About ART21 Educators

 

“[ART21 Educators is] a diverse family of tirelessly passionate, inspiring, and driven educators who believe in the power of art to broaden the way students and teachers experience the world.”
—Matthew Garza, New York, NY, 2012–2013 ART21 Educator

 

As a year-long intensive experience, the ART21 Educators program encourages teachers to consider new ways that contemporary art can support teaching and learning both in the arts and when the arts are brought into the classroom to enrich and deepen learning in other disciplines.

This program provides a unique opportunity for participating educators to develop in the following areas:

  1. Use ART21 and other resources to develop greater knowledge of and expanded perspectives about contemporary art, artists, and themes;
  2. Use ART21 and experiences with contemporary art, artists, and themes to support innovative curriculum development and teaching across disciplines;
  3. Use documentation and reflection practices that capture changes in personal growth, student learning, and classroom culture;
  4. Participate in a professional learning community of supportive and reflective educational practitioners.
 

Summer in New York City

Online During the Academic Year

Mentors

Participants

Alumni

Program Fees

Academic Credit

Additional Resources

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Summer in New York City (July)

The program begins with the Summer Institute in New York City. Over the course of six days, participants work with ART21 staff, visiting artists, and guest presenters to develop their familiarity with contemporary art and artists and learn strategies for planning and teaching with big questions and processes related to contemporary art and interdisciplinary pedagogy. Accepted educators explore ways to use ART21 films and educational materials in the classroom, consider new documentation strategies and practices, and participate in collaborative reflection in support of their continued participation in the program throughout the year.

All participants receive a complete set of the PBS series Art in the Twenty-First Century DVDs, related Educators’ Guides, a video camera, and an introduction to a variety of online media resources and strategies for teaching with contemporary art using ART21 films and artists. Participants design and develop curriculum, watch and talk about films, visit museums and galleries, and hear from artists and other educators. Teachers return to their classrooms with a unique unit of study that they have designed to teach during the school year, as well as lesson ideas and resources generated by fellow participants.

Sessions include:

  • Contemporary art in contemporary classrooms
  • Exploring contemporary questions
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives and contemporary art
  • Curating the classroom
  • Technology tutorials and filming workshops
  • Studio visits and guest presenters

Read a summary of previous Summer Institutes and comments from participating educators on the ART21 Magazine:

Reflecting on the ART21 Educators Summer Institute (July 11, 2012)

Looking Back on an Inspiring ART21 Educators Institute (July 20, 2011)

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"...having artists on hand to discuss artwork was a major highlight. Seeing how each of them approach their work and listening to them discusses processes is the best possible method of exploring contemporary art."
—Craig Newsom, Carlinville, IL, 2012–2013 ART21 Educator

 

Online During the Academic Year (August–May)

ART21 Educators continues during the school year through monthly webinar forums and social networking applications in a private online environment that builds on the momentum of the Summer Institute. Through these distance-learning approaches, the program introduces participants to new resources and supports continued curriculum planning and teaching during the school year. Online platforms allow participants to share documentation of their current work (video, photography, and writing) and receive feedback from peers and ART21 Education staff to reflect on and enhance their teaching.

ART21 Educators is a significant commitment and requires participants to dedicate time each week towards working with the community as well as developing and documenting their teaching process.

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"ART21 Educators is a group of passionate educators who want to transform their classroom into everything contemporary."
—Domenic Frunzi, Boyertown, PA, 2013–2014 ART21 Educator

 

Mentors

If selected to participate in ART21 Educators, you will be paired with a mentor who is an alumni of the ART21 Educators Program for the 2016-2017 school year. Your mentor will also attend the Summer Institute, and you will meet with your mentor once a month (both individually and in small focus groups with other mentors/mentees) from September 2016–May 2017.

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Participants

Each year twelve to fourteen educators from across the United States are selected to participate. Participants include a diverse group of teachers who represent rural, urban, and suburban demographics, varied school and student populations, and a range of subject areas and grade levels.

Although the program does not require any specific technology experience or video production skills, teachers must have a willingness to learn about and use video and online networking forums with training provided by ART21.

Participants are expected to participate fully in all aspects of the program, including ongoing documentation of their teaching, peer support through multiple online forums, and program evaluation during over the course of the entire programmatic year.

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"As a science teacher, it was very helpful for me to have exposure to methods to authentically integrate arts education and contemporary artists into my classroom setting. Now, I have a NUMBER of ideas about how to effectively integrate actual artists into the classroom in a manner that actually adds to the unit. I also have rethought how I approach interdisciplinary instruction. Before, I focused on the actual project of making the art. Now I realize that I was missing the most important aspect of the arts, namely teaching students the ways that artists think."
—Sara Fromboluti, Brooklyn, NY, 2013–2014 ART21 Educator

 

Alumni

Beyond the program year, ART21 educators have continued to work together and with ART21 through an alumni community network. Alumni continue to document and share their teaching practices with each other, make presentations in local schools, museums, and community forums, collaborate through curricular projects that connect students through digital media and distance exchange, and continue to innovate and expand their practices in connection with the art, ideas, and methods of contemporary artists.

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Program Fees

Accepted participants are charged a $475 registration fee to participate in the full year of the program. This fee includes participation in the Summer Institute, webinar forums and social networking applications presented throughout the year, as well as all ART21 materials.

