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Young Audiences of Louisiana hosts an August Teaching Artist Institute and accompanying artist residency program at local elementary schools

Registration is now open for professional artists and schools interested in participating
Published: July 12, 2017

This summer, Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) will hold an institute and residency program, cultivating the next generation of highly-qualified teaching artists to support arts-integrated education in local elementary schools. After successfully completing an intensive two-day seminar conducted by arts integration and child development experts, each teaching artist will be placed in a classroom to conduct a five-day residency. Open to professional artists of all teaching experience levels, participants will learn strategies to employ their artistic talents in the instruction of core academic content alongside classroom teachers.

The dates and location for the institute is as follows:

● August 24th and 25th from 9:00am-4:00pm
● Healing Center: 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Registration for both artists and schools interested in participating is currently open through an application process at www.ya4la.org. Any elementary (K-8) school in Orleans and Jefferson parishes can apply for five-session, arts-integrated residencies with YALA-trained teaching artists in up to four classrooms. Residencies will take place during September and October at no charge to registered schools. Generously funded by a grant from a local arts foundation, the training institute is free for artists, who will receive a $250 stipend at the successful conclusion of their residencies.

Institute participants will learn:

Classroom Management
● Child Development
● Cultural Understanding
● Connecting Your Art Form to Academic Standards
● Tips for Collaboration
● Lesson Planning and Assessment

Working at YALA for many years, performance artist Briceshanay Gresham encourages artists to explore teaching: “I love my job. I love that I get to teach students to see the world and learn differently through the arts. It is important to me to make education interactive and fun, so I am always looking to learn fresh ways of presenting or collaborating. If we don’t take our growth as artists and educators seriously, we will have failed our current and future generations of leaders.”

To learn more about YALA’s Teaching Artist Institute visit: www.YA4LA.org. Questions about the program and registration can be directed to Jenny James, Director of Education and Programs, Young Audiences of Louisiana, 504.329.8503 or jenny@YA4LA.org.


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