Partners in Education
Overview of Seminars
Kennedy Center Seminars for Artist Development
The demand for artist professional development is growing and the Kennedy Center Partners in Education program has been working to meet the demand.
The Kennedy Center offers four Seminars to establish a shared understanding of the definition of arts integration, to assist teaching artists to plan effective artist residencies, to assist teaching artists in planning and presenting workshops for teachers, and to help artists to develop education performance materials.
All four Seminars draw on decades of Kennedy Center experience helping teaching artists develop their knowledge and skills for working more effectively in schools to reach all types of learners through the arts. Instruction is supported by live demonstrations, PowerPoint presentations, and video examples. Seminar sponsoring organizations play a role in the presentation of each Seminar. To support the sponsoring organization in its commitment to planning and implementing ongoing follow-up support, the Kennedy Center provides a Guide for Sponsors that outlines all the Sponsor responsibilities.
For a printable version of the complete brochure about the Kennedy Center Seminars please refer to Professional Learning for Teaching Artists.
The four in-depth Seminars are:
- Focus 1 - Teaching Students
- Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration
- Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students
Designed for both novice and experienced teaching artists who work in the classroom with students and are interested in developing their knowledge and skills to effectively plan and lead instruction.
- Focus 2 - Teaching Teachers
Designed for highly-experienced teaching artists who want to learn to plan and lead workshops that transfer a part of their knowledge and practice to teachers so that teachers can include the arts in their own teaching.
- Focus 3 - Writing Performing Guides
Designed for performing artists as well as arts and cultural organizations interested in developing or refining approaches to writing performance guides that prepare young people to be more knowledgeable and reflective audience members.
Recommended Seminar Sequence: Regardless of teaching artists’ experience and skills, it is recommended that sponsoring organizations offer the Focus 1 Seminar(s) before Focus 2.
To Host A Seminar
Availability of the Seminars is limited. Sponsors interested in more information about hosting a Seminar should send a letter of interest to Partners in Education, The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566. You may also reach us at (202) 416-8843 or through the Partners in Education Contact Center.