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    January 2017 Archive

    Employee of the Quarter - Teaching Artist Andy Holiner

    Posted Monday January 30 2017 at 10:28 pm in Education

    Andy Holiner

    The minute Andy walks in through the door and begins strumming his guitar, students' faces light up and smiles abound.  Everyone shares in Andy's enthusiasm, wanting you to join in and make music with him.  He cares passionately about each and every student he works with and takes the time to let them know.  Andy has been a teaching artist with VSA MA for over 20 years.  He leads the Creative Kids Program at the Boston College Campus School, where he brings music to students with significant disabilities and medical needs.  For the past two years, Andy has also taught songwriting and drumming to young students in a Department of Mental Health program, enabling them to write songs that help them express feeling and thoughts in a safe way.  Andy teaches with contagious gusto, care, and commitment—excitement that inspires those who are fortunate to work with him.  He has contributed immensely to the COOL Schools family of teaching artists, sharing valuable resources, ideas, and creativity.

    Meet the Teaching Artist - Kyle Browne

    Posted Sunday January 29 2017 at 8:44 pm in Education

    Kyle Browne

    I am a visual artist and educator.  As a teaching artist I use hands-on visual inquiry, imagination, collaboration and critiquing as a way to engage students more deeply in content, creativity and self-reflection.  I believe that by engaging in visual arts processes, ranging from drawing to sculpture and animation, learners can develop critical life skills as well as joy in the learning experience.  I am especially interested in the intersection of two (or more) disciplines to ignite creativity.  My experience with this practice includes working across disciplines, specifically in art, science, technology and nature in museums, at universities, in public school and out-of-school time programs for the past 10 years.  Currently, I also direct the Cambridge Creativity Commons, a program that serves youth and teachers in Cambridge to enrich learning through the arts.

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    Access 101 for Walking Events - Presented by Cultural Access New England

    Posted Thursday January 19 2017 at 06:24 am in Cultural Inclusion

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    Looking to develop street experiences that are better for everybody?  This workshop will cover the basics for pedestrian-based tours and events; effective communication, intentional planning for a variety of participants, and some practical tools for ensuring hospitable inclusion of visitors with disabilities.

    January 25, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:15pm
    Boston Society of Architects
    290 Congress St.
    Boston MA
    Free admission!
    Presented by Cultural Access New England

    Upcoming Deadlines for VSA Events

    Posted Monday January 02 2017 at 2:13 pm in News

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    January 15, 2017: Submission deadline for 2017 VSA Intersections call for sessions proposals

    January 16, 2017: Submission deadline for the LEAD 2017 call for proposals

    February 1, 2017: Application deadline for the Jean Kennedy Smith VSA Playwright Discovery Award

    February 8, 2017: Application deadline for the VSA International Young Soloists Award