By DiAndrea Hayes
PAA’s teaching artists became students for a week in September at the First Annual Artist-Educator Training Program at Progressive Arts Alliance. Arnold Aprill, who is the founder and creative director of the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, or CAPE, facilitated the week-long training along with Ashley Winston, who is a teaching artist with CAPE.
CAPE, which was founded in 1992, is an organization that focuses on improving schools by infusing the arts into the curriculum. CAPE has worked on improving classrooms locally and internationally to places as far away as Sao Paulo, Brazil and Melbourne, Australia.
At Left: Arnold Aprill describes possible documentation techniques.
The room was filled with a diverse group of artists that reflected PAA’s commitment to a wide variety of art forms and media. Artists in the group ranged from a turntablist to web designers and a print maker. Despite their diverse backgrounds, the goal for every artist was the same: to learn new and effective ways to improve their teaching and the learning process for their students through understanding the principles of effective arts integration practices. Continue reading