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2010 International VSA Festival Arts and Disability. Dance, Music, Theater, Education, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts

Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote: Sir Ken Robinson

"The Arts & 21st Century Learning Skills-A Global Perspective"

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Allegro's Adaptive Dance Workshop

Patricia Farmer, Jane Fastje, Lauren Thomas, Judy Rollins, Allegro Foundation (North Carolina/USA)

Explore adaptive dance techniques that combine cognitive and muscle memory to stimulate sequential and conceptual learning, inclusive lesson plans that meet the needs of students with and without disabilities, and assessment tools and practices to monitor student progress. Session will also examine Allegro Foundation's recent research findings in dance education.

Art without Limits Workshop

Celia Hughes, VSA Texas (Texas/USA); Dwayne Szot, Zot Artz: Arts for All (Wisconsin/USA)

The Zot Artz Activity Guide provides art activities that foster social interaction, self-esteem, and natural inclusion. Explore the library of adapted art-making tools that provide all individuals with opportunities for creative expression. All of the equipment is designed so that participants with both limited movement and fine motor skills can be successful at their own level of ability, creating original works of art.

Bringing Text to Life Workshop

Tim McCarty, Bellamie Bachleda, QUEST Arts for Everyone(Maryland/USA)

An ever-growing body of research demonstrates the clear connection between the arts and literacy. The Bringing Text to Life workshop introduces educators and teaching artists to strategies for employing visual theater as an important tool for enhancing learning readiness and literacy.

Developing Inclusive Arts for Young Children Lecture

Alida Anderson, Widener University (Pennsylvania/USA)

Examine methods and materials that support inclusive arts curriculum, arts instruction, and assessment in early childhood. Participants are encouraged to share their perspectives on challenges and methods of access, participation, and progress of all children in arts-based activities.

Mural Painting as Inclusive Arts Learning Lecture

Kong Ho, Martie Geiger-Ho, University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania/USA)

Explore how all learners can participate in the production of a community or school mural by using an inclusive arts learning curriculum. Inclusive arts allow learners of different abilities and skills to participate, aided by collaborative execution and constructivist teaching. Examine community mural practice through collaborative design using digital imaging technology and by engaging in mural appreciation discourse.

SAORI Hand-Weaving Workshop Workshop

Kenzo Jo, VSA Japan (Japan)

Explore the tools and techniques to practice SAORI hand-weaving as an inclusive art program for people with and without disabilities of all ages. Experience weaving techniques on accessible looms and tools invented by the presenter. This workshop is for all educators, artists, and program administrators with an interest in weaving. No previous experience necessary.

School Arts: the Sum of All Parts Panel

Lynda Aussenberg-Hedfors, Roger Thomas, Ruth Marshall, Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children (Pennsylvania/USA)

Schools play an important role in providing a broad spectrum of arts opportunities for students with severe and multiple disabilities. Discover how to use educational and supportive services to provide a range of accessible art experiences and gain a greater perspective on nurturing creativity through the arts for all students.

Pathways to Employment Session
Changing Attitudes through Disability Film Festivals Panel

Denise Roza, Perspektiva (Moscow, Russia); Bruce Curtis, World Institute on Disability (Oakland, California)

Film can be a powerful tool for community change, and above all, for promoting inclusive education. This presentation will describe two disability film festivals that have been running successfully for more than eight years in Russia and San Francisco. It will demonstrate how films are used during and beyond the festivals to raise awareness and motivate people to act while providing positive solutions and role models for members of the community.

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

It's All about ARTabilities Lecture/ Workshop

Dan Galloway, St. Lucie County School District; Kathy Iwanowski, VSA Florida (Florida/USA)

Discover the successful, collaborative experience of an inclusive arts curriculum and instruction project of two Exceptional Student Education teachers and their unique group of fourth through eighth-grade students. Investigate project methodologies and techniques, including attitudes regarding the capabilities of persons with multiple disabilities, and explore options to incorporate similar projects in your own community.

Music in a Learning-Centered Classroom Workshop

Myrna Meerof, Broward College (Florida/USA)

Create musical learning-centered activities using recordings, multimedia, video, and musical instruments. Explore the elements of music, the impact of recent cognitive brain studies, and the current educational uses of music to develop your own activities.

Story Book Making: Science Fiction for Creativity and Imagination Workshop

Dr. Nadia Bamieh, Dr. Nadia El Arabi, VSA Egypt (Egypt)

Using creativity and imagination, explore the integration of science and art through storytelling and bookmaking. The presenters, with the aid of two young artists with disabilities, will guide small groups in creating a book.

Strategies for Inclusion in Dance Lecture

Sarah Whatley, Coventry University (UK)

Discover the evidence-based inclusive, arts-integrated curriculum resources used by Coventry University to support students with physical disabilities in higher education dance programs. Discussion will focus on the key role of the Learning Support Assistant in supporting students and teachers in studio-based dance activities, and how the role is developed and managed.

Universal Design for Learning Principles in the Arts Classroom Workshop

Gordon Sasaki, Museum of Modern Art-MOMA (New York/USA)

Explore techniques to use Universal Design for Learning principles in the visual arts classroom. Through examination of a sample lesson plan, images, and inclusive art-making techniques, participants will focus on developing the creative process through familiar forms and unconventional approaches, incorporating digital technology to aid in classroom accessibility.

