Start With The Arts: deadline extended!

A few openings are still available for the fall session of Start With The Arts. Deadline extended! Please complete and submit your application by October 1.

You can download the application here: Home Provider application (.docx) and return it to peggy@vsavt.org

For more information about Start With The Arts, see the Start With The Arts page – which includes information on our newest program, Family & Community Engagement program. The Family & Community Engagement program is full, and the application period has closed.

Start with the Arts Family & Community Engagement Program open for applications

Openings are available for the fall session of Start With The Arts and our newest program Family & Community Engagement!

VSA Vermont is now accepting applications for the Fall session of our Start with the Arts program, for home-based registered child care providers AND for our NEW Family & Community Engagement Program, a program designed for registered providers who have already completed our Start with the Arts Program. Both programs are scheduled to begin in October, with a limited number of openings in each program . To be considered providers must submit an application by September 16, 2016. The applications are available online: Home Provider application (.docx)Community and Family Engagement application (.docx)

And a little more about our newest program….

VSA Vermont’s Start with the Arts Family & Community Engagement Program

is designed for home based childcare providers who have completed our Start with the Arts Program.

We’re so proud of Start With The Arts childcare providers, Erica Brooks, Erin McKechnie, Nancy Munn, and Linda Sweeney, and Start With The Arts teaching-artists, Cheryl Wells and Lisa Condino, who used skills learned in Facilitative Leadership training and from their participation in Start With The Arts to help us design a new professional development opportunity for childcare providers. Along with VSA Vermont’s Director of Children’s Programming, Peggy Rainville, and VSA Vermont’s Executive Director, Judy Chalmer, the team has created a professional development model intended for childcare providers who have graduated from Start With The Arts in engaging families in arts-based literacy activities and connecting with their local libraries. After a trial run with childcare providers Lynn Roberts, Alicia Watts and Melissa Benjamin, VSA Vermont is ready to bring this program to more providers throughout the state. As some of the participating childcare providers said,

“I’m closer to my families. The trust is on a different level. I moved out of my comfort zone and I’m problem solving with parents… I think I can tackle almost anything. Hand me something. With a little support I can do it.”

Many thanks to the A.D. Henderson Foundation for supporting the development of this new project to increase family-child engagement in arts-based literacy.

For more information about Start With The Arts and the Family & Community Engagement Program, or with questions about the application process, contact Peggy Rainville, Director of Children’s Programming, at (802) 871-5418 or peggy@vsavt.org

Arts to Smarts: Professional Development for Teaching Artists

Are you a teaching artist who believes art can and does change lives? Do you want to teach students who have dynamic creativity and expression? Would you like to connect with other teaching artists who care about engaging students with emotional and behavioral challenges? VSA Vermont’s Arts to Smarts project is looking for teaching artists who want to be part of this leading edge conversation and practice.

Three wooden boxes are filled in with various shapes made of brightly colored sculpey clay.  The shapes might represent little imaginary creatures or imaginative landscapes. The row of boxes has many different tiny objects in each.

Three wooden boxes are filled in with various shapes made of brightly colored sculpey clay.  The shapes might represent little imaginary creatures or imaginative landscapes. The row of boxes has many different tiny objects in each.

The Arts to Smarts Professional Development Pilot training is designed to provide both information and direct experience engaging students with severe emotional and behavioral challenges through the arts. Taught by VSA Vermont Teaching Artist, Lisa M. Condino in partnership with Sandra Limoge and other faculty from Baird School, the course will begin with 3 day-long in person intensives, arts-based activities, guest speakers, assigned readings and webinars, on-line and in person reflection followed by collaborative planning sessions and a practicum at Baird School (Howard Center) in Burlington. The course will wrap up with a final in-person meeting.

There are several ways you can connect with VSA Vermont’s Arts to Smarts Project as it continues to develop.

  1. Add your name to the Arts to Smarts e-mail list by emailing Heidi
  2. Attend a gathering of interested teaching artists; sign up by emailing Heidi
  3. Apply for the 2016 Arts to Smart training: download an application (.docx). Applications are due by 4pm on August 1, 2016.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Heidi Swevens at 802.238.5170 or heidi@vsavt.org.

Pilot Training Overview

The Arts to Smarts Professional Development Pilot training is designed to provide both information and direct experience engaging students with severe emotional and behavioral challenges through the arts. Taught by VSA Vermont Teaching Artist, Lisa M. Condino (scroll down or click for Lisa’s bio) in partnership with Sandra Limoge and other faculty from Baird School, the course will begin with 3 day-long in person intensives, arts-based activities, guest speakers, assigned readings and webinars, on-line and in person reflection followed by collaborative planning sessions and a practicum at Baird School (Howard Center) in Burlington. The course will wrap up with a final in-person meeting.

Teaching artists who are accepted for the pilot course will each receive a $700 stipend. Teaching artists can choose to use part of their stipend for tuition and receive 3 graduate level credits from St. Michael’s College, contingent upon successful completion of the pilot training course.