Participants must also pay for travel and living costs affiliated with attending the Summer Institute in NYC. Accepted participants can request to stay in NYU Summer Housing, available at a subsidized rate. ART21 is unable to offer grants or scholarships to cover these Summer Institute expenses and we encourage applicants to look into funding opportunities provided by their communities, schools, or districts. In addition, a list of links to additional funding sources is available in the FAQs.

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"I feel like I'm armed with incredible confidence now, that I can help the students access their voice, and I think that I can bring more meaningful reflection and self expression to their experiences in my classes."
—Jenny Duke, Beacon, NY, 2009–2010 ART21 Educator

 

Academic Credit

Accepted educators are able to receive a total of 6 graduate credits from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design for participation in the full year of the program. Participants are responsible for paying the additional cost for the credits. Once accepted to the program, program participants will receive more information and a registration form.

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"I have attended so many professional development opportunities and it would be safe to say that this is the first one that made me feel special, important and a part of something that was bigger than just education."
—Tanya Manabat, Lawndale, CA, 2009–2010 ART21 Educator

 

ART21 Educators on the ART21 Magazine

YEAR 5

How Can Small Gestures Provoke Big Change? (December 31, 2014)
Jessica Hamlin asks four alumni of the ART21 Educators Program to share what they felt constituted as a small revolution in their classrooms as the result of teaching with contemporary art.

What does it mean to be a responsible global citizen? (October 15, 2014)
Jessica Hamlin interviews ART21 Educator Carl Anderson about a curriculum he developed on global citizenship using ART21 featured-artists.

Year Five of ART21 Educators: Rebecca Mir and Alyssa Greenberg (August 7, 2013)
In-depth profiles of our 2013-2014 ART21 Educators, telling you more about their interests and lives as teachers.

Year Five of ART21 Educators: Thomas Dareneau and Domenic Frunzi (July 24, 2013)
In-depth profiles of our 2013-2014 ART21 Educators, telling you more about their interests and lives as teachers.

Year Five of ART21 Educators: Ryan Schmidt and Erin Shafkind (July 10, 2013)
In-depth profiles of our 2013-2014 ART21 Educators, telling you more about their interests and lives as teachers.

Year Five of ART21 Educators: Renee Bareno and Sara Fromboluti (June 26, 2013)
In-depth profiles of our 2013-2014 ART21 Educators, telling you more about their interests and lives as teachers.

Year Five of ART21 Educators: Becca Belleville and Eric Pugh (June 12, 2013)
In-depth profiles of our 2013-2014 ART21 Educators, telling you more about their interests and lives as teachers.

Year Five of ART21 Educators: Lynn Grimes and Carol Barker (May 29, 2013) In-depth profiles of our 2013-2014 ART21 Educators, telling you more about their interests and lives as teachers.

Connecting Teachers and Artists: Year Five of ART21 Educators (May 13, 2013) A summary of the participants in the fifth year of the ART21 Educators program and links to each of the blog posts introducing them and their videos.

YEAR 4

Reflecting on the ART21 Educators Summer Institute (July 11, 2012)
A summary of the fourth ART21 Educators Summer Institute held in July 2012.

Year Four ART21 Educators Announced (April 18, 2012)
A summary of the participants in the fourth year of the ART21 Educators program.

YEAR 3

Talking with ART21 Educators Julia CopperSmith and Maureen Hergott (January 18, 2012)
Joe Fusaro interviews two elementary teachers teachers who participated in Year Three of the ART21 Educators program.

A Year of Contemporary Art in Contemporary Classrooms, Part 1 (June 11, 2012)
Jessica Hamlin, Program Director, kicks off this three-part series reflecting on a year in the life of the ART21 Educators program.

A Year of Contemporary Art In (and Out of) Contemporary Classrooms, Part 2 (June 27, 2012)
Fusaro looks back at a year of ART21 Educators from his perspective as Senior Education Advisor to ART21 and ART21 Educators Coach in the second of this three-part series.

A Year of Contemporary Art in Contemporary Classrooms, Part 3 (July 6, 2012)
In the third and final installment of this series Flossie Chua, ART21 Educators’ Interdisciplinary Consultant, reflects on her first year with the program.

Outside Alias (July 27, 2011)
During the final dinner Joe Fusaro captures participant reflections about our third ART21 Educators Summer Institute.

Looking Back on an Inspiring ART21 Educators Institute (July 20, 2011)
A summary of our third ART21 Educators Summer Institute held in July 2011.

ART21 Educators: Y3! (July 6, 2011)
A summary of the participants in the third year of the ART21 Educators program and links to each of the blog posts introducing them and their videos.

YEAR 2

The Wheels Are Rolling (July 21, 2010)
A summary of the second ART21 Educators Summer Institute held in July 2010.

Dear Oliver (July 14, 2010)
A love letter to Oliver Herring—for TASK and everything else he has contributed to ART21 Educators, and more broadly for the thinking he inspires about new ways of teaching and making art.

Shake It Up (July 7, 2010)
A summary of ART21 Educators—our goals, motivations, and evolution as a year-long program—as we head into our second year of the program.

YEAR 1

Feeding Our Own Fire (March 17, 2010)
In the spirit of ART21 Educators, Joe Fusaro talks about the importance of visiting colleagues and sharing our teaching practice with others.

Reflections on the ART21 Educators Institute (July 22, 2009)
A summary of the first ART21 Educators Summer Institute held in July 2009.

Contemporary Art in Contemporary Classrooms: ART21 Educators 2009 (July 15, 2009)
An announcement of our first year of the ART21 Educators program, as well as participating teachers.

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