Low-Vision

Transcript as a rich text document Working with Students Who Are Blind/Low-Vision Transcript
Date:
Date: November 19, 2013
Description:
How can we make art experiences accessible and enjoyable for students who have visual impairments? How do they benefit from participating in art activities? This presentation geared towards teachers and teaching artists offers examples of tools, materials, and strategies for facilitating meaningful art experiences.
Presenters:
Minda Tayam, Art Teacher, California School for the Blind
Dr. Stuart Wittenstein, Superintendent, California School for the Blind

For Artists

Careers for People with Disabilities in the Arts

Careers for People with Disabilities Transcript

Date:
May 21, 2013
Description:
Employment in the arts is challenging for any artist and those with disabilities are no exception. This Webinar intended for artists with disabilities and arts administrators presents learnings from the careers of two artists working in Indiana, and gives an overview of the work being done by arts service providers to increase opportunities for artists with disabilities.
Presenters:
Kristina Davis-Smith, Community Development Manager & Accessibility Coordinator, Indiana Arts Commission
Judy Champa, Artist and Owner of Heirloom Classics - Jewelry & Beads
Warren Miller, Graphic Designer and Pop Artist

Online Media and Marketing for Visual Artists with Disabilities

Online Media and Marketing Transcript
Date:
March 18, 2014
Description:
Whether you have a great website or no online presence at all, the Internet can be the most useful tool you have to grow your art career. Join us to learn how to establish and grow your online presence through creating an online portfolio, making a great website, networking through social media, and more in this Webinar intended for emerging visual artists with disabilities
Presenters:
Clinton Dean Bowman, Photographer and Installation Artist
Will Copps, Audio/Visual Artist

Strategies for Mounting a Low-Cost Exhibition

Strategies for Mounting a Low-Cost Exhibition Transcript

Date:
March 26, 2013
Description:
Mounting an art exhibition does not have to be daunting nor should it stop an artist or group from hosting an exhibit. With a little legwork, elbow grease, and strategic networking skills, anyone or any group with the motivation can stage an exhibition-whether in a traditional gallery or a negotiating your own temporary pop-up space. This introductory level Webinar for administrators and artists of start-up galleries and small to mid-size galleries goes over the basics in exhibit set-up for small to mid-size venues. Topics covered will include: exhibit design and installation; labor and staffing; outreach and publicity; and legal and safety issues to consider.
Presenters:
Sonja Cendak, Artist Services Assistant Manager, Office of VSA and Accessibility, The Kennedy Center

Setting Up Success for Performing Artists with Disabilities

Setting Up Success for Performing Arts Transcript

Date:
February 26, 2013
Description:
This introductory level Webinar for all aspiring actors, dancers, and musicians and their parents or supporters covers tips on how to build skills, market talent, and network for success.
Presenters:
Elizabeth Miller, Arts Consultant and former VSA Artist Services Manager

Setting Up Success for Visual Artists with Disabilities

Visual Artists Success Transcript

Date:
December 11, 2012
Description:
The dream to be the next Picasso or Pollock is a noble, yet challenging goal. "Making it" in today's art world takes more than just creativity on the canvas—it requires skills and strategies that encompass communication, technology, and outreach in order make a mark (and sell a painting) in the art market. This introductory level Webinar for organizations that want to provide better technical assistance to visual artists, beginning visual artists, and established artists that want to make the transition to the more public, commercial art world, provides the foundation on how to set up the practical side on one's art career—from preparing a portfolio to seeking grants and funding—and is geared towards working artists, art administrators, and anyone who works in an organization that supports visual artists.
Presenters:
Sonja Cendak, Artist Services Assistant Manager, Office of VSA and Accessibility, The Kennedy Center

Social Media and Marketing for Performing Artists with Disabilities

Social Media and Marketing Transcript
Date:
April 9, 2014
Description:
Tune in to find out how you can harness free social networks and communities to reach all of your fans. Use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and YouTube to make the most of what the internet has to offer. Engage your fans, keep them updated, and most importantly, have fun while doing it!
Presenters:
Justin Kauflin, Jazz Pianist
Laurie Rubin, Mezzo-Soprano

