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    Education

    Meet the Teaching Artist - Dani Patrick

    Posted Monday December 04 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Dani Patrick - self portrait

    I am a visual artist, dancer and educator.  As a Teaching Artist, I use interactive community building activities, structured self-reflection and thematic exploration to create spaces for learners to explore and express who they are, connect with each other, and build socio-emotional skills.  After studying art, dance, and gender studies at Wesleyan University, I worked at REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, where I engaged young people in conversations about dating violence and supported them in building socio-emotional skills necessary for healthy relationships.

    My work as an art educator centers around creating spaces for people of all ages to connect, learn, and grow through art.  I believe that everyone deserves to be heard and seen for who they are.  Art has the capacity to help us access and share the parts of ourselves we might not otherwise and therefore connect on a deeper level.  As an artist, I utilize various media including painting, drawing and collage to explore trans identity and the interplay of nature and the internal emotional environment.  I also bring interactive arts and movement based workshops to youth programs and other organizations across the Boston area (including Somerville Arts at the Armory and The Democracy Center) through my freelance art education business, Building Connection through Creative Exploration.

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    Experienced Teaching Artists Wanted

    Posted Monday November 13 2017 at 5:41 pm

    We're Hiring!

    VSA MA COOL Schools seeks experienced teaching artists to create arts-integrated programs for for two of our high school programs and one early childhood program during the Winter/Spring semester of the 2017-2018 school year.  The opportunities are as follows:

    Henderson Inclusion School (Dorchester) - In this semester-long residency (January-June), the music teaching artist will work daily with students from grades K0-5th and 9th-12.  This position works closely with the school's drama and dance specialist for school assemblies and cultural programming.  Music educators with strong collaboration skills with school faculty and staff and demonstrated success across grades levels, and at least two years experience teaching in public schools are preferred.  One position available for the spring term.

    Boston Green Academy (Brighton) - In a 6-week session, the teaching artist will work with juniors in one ELA and one Humanities inclusion classroom twice a week to integrate their artistic expertise into the curriculum.  Visual arts educators with some multidisciplinary arts skills, as well as at least two years experience in public high schools preferred.  One position for the spring term.

    Condon Elementary School (South Boston) - VSA MA is seeking a drama teaching artist to create an arts-integrated program in grades K0-K2.  Over the course of 12 weeks, the teaching artist will work with the classroom teachers to explore storytelling and self-expression to enhance and reinforce curriculum.  Teaching artists with a minimum of two years experience teaching early childhood in a public school setting preferred.  Two positions for the spring term (possible for one person to teach both).

    COOL Schools participants represent a diverse swath of the BPS population and we seek candidates who identify with the racial, ethnic, gender, ability, and class diversity of the students we serve.  Teaching Artists are term employees and receive competitive rates, including paid training and planning.

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    COOL Schools 2016-2017 Report Now Available!

    Posted Monday October 23 2017 at 5:39 pm

    COOL Schools Report Cover 2016/2017

    Hot off the press, a new COOL report.

    We are excited to share our latest COOL Report for the 2016-2017.  Download the PDF now to learn about our programming highlights in schools and with educators across Massachusetts.  Our teaching artists, students, school collaborators created beautiful work together -- inclusive arts integration is having an impact and we want to share that with you.  We promise it will be a COOL read!

    Click the above image or this link to download, print, read the full report.