Annual Arts-in-Education Workshop Innovation, Inquiry, and Imagination: Arts Education in Our Schools Eric Booth, Keynote Speaker

Feb 27th, 2012Press Release from Lehigh Valley Arts Council
For Immediate Release
February 27, 2012
Lehigh Valley Arts Council
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201
Allentown, PA 18101
Tel: 610-437-5915

Annual Arts-in-Education Workshop
Innovation, Inquiry, and Imagination:
Arts Education in Our Schools
Eric Booth, Keynote Speaker

Allentown, PA – Current research and press attention focus on the need for project-based learning, a collaborative approach that is fostered by arts integration in our schools and valued in the workplace. Newsweek’s 2010 creativity study reports that when students use the process of Fact-finding, Problem-finding, and Solution-finding, they generate original, practical ideas and meet curriculum goals.

While financial constraints have cut many arts programs, test scores in art-centered schools are on the rise. Eric Booth, internationally known researcher, author, and teaching artist will discuss these these issues in his keynote remarks at the Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s annual Growing Up Artfully event, to be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00pm at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

The forum will address these challenges and honor regional successes with the Linny Fowler Growing Up Artfully Awards to k-12 programs that bring quality arts experiences to our students and community. Mr. Booth will lead a round table discussion with teaching artists, whose role is highlighted in the 2011 White House report, Reinvesting in Arts Education.

Guest speakers Traci Buckner, (Instructional Leader) and Julienne Hogarth (Visual Arts Coach) of Akron’s National Inventors Hall of Fame School will present best practices in creative, project-based learning and their positive impact on students’ test scores and attendance.This method is supported by the research of creativity theorist Donald Treffinger, president of the Center for Creative Learning in Sarasota. Florida. In one example, small teams of students collaborated to reduce the sound level in the school library. They explored aesthetics, acoustics, materials science, persuasive writing, and public speaking while developing social skills and meeting curriculum standards. The School’s strategies for community partnerships will be discussed. A panel discussion will follow.

2:00 – 3:00pm Round Table Discussion with Teaching Artists
Led by Eric Booth: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator
What is the role of the teaching artist in today’s schools and community settings?
How can teaching artists prepare and conduct successful programs?
Eric Booth is the author of The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible.

3:15pm – Registration and Networking
4:00pm – Presentations by Traci Buckner and Julienne Hogarth
Innovation, Inquiry, Inspiration, Integrity, and Imagination:
Teaching Creativity at the National Inventors Hall of Fame School

Traci Buckner is the Instructional Leader (principal) of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (Middle) School Center for STEM Learning in Akron, Ohio, cited for best practices in Newsweek’s 2010 report on creativity. She will discuss the community partnerships that support and encourage the School’s core values: Innovation, Inquiry, Inspiration, Integrity, and Imagination.

Julienne Hogarth is the Visual Arts Learning Coach (specialist) at NIHFS. She will present the successful arts integration strategies that are employed across the School’s curriculum.

5:00- 5:55pm – Panel Discussion: Putting Theory into Practice
A conversation about supporting and implementing arts curriculum with Eric Booth, Traci Buckner, and Julienne Hogarth.

6:00-8:00pm – Reception for workshop attendees and Arts Council members celebrating excellence in arts-in-education
6:30-7:15pm – Keynote Address by Eric Booth: Art is a Verb: The Everyday Work of Art

7:15pm – The Linny Fowler Growing Up Artfully Awards for Excellence in Arts Education – Awards Presentation

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Arts-in-Education Workshop 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Penn State Lehigh Valley
2809 Saucon Valley Road. Center Valley, PA
(Across from the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley)
Lehigh Valley Arts Council Members: $25; Nonmembers: $45
Refreshments provided.

Tickets available online at


Contact Arts-In-Education Coordinator, Claire Marcus at gro.licnuoCstrAVLnull@sucramc.


About the Lehigh Valley Arts Council
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) is a nonprofit, membership-supported organization that serves as a regional advocate and ambassador for the Lehigh Valley arts community. Its mission is to promote the arts; to encourage and support artists and their development; to assist arts organizations; and to facilitate communication and cooperation among artists, arts groups and the community. Through collaborative partnerships, it continues to support the local arts community through education, research, professional development seminars and cooperative marketing initiatives.


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