The 2020 Academy supports artists who seek to lead complex community change through creative projects.
The Academy provides demonstrations, exploratory workshops, hands-on experimentation and individual coaching from leading experts in the field—including Academy Director Eric Booth, who is widely described as the father of the teaching artist profession.
The goal of this year’s Academy is to advance our understandings of the ways teaching artists can design and lead complex social change projects, and to apply that knowledge to projects underway or envisioned.
Teaching artists are encouraged to bring a school- or community-focused project concept to further develop at the Academy.
Participants may bring their own projects, in any phase of development, or choose to customize a project from the Project Templates designed recently by a think tank of Vermont educators and teaching artists.
How do you design a project for powerful engagement that aligns with the needs and aspirations of partners, addresses relevant challenges, taps the innate competence of participants, and is irresistibly engaging?
That question is at the heart of our work at this year's Academy.
REGISTRATION DUE Oct 19
(All sessions will be remote, via Zoom)
To mitigate the challenges of online work, the sessions will be broken up with breaks, full group work, and asynchronous work individually and in small groups.
OCT 23, 5:00-6:30 pm / Oct 24-25, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The first weekend will explore four key areas of successful social-change projects:
Core capabilities: What are the five foundational capabilities that teaching artists need to successfully lead social-change projects?
Facilitation: Being a great facilitator and adapting those skills for working with schools and communities during the pandemic.
Partnerships: Identifying and engaging the best partners that can strengthen your project's impact and build participation and support.
Funding & Accountability: Building your case statement; identifying funders; making the ask; tracking impact.
NOV 7-8, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The second weekend we put those skills into action to support building-out your project ideas.
What are your aspirations?: thinking big and bold; scaling to realities.
From concept to action: framing the key components explored the first weekend into a plan; what, when and how.
Developing and presenting your pitch: finding the essence of your project that sparks excitement, broad engagement and support.
There will be additional individual work required outside of the Academy times.