Pathways to Employment Sessions
Artist Training Studios: Integrating Art and Career Development Panel

Rae Edelson, Gateway Arts/Vinfen (Massachusetts/USA); Annie Geselle, Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery (Alaska/ USA) Patty Mitchell, Ohio Arts Council (Ohio/USA); Quimetta Perle, HAI (New York/USA); Debra Emerson, Wendy Morris, St. Madeline's Sophie's Center (California/USA)

The panel will investigate the history and approach of four different art studio centers located in the United States. These studios provide arts-based training and employment training for persons with disabilities to find an outlet for expression, interaction, and personal growth. The presentation will also explore developing, applying, and evaluating shared arts experiences in an inclusive setting.

21st-Century Professional Development for Applying Universal Design Panel

James E. Modrick, VSA; Don Glass, VSA; Mary Liniger, VSA (Washington, DC/USA)

Universally designing curriculum for students requires professional development for teachers that also models the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The VSA Communities of Practice uses 21st-century online and teleconferencing tools to provide multiple, flexible options for engaging with and applying inclusive arts practices. This presentation outlines the key characteristics of effective 21st-century professional development, as well as provides examples of what UDL looks like in practice.

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Art Education for the 21st Century Lecture

Katherine Douglas, Teaching Artistic Behavior, inc. (Massachusetts/USA); Ellyn Gaspardi, Bridgewater Middle School (Massachusetts/USA)

Encourage students to create, make mistakes, seek new answers, and evaluate outcomes for themselves by letting them work independently and express their ideas in the media of their choice. Referencing Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction, this presentation will outline choice-based art education that supports and encourages an inclusive learning experience, focusing on learners 6–12 years old.

Art of Inclusion in the Theater Arts Classroom Workshop

Diane Nutting and Elizabeth Broder-Oldach Imagination Stage (Maryland/USA); Torrie Dunlap, National Training Center on Inclusion (California/USA)

The physical and social parameters of the theater arts experience can often intimidate those who are trying to create an inclusive environment for students with disabilities. This session will explore ways to see these parameters as opportunities rather than obstacles. Using case studies, this hands-on workshop will examine the elements necessary for successful inclusion practices.

Audio Description: An Aid to Literacy Lecture

Joel Snyder, American Council of the Blind (Maryland/USA)

Discover the fundamentals of audio description as applied to educational media and children's books, and discuss how description can build literacy skills. By using audio description, books are made accessible to children who have low vision or who are blind, thus supporting the development of more sophisticated language skills in all students.

Inclusive Early Childhood Creative Arts Curriculum Workshop

Robyn Swanson, Western Kentucky University (Kentucky/USA)

Create a standards-based creative arts curriculum of music, dance, and drama in inclusive early childhood classrooms focused on students with developmental delays. View video of students in the classroom and discuss how each activity was developed to include varied learning styles and adaptive devices. The adaptive devices will be available for use during this workshop.

Movement Metaphor: Special Needs Drama Education Workshop

Low Kok Wai, Chjiraporn Oringa Vathanasin, Arts Atria (Singapore)

Explore drama exercises using the methods of Movement Metaphor—designed to engage students and promote collaboration between students with and without disabilities. Take part in drama activities that use vocal cues to evoke individuality in a structured environment.

Reflective Program Design for Program Managers Workshop

Kati Blair, Nicole Agois, VSA Massachusetts (Massachusetts/USA)

Are your program activities and evaluation methods aligned with your organizational mission and goals? This workshop examines how aligning programmatic objectives with organizational mission can improve program quality and accessibility. Participants will explore tools, processes, and strategies (using the "Understanding by Design" framework) to take a critical look at program design.

Tell Your Story: Expressing Disability Culture through the Written Word Panel

Steven Brown, Center on Disability Studies (Hawaii/USA); James Ferris, University of Toledo (Ohio/USA); Anne Finger, Writer (California/USA)

Investigate the importance of both writing and sharing your story in the 21st century. Presenters will lead a panel of writers with disabilities highlighted in the VSA Writing Spotlights Series. Discuss how writing can be rewarding, both personally and vocationally. Audience members will be encouraged to share their stories.

Universal Design for Learning of Arts in the Context of a Museum Lecture

Jaime Solano, Francisco Utray, Carlos III University – CESyA (Spain)

Explore the main findings of the design and use of Multimedia Guides for All (MGA). MGA is an approach that involves a series of recommendations for the selection, application, preparation of content, and maintenance of a computerized device in order to achieve the principles of the Universal Design for Learning. Examine a GVAM (Guide for Virtually Adapted Museums) prototype, the current case study in development, and discuss the possible applications of these devices.

Special Event
Outsider: The Art and Life of Judith Scott Film Screening/ Discussion

Joyce Scott, poet, writer, and Judith's twin; Tom DiMaria, Director of Common Growth Art Center.

This moving documentary, directed by Betsy Baha, celebrates the life of Judith Scott (1943–2005). Judith Scott, who was deaf and had Down syndrome, spent 35 years in an Ohio state institution until her twin sister Joyce gained custody of her in the '80s and moved Judith to the Bay Area. There, Judith began taking classes at Oakland's Creative Growth Art Center, an organization for people with developmental disabilities, and created colorful yarn-wrapped abstract sculptures that have been exhibited around the world.