 

boy in a mask

A young boy in a t-shirt and jeans wears a handmade mask which is a shiny foil disk and a long elephant-like nose, covered in bright green folded squares that cover the disk like scales or armor.

Schedule

*Intensives and practicum will be held at Baird School (Howard Center), 1138 Pine Street, Burlington VT 05401

Saturday, September 10

9:30-12:30, break for lunch, 1:30-4:30

  • Philosophy & Intention
  • Collaboration & Facilitation
  • Intro to Universal Design for Learning
  • Identifying trauma

 

Saturday, September 24

9:30-12:30, break for lunch, 1:30-4:30

  • Arts Integration and Universal Design for Learning
  • Materials and modalities
  • De-escalation and conflict resolution

 

Saturday, October 8

9:30-12:30, break for lunch, 1:30-4:30

  • Unconditional positive regard
  • Uses of space & Building community through art
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Social skills, social thinking

 

October:  Collaborative planning sessions with Baird School teachers

November:  Teaching Artist Practicums at the Baird School

 

Saturday, December 10

9:30-2:00, includes lunch with group

  • Assessment and growth
  • Sharing of lessons and practicum

 

Lisa Condino: a woman with a freckled face framed by loosely curling brown hair and a red scarf smiles in a beam of sunlight

Lisa Condino: a woman with a freckled face framed by loosely curling brown hair and a red scarf smiles in a beam of sunlight

Lead Instructor Lisa M. Condino, BFA

Lisa Condino has twenty years of experience as a teaching artist designing and implementing programs in a variety of settings-including therapeutic- engaging students from birth to 5 through adulthood. In addition to her Fine Arts degree, she holds a certificate of Art Therapy from Northwestern University and is a trained Open Studio Project Facilitator. Lisa has been a teaching artist for VSA Vermont since 2011. During the Fall of 2013, she was juried and selected to partake in Arts Connect, a graduate course through a VSA Vermont partnership with Saint Michael’s College and several other arts organizations, on merging the Universal Design for Learning with Arts Integration. Through a partnership between VSA Vermont and Baird School (Howard Center), she has been an artist in residency collaborating with Baird teachers to integrate art into the curriculum for grades K-8 since January of 2014. In addition to her work with VSA Vermont she facilitates workshops on professional development and mentoring, including as a mentor for MiddCORE at Middlebury College, designing and facilitating workshops that develop visual thinking strategies, ideation and creativity, since 2012.

Inclusive Drumming Instructor Training on June 26 – Apply today!

Are you interested in sharing your love of percussion with diverse groups of people?  Do you want to learn and practice techniques for teaching inclusive drumming programs for people with and without disabilities?

Peter Kriff, wearing a BOOM VT t-shirt and white gloves, plays the symbols at the 2015 BOOM VT Drum Festival. In the background, you can see books and a large tropical plant.

Peter Kriff, wearing a BOOM VT t-shirt and white gloves, plays the cymbals at the 2015 BOOM VT Drum Festival. In the background, you can see books and a large tropical plant.

VSA Vermont, with support from NobleCause, is offering a free training for professional and amateur drummers on Sunday, June 26 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Elley-Long Music Center, 223 Ethan Allen Ave, Colchester. Lunch will be provided. We are looking for 8 drummers from across Vermont who want to learn an inclusive framework for drumming instruction followed by hands on opportunities to practice the new skills they have learned.

Steve Ferraris, founder of Root Drumming Systems and experienced VSA teaching artist, will provide instruction from his evidence-based “Drumming for Success” program presenting skills, techniques, and methods in an experiential learning environment.

Applications are still open! Limited spots available, registrants will be placed on the wait list after the two remaining slots are filled.   Download the training application (.DOCX).

For more information, contact Heidi Swevens 802.238.5170 or heidi@vsavt.org.

 

“I volunteer for VSA Vermont because I am very supportive of the idea that Art is good for the soul. People with disabilities spend a great deal of their time figuring out how they are going to get from place to place or how to maintain a job. Much of the energy and resources of disability advocacy is consumed for this purpose but advocates everywhere also need to recognize that there are social determinants of health too. Activities that foster and bring art to the whole community, including adults and children with disabilities, are critical for an overall sense of well being for individuals, and lift the spirit of the whole community.”

Peter Kriff, BOOM VT Volunteer

The logo for NobleCause features the word “noble” in blue lower case letters with the “o” having a gold crown on top and inside the “o” an hour hand. The word “cause” is in upper case letters in green with the “A” with a heart inside.

The logo for NobleCause features the word “noble” in blue lower case letters with the “o” having a gold crown on top and inside the “o” an hour hand. The word cause” is in upper case letters in green with the “A” with a heart inside.

50 States for Good Nomination

We want to thank everyone who took the time to tweet in a nomination for VSA VT for the seventh annual 50 States for Good grant program, sponsored by Tom’s of Maine.  We should hear something by this fall.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that VSA VT is selected to receive $20,000.   Think how many additional programs and services we could offer to people with disabilities in Vermont!