For Administrators

Creative Aging 101: The Encore Age and What It Can Mean to You and Your Organization

Creative Aging 101 Transcript
Date:
November 15, 2012
Description:
This introductory level Webinar for artists and arts administrators discusses the opportunities for artists and arts organizations to address issues related to longevity as good healthcare and better education are allowing people to live longer. Older people are looking for ways to find meaning and purpose, and the arts offer this potential. This also translates into a growing need for accessible arts programs in both institutional and community settings. Through this Webinar, learn more about research and best practices in funding and policy development in this area.
Presenters:
Dr. Gay Hanna, Ph.D., M.F.A., Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging
Katie Fitzgerald, Director of Communications, National Center for Creative Aging

VSA Affiliate Transition to Employment Presentations

Employment Webinar Transcript
Date:
August 12, 2012
Description:
This Webinar intended for arts administrators and teachers provides an overview of two transition to employment programs carried out by VSA Texas and VSA Colorado. In the New Media Arts program, VSA Texas worked with young adults with disabilities in transition from high school to post-secondary who wanted and needed current and relevant training to enhance both their social roles and pre-employment skills and competencies. The New Media Arts focus on new media (i.e., technology, video, etc.) and traditional arts (music, art, dance, etc.) provided an effective blend of carefully selected, inclusive learning activities for both social role and pre-employment competency enhancement. In ARTWORKS, VSA Colorado worked with students at extreme risk for poor transition into adulthood to help them gain job skills and create sellable artwork for individuals and corporations.
Presenters:
Celia Hughes, Executive Director, VSA Texas
Damon McLeese, Executive Director, VSA Colorado

How to Prepare for Hosting an Intern with a Disability

How to Prepare for Hosting an Intern with a Disability Transcript
Date:
June 17, 2014
Description:
This webinar demystifies the process of hosting an intern with a disability by covering four key stages: recruitment, interview/selection, preparations, and implementation. Incorporating interns with disabilities into an arts organization can have a profoundly positive effect on the entire company. The presenters discuss how and why to make this happen.
Presenters:
Laura Savia, Workshop Artistic Producer, Williamstown Theater Festival
Bethany Spilhaus, Group Sales Assistant Manager, The Kennedy Center

Innovative Programming Presentation - VSA Florida: Modern Skills for Success - My Art My Way Residency Program Uniting Online Technology and Creative Expression

VSA Florida Modern Skills for Success Transcript

Date:
July 12, 2012
Description:
This Webinar walks teachers, teaching artists, and the VSA affiliate network through the basics of the Modern Skills for Success program and how VSA Florida incorporates it into their transition age artist in residency program throughout the state. View the online art making tool, "Splash," as well as view the curriculum guide that directs the classroom teacher or teaching artist in step by step directions to successful learning and outcomes. Understand how Modern Skill for Success can provide a way for transition students to learn small business skills while taking incremental, yet substantial, steps toward self-reliance.

Presenters: Wendy Finklea, Education Coordinator, VSA Florida

Jennifer Bonaventura, Teaching Artist and Regional Program Coordinator, VSA Florida

Development Webinar for the VSA Affiliate Network

Date:
June 14, 2012
Description:
This Webinar designed for executive directors of nonprofit arts organizations addresses the basics of fundraising for smaller organizations, including working with foundations, corporations, government entities, and individual donors.
Presenters:
Aubrie Willaert, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Development Department, The Kennedy Center
Holly Oliver, Manager of Individual Campaigns, Development Department, The Kennedy Center

Board Development: Recruitment and Training

Date:
May 18, 2012
Description:
This introductory level Webinar intended for arts administrators and executive directors of nonprofit organizations provides tools and ideas for identifying, attracting, and engaging stewards to build a model board.
Presenters:
Claire West, Board Chair, VSA Arizona
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