SchoolArts Magazine

October 2017

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30 OCTOBER 2017 SchoolArts F O C U S I N PAGE SPONSORED BY: CONTINUED ON PAGE 52. A rt21 is a highly celebrated nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring a more creative world through the works and words of contempo - rary artists. It creates free online educational resources such as teacher guides and artist videos, and offers a professional develop - ment program, Art21 Educators. The Art21 Educators program is an intensive, yearlong commit - ment to exploring new ideas in the classroom. It also means connecting with a dynamic professional learn - ing community on a wider scale than most of us can find within our own communities. Its focus is on K–12 educators of any subject who have desires to investigate contemporary artists, themes, and approaches. The Summer Institute In 2011, I participated in the third year of the Art21 Educators pro- gram to find additional venues of expression for my students and to further embrace my pursuit of con- temporary ideas in my classroom. The program kicked off with a six-day summer institute in New York. Our first introduction to each other and the program was by engaging in contemporary art - ist Oliver Herring's TASK Party and then unpacking the experience afterwards. It was a great intro to contemporary practice, Art21, and an exploration of possibilities for the classroom. Herring's TASK embraced the heart of what Art21 is all about: art produced by artists of the twenty-first century working in contemporary approaches that reflect society and current events. The summer institute was a The Art21 Educators Program James Rees Art21 provides a wonderful catal st for teachers and students to explore questions to topics that have a wide range of answers.

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