Registration Open for 2015 Montana Teaching Artist Weekend


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Registration is now open for the 2015 Montana Teaching Artist Weekend Hosted by the Montana Arts Council and the Holter Museum of Art, Helena

Friday, April 17 6:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

A professional development and networking opportunity for teaching artists serving schools and communities across Montana.

Teaching artists fill a critical need for arts education for learners young and old in the Big Sky. Join the Montana Arts Council and Holter Museum of Art for a professional development opportunity that will help you sharpen your skills as an artist, educator and advocate for high-quality arts education for all Montana students. This opportunity is open to professional teaching artists of all disciplines who provide hands-on learning experiences in school, after school, and in non-traditional learning environments.

The weekend will kick off with an opening reception Friday night at the Holter Museum of Art with a keynote speaker David Spear of A VOICE.  David is a teaching artist who has worked with students over the past decade at Two Eagle River School in Pablo, recording the stories of their community through photography. The reception will include opportunities for teaching artists to network, with refreshments and no-host beer and wine selections.

Saturday’s agenda includes:

8:00-8:30 a. m.     Coffee and Conversation

8:30-11:30  am      Plenary Workshop:  The Arts and Cognition with Lorrie Heagy

Lorrie is an elementary music teacher and director of Juneau, Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), an El Sistema-inspired program that provides string instruction for students.  She is the 2011 Alaska Teacher of the Year, and her program at Glacier Valley Elementary earned the Kennedy Center’s Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award. 

Lorrie will offer a lively, interactive workshop for teaching artists of all disciplines on how learning in and through the arts impacts the brain.  Lorrie will help you better understand how what you are teaching is impacting the development of your learners, and will help make you a stronger advocate for the power of arts learning. 

11:30-12:30         Networking Box Lunch

12:45-1:45           Afternoon Breakout Sessions

The Arts and Healthcare with Youpa Stein and guests

Youpa Stein, Tracy Pohndorf and Odette Grassi of Living Art of Montana will discuss the organization’s work in the expanding field of the arts and healthcare, a growing area of opportunity for teaching artists.  Youpa, Tracy and Odette will share their experiences using artistic expression as a way of healing. 

Expanding Your Online Presence with Janaina Vieira-Marques

Want to build a website, but don’t know where to start?  Not sure how to make the best use of technology to market your skills as a teaching artist?  Teaching Artist Janaina Vieira-Marques will offer you some great resources and tricks to boost your online presence and help make more people aware of the great work you do! 

2:00-3:00 pm      Breakout Sessions Repeated

3:15-4:45 pm      Open Space Session

In Open Space, participants suggest topics or questions they are interested in exploring, and participants self-select the discussion they would like to join.  Participants are welcome to use “the law of two feet” to leave a discussion, join a different one, or start their own.  Open Space is a great way to brainstorm, problem-solve and network with your fellow teaching artists.

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm   Closing thoughts and goodbyes
Who should attend?

Professional, non-volunteer teaching artists working in school and community settings around Montana in all artistic disciplines.  Registration is limited to 40 teaching artists.  Preference will be given to teaching artists currently on the Montana Arts Council’s Arts Education Artist Registry.  Those working in Montana arts organizations in an arts education programming capacity (education directors, etc.) are also welcome.

What is the cost?

Registration is free, but limited to 40 people.  While the Montana Arts Council cannot cover travel costs for attendees, we have booked a block of rooms at the Helena Colonial Red Lion Inn, 2301 Colonial Drive, in at the discounted rate of $89/night.  Please call (406) 443-2100  to reserve a room in this block with the Montana Arts Council.

How do I register?

Registration is online by clicking here to fill out an online form.  Your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from us on or before Friday, March 6, or an email confirming you have been placed on the wait list. 

The deadline for registration is Thursday, March 5. 

Contact Emily Kohring at or (406) 444-6522 with questions.


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