FRIDAY, APRIL 5
10:15 am – 11:30 am
D1. Just Add Beats: Teaching 21st-Century Skills Through Audio Design and Production
Andrew Karnavas, Founder & CEO, Yawp Records; Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Houston
Today’s students face a future of profound innovation filled with careers that don’t currently exist. In the program Just Add Beats, students learn future-oriented skills (collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication) through an immersive project-based curriculum in audio design and production. In this workshop, participants team up in groups – each equipped with an audio workstation – and face off in an audio design challenge: creating sound effects for a school theater production, composing an original song using NASA’s sound library, assembling a digital drum compilation from a piece of paper, or recording a tell-all interview with a butterfly. Participants will produce an original audio work and learn strategies for making their own interactive, arts-integrated lessons using resources available to them at home. No previous music training necessary.
(Jackson A, 3rd floor)
D2. Wish You Were Here: Devising Sensory Theatre with Students with Learning Differences
Troy Scheid, Director, Brave Little Company
Learn about Brave Little Company’s approach to providing opportunities for teens with profound intellectual disabilities to create original theatre pieces. In addition to participating in examples of creative exercises the students experience, participants will view recent pieces and learn about the program from teaching artists, the classroom teacher, and the students (via video). The approach was developed through a partnership with Young Audiences of Houston, Aurora Picture Show, and Dobie High School (Pasadena Independent School District in Southeast Houston). The program’s goal was to create original works “with” the students, performed for their peers, and to support their life skills such as meeting new people. In the current partnership, Dobie students create original short theatre pieces. The pieces combine shadow puppetry using found objects and sensory elements that introduce audience members to the sounds, smells, and textures of each destination, though the students may never travel there in person. The performances are filmed, narrated, and screened with the students’ assistance.
(Jackson B, 3rd floor)
D3. All for One: Lessons Learned from Year One of YA of Houston’s Arts for Learning Lab
Glenn Bailey, Jr., Community and School Partnership Director, Young Audiences of Houston
Sophia Torres, Special Projects Coordinator, Young Audiences of Houston
Becky Valls, Artistic Director, Becky Valls Dance Company
How can the role of the teaching artist be elevated? Join the presenters for a lively discussion about the creation of the Arts for Learning Lab and learn how you can develop a similar program and approach to teaching artist professional development in your community. Teaching artists are the core component of successful arts-integrated programs. Young Audiences of Houston sought ways to lay the foundation for artist recruitment and development that could benefit all Houston arts providers. How could they create a program where teaching artists, present and future, were given the tools, training, and resources that would ensure job growth, high-quality program delivery, and creative expression by youth? With their partners, they developed the Arts for Learning Lab, a teaching artist certificate program in partnership with the University of Houston’s Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts and the School of Theatre & Dance. The presenters will review their start-up path, the crucial role of their university partner, funding, evaluation, and what lies ahead.
(Sims A, 3rd floor)
D4. Expanding the Artistic Voice: Practices for Building the Student Choice-Based Classroom
Renee Benson, Master Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Louisiana
How do we expand our comprehension of what mastery looks like inside a choice-based classroom? Find out how to enhance the learning experience for special education and mixed population classrooms. Discover strategies that utilize the inherent differentiation processes in cross-disciplinary art projects as a pathway to building strong foundations for both academic success and a classroom culture of joyful academic engagement for learners of all abilities. In this session, engage in digital, physical, and written experiences that promote exploration, inquiry and a “process over product” approach to learning. Learn to use daily unstructured time, maximize reflection activities, as well resources for creating projects that engage the learner outside the classroom. Participants are asked to bring a laptop to this session.
(Sims B, 3rd floor)
D5. Feel the Vibez: Youth Mindfulness and Creativity Through Yoga and Hip Hop
Rovion Reed, Founder, Kinetic Vibez; Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Houston
Rajesh Shekar, Founder, Kinetic Vibez; Teaching Artist, Young Audiences of Houston
Like adults, kids stress out about work, school, relationships – myriad things that they have no control over. Kinetic Vibez uses hip hop culture to empower youth, grades 3 through 12, and make them aware of their strengths and weaknesses. As students learn the foundations of yoga, they also learn about the historical foundations of hip hop music, poetry, and visual arts, which then enables them to explore creative expression in those art forms. Recently presented at SXSW EDU and the Houston Arts Partners Conference, this session offers tools in classroom management, classroom culture, and mindfulness inspired by yoga and hip hop. Experience how elements of hip hop and yoga can help kids cope with stress, overcome social anxiety, and express themselves creatively. Learn how the two correlate through self-exploration and hands-on collaborative activities.
(Grand Ballroom, 22nd floor)