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NJ PTA Arts in Education Chairman
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 1997 8:06 AM
To: Geri Iannaconi
Subject: ATI publicity (entire) -- 1st of two so far
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 10, 1997
CONTACT: Adam McGovern (800) 2-ARTS-99/(201) 748-1188
New Curriculum Standards Come to Life
at 22nd Annual Artist/Teacher Institute
The 22nd annual Artist/Teacher Institute (ATI) will take place at Rowan
University in Glassboro, NJ, from July 23-30, 1997. ATI is co-sponsored by the
New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) and the Alliance for Arts
Education/New Jersey (AAE/NJ). This week-long residency promises both personal
creative growth, and the honing of skills for applying the state's Core
Curriculum Content Standards, which include the arts among those subjects
which every New Jersey child must learn.
ATI is open to all educators, artists, school administrators and student
teachers, as well as anyone else interested in broadening their art skills or
making the arts part of New Jersey's schools. ATI offers a unique environment
where participants work with master artists in many disciplines, including
dance, computer arts and animation, poetry, theatre, painting, drawing,
bookmaking and music. For an intensive but free-ranging seven days,
participants immerse themselves in the creative process, with opportunities to
pursue one discipline in depth, and to explore its connection to others.
Classes focus on personal expression, and the learning environment encourages
collaboration. ATI advances artistic and teaching skills, and helps equip
citizens to take part in the processes shaping education reform both statewide
and nationally. Sessions will be offered on implementing the state Standards;
using high technology in arts education; and advancing partnerships between
educators, parents, and other community resources. Special evening workshops
will explore creativity through architecture and storytelling.
"ATI has always been a place where the finest artists come together with the
most dedicated teachers from across the state," said Barbara Russo, NJSCA's
Executive Director. "We are proud to again co-sponsor it at a time of renewed
vitality for arts education in New Jersey. Last year ATI helped introduce
artists and educators to the state's newly-adopted arts Standards. This year,
all of ATI's workshops will incorporate creative strategies for applying those
standards in the classroom."
"The arts are an essential," added Judith Ann Sarris Conk, AAE/NJ's President
and a recipient of New Jersey's School Superintendent Distinguished Service
honor. "They impart the skills of teamwork and critical thinking needed for
the 21st century workplace. They also help engage students in learning all
other subjects. ATI will help prepare participants to be part of the education
reform that parents and other citizens have demanded."
This year, ATI will also offer a special one-day symposium, titled "Arts for
Early Learning," on how to integrate the arts into guiding early child
development. The symposium is sponsored by The Prudential Foundation, and
presented in cooperation with Young Audiences of New Jersey; Newark's Babyland
Family Services, Inc.; The New Jersey Performing Arts Center; and The Wolf
Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. "Throughout its history,
ATI has met the most pressing educational challenges," remarked Young
Audiences' Executive Director and AAE/NJ Past President Kristin Golden. "We
are happy that it will provide a venue for this important gathering of
educators, administrators, artists and parents to address the latest
discoveries about a child's crucial first years."
The co-sponsors assure that ATI will revitalize teachers with new ideas for
the classroom, and inspire those from different backgrounds with an enhanced
first-hand knowledge of arts-education's value and uses.
AAE/NJ encourages anyone wishing to participate in ATI to call 1-800-2-ARTS-99
for further information.
Members of the media: To arrange for an interview with any of the organizers,
please also call 1-800-2-ARTS-99.
The Artist/Teacher Institute (ATI) is co-sponsored by the New Jersey State
Council on the Arts/Department of State (a partner agency with the National
Endowment for the Arts), and the Alliance for Arts Education/New Jersey. ATI
is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. AAE/NJ is a
statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting arts education in New
Jersey. AAE/NJ is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education