Artswire, our monthly e-newletter, answers the question “What’s going on at Gateway?” Articles chronicle what we’re doing in the classroom and in the community. Offering the latest news and upcoming events in arts-in-education, it is of interest to educators, administrators, caregivers, parents and other stakeholders in the community. Read our current and archived stories here, and then sign-up to receive updates in your inbox!
Seeing Eye to Eye
When the teaching artists and K-6 educators exited Gateway to the Arts’ Seeing Eye to Eye in-service earlier this month, spirits were high. While the unseasonably warm day may have had something to do with the upbeat mood, it is evident from their reflections on the day that inspiration was playing its part too. Listed among the highlights, the word “collaboration” appeared again and again, along with frequent mentions of “energy” “synergy” and “great ideas.” Sandy Swyka, a sixth-grade Language Arts teacher at South Side Middle School in Hookstown, PA reported, “Seeing the wonderful possibilities from the five artists that will enter my classroom are becoming endless.”
The cohort of educators and artists are participating in the newest Gateway professional learning community program -- Arts to the Core. The goal of Arts to the Core is to prepare teaching artists and classroom teachers to develop and implement arts-integrated curriculum that will contribute to student learning in the arts and other core subjects, while addressing the incoming PA Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and/or Reading and Writing. The project includes an eight-month professional development series for 13 teaching artists – the Teaching Artist Learning Lab – and embedded professional development for educators through in-services and classroom residencies.
Quilting Inspires Dreams and New Skills
Like a skipping stone across a calm pond, a good story ripples and resonates. It addresses universal concerns, has triumphs over adversity and is comprised of interesting and compelling elements. And this story has all of that, but its protagonist is a quilt – specifically, a story quilt. Currently on display in the lobby of the Department of Human Services in downtown Pittsburgh, its colorful, yet coded, elements reflect not only the character and concerns of its creators, but also a legacy that extends across time.
Constructed over five weeks in late summer by youth ages 10-13 at the Lincoln Park Community Center, under the guidance of master fabric artist Tina Williams Brewer, the quilt was designed in the tradition of African American story quilts. The story quilt art form was initially created to conceal messages intended for slaves to aid in their escape from bonds of captivity prior to the American Civil War. The patterns, symbols and codes contained within and between each child’s square in this quilt address their collective concerns about changes in the environment and the world.
It's National Arts in Education Week!
September 9-15, 2012
In July 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring the week following the second Sunday of September as Arts in Education Week.
Here are three things you can do right now to celebrate National Arts in Education Week!
New Performance Artists for 2012-2013
Gateway is excited to welcome August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and Mike Why, a beatboxer, vocalist and live-looper to our roster of performance program artists. Their thoroughly modern and inventive takes on their art forms are refreshing, interactive and fun!
Hands-on Activities at the Festival
Gateway's Hands-on Activities at the Three Rivers Arts Festival
Art & Tapas @ Seviche, April 23, 2012
Thanks to all our contributors for the success of our event at Seviche on April 23rd. With their help, we raised over $6000 for our arts in education programs. Mark Kuhn, a visual arts teacher in Greene County won our raffle for a free Gateway program for the school of his choice - very appropriate!
View event photos on facebook or flickr.
A family performance: Resonance with Celeta Hickman
Presented by Gateway to the Arts and Hill House Association
in partnership with Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Saturday, May 19, 2012
@ Hill House Kaufmann Center, Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium
1825 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(next to Hill House Center)
Join Caribbean jazz ensemble Resonance and dancer / artist Celeta Hickman in a musical and cultural journey to the island of Trinidad, the birthplace of the steel drum! From traditional West African drumming to the rhythms of the Caribbean islands and the modern steel band, Resonance’s lively performance tells the story of the steel drum! The Hill District’s own Celeta Hickman enriches the experience by leading kids of all ages in an engaging samba line during the performance. Afterwards, join Sister Celeta to make and take your own shaker rhythm instrument!
$5/person, refreshments included. Tickets available here or at the door.
Preaching Beyond the Choir: Arts in Education in the National Spotlight
Pittsburgh, PA – April 2, 2012 For those of us who pound the drum for quality arts learning for ALL children in western Pennsylvania, it often feels like our message is merely preaching to the choir or simply falling on deaf ears. But last month the United States Congress lent their powerful voices to our cause by issuing resolutions in the Senate (S. Res.1418) and the House (H. Res. 574) designating the week beginning March 12, 2012 as "National Young Audiences Week."
As a proud affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, the nation’s first and largest arts-in-education network, Gateway to the Arts is hosted several events to highlight the contributions we are making in schools throughout western Pennsylvania and encourage all Americans to recognize the importance of the arts to society and learning.
National Recognition for One of Our Own!
Gateway to the Arts’ Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Christina Farrell will soon join the national roster of The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts as a Master Teaching Artist! Earlier this month, Gateway teaching artist Christina auditioned for inclusion on the national roster and by all accounts it went exceeding well.
Presenting her workshop Looking for Musical Clues at the Center for Education at Wolf Trap headquarters in Vienna, Virginia, Christina engaged a panel of experts in her workshop experience. The evaluators—three professional development staff with the Wolf Trap Institute along with two professionals from the Fairfax County Office for Children—joined in playing instruments, singing songs and dancing, before exchanging ideas and adding specific suggestions for highlighting the key elements of the workshop including how to adapt it for large groups. Currently in the final process of updating her workshop lesson plan, Christina Farrell will soon be officially added to the national roster!
Christina Farrell with students at Nicely Elementary.