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    Meet the Program Fellow - Lindsay Tanner

    Posted Sunday October 14 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Lindsay Tanner - Program Fellow

    What are your favorite pastimes?
          "Being in nature - hiking, camping, and swimming in any body of water I find.  I also love traveling and have been lucky enough to get to travel a lot for gigs!  And taking advantage of all the arts offerings in NYC, where I've been based."

    If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
          "I love Winnie the Pooh.  It'd be great to live in the forest with all my friends (and eating lots of honey wouldn't be too bad either)."

    You are trapped on an island.  What three items do you want to have with you?
          "A copy of Shakespeare's Complete Works, scuba gear, and my trusty, indestructible two-person tent."

    Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
          "Pigeons are my favorite animal!  They’re not rats with wings, they're rock doves.  Don't judge - Charles Darwin and Nikola Tesla loved them too..."
          "Doing lots of outdoor summer theatre has honed my ability to perform while being swarmed by bugs.  The worst is when you're lying dead onstage and they’re biting your face and you can't do anything about it... "

    What brings you to VSA?
          "I'm currently a master's candidate in the Arts in Education program at HGSE, and I met Mia last spring at Lincoln Center's symposium on arts & autism!  I've been working as a theatre artist and educator for the past ten years, most recently building an arts program for a therapeutic school in Manhattan, and I believe the arts are a crucial tool for creating a more just and equitable society.  I'm excited to work with and learn from the VSA team and develop my capacity to be of service as an artist-educator."

    What are you doing during your fellowship?
          "I'll be working with Mia on the management and operations side of COOL Schools, tracking data and managing family communication, designing programs and community events, and working on professional development for teachers.  I can't wait to dive in!"



    Meet the Program Fellow - Lauren Shron

    Posted Wednesday October 10 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Lauren Shron - Program Fellow

    Hello, I'm Lauren!  I'm originally from Sudbury, MA and recently graduated in May from Syracuse University.  (And here's me in Sydney, Australia where I studied abroad for 4 months!)  This year, I'm in the Language and Literacy program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the Ed.M. 2019 class.

    What are your favorite pastimes?
          "Dancing!  I love, love, love to dance and I teach classes in my free time.  I also enjoy making homemade popcorn and watching the Patriots! :)"

    If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
          "Wanda from The Fairly OddParents - she is funny, she can fly and has amazing pink hair!"

    You are trapped on an island.  What three items do you want to have with you?
          "1. Pizza (YUM!)  2. Hammock (To relax and watch the waves)  3. My brother's dog named Milo (Buddy to play fetch and swim with)"

    Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
          "I can sing all of the states in alphabetical order, I sew blankets for family and friends, and I can make origami sail boats."

    What brings you to VSA?
          "VSA combines the two things I am most passionate about: inclusive education and the arts.  For the past four years, I studied Inclusive Elementary and Special Education and I have been a dancer and performer since elementary school.  I want to support educators to make their classrooms and practices inclusive for students of all abilities.  I believe that everyone who engages in inclusive education will benefit from it."

    What are you doing during your fellowship?
          "As a program fellow, my primary focus will be with the COOL Schools program.  I will help maintain communication within teaching teams as well as assist with data collection and social media."



    Teaching Artist Takeaways: Laura Evonne Steinman Mindfulness Training at the SHED Children's Campus

    Posted Saturday May 19 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Mindfulness

    It was Wednesday, April 11th 2018 and I bundled all up with my winter clothes on (yes in April!) and headed to a 2 hour Mindfulness Training.  I was cold, it was dark, at night and my thoughts were racing with all the items on my to do list for prepping for my next art sessions AND everything else in life, right!?!

    At first, I didn't know if I was in the right location, it was quiet and the lights were off . . . but then I realized that I was in the right place for my whole being!

    As I entered the space, I saw yoga mats were laid out in a circle with blankets on them.  Floor lights lit the space, battery candles were going, and the smell of essential oils from a humidifier filled the air.  A sense of intentional space and calm filled the area.

    At the center of the circle of yoga mats was a spring collection of items like twigs, pine cones, flowers, etc.  Linda shared that by creating a warm and welcoming space, this welcomes in our whole being, and encourages us to already be present without consciously knowing this.

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