The Power of ArtConnect & Reflect:Scaling Arts Practices for Students with Learning Differences to Learning for All
April 24th - 26th, 2014
Washington, DC Overview
The product of a 20-year partnership between The Lab School of Washington, DC and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Power of Art is a highly participatory conference of diverse educators, teaching artists, and leaders committed to arts-infused experiences for students with learning differences (LD). This year, The Power of Art is expanding its focus to bring best practices from the LD-field to enhancing creativity and collaboration in K-12 learning more broadly. During the conference participants will get direct, hands-on experience with a variety of learning strategies, opportunities for peer coaching and knowledge exchange, as well as discussions with field leaders in the areas of arts learning, special education, and community arts. Participants are encouraged to share their own strategies as well as synthesize and adapt ideas, resources, and activities gained from the conference for implementation in their own classrooms, studios, and communities.About this year’s theme: Connect & Reflect
On the heels of its 20th anniversary, The Power of Art is gathering educators and teachers together to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that come with implementing an arts-infused practice—from advocating for its existence to innovating methods. Historically, this conference has placed a special emphasis on working with students with learning differences. We continue to bring that particular lens to the conversation thanks to the deep expertise of The Lab School, while recognizing that an arts-infused education has universal benefits for all students. Building on that, The Power of Art invites educators of all stripes to reflect on both the obstacles and possibilities of applying an arts-infused pedagogy to the current educational landscape, while connecting with each other to form a lasting learning community.
In collaboration with The Lab School and the Kreeger Museum, the 2014 program features guest speakers, big picture conversations, hands on workshops and peer presentations, observations of best practices, and art making. Who Should Attend
We seek a broad range of actively engaged teaching artists, educators, administrators and cultural partners, who are working:
in out-of-school spaces; and
with K-12 students, including students with learning differences.
The conference is designed to generate lively exchanges, knowledge sharing, and peer learning, so applicants should be prepared to be active contributors to the days’ events and discussions. Teachers and educators working in all art forms (e.g., music, theater, visual arts, multi-disciplinary, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Applicants who want to attend with a colleague or partner are welcome to apply as a team. Travel and Logistics
Forty participants will be selected for the conference through a competitive application process and are due via email by March 8, 2014. Selected attendees will be notified by Friday, March 14th.
The Power of Art is pleased to arrange round-trip travel for any participant who cannot attend without support. We encourage those who can afford to make their own travel arrangements to do so through their organization, school, or institution. Additionally, room accommodations at The Melrose Georgetown Hotel will be covered from check-in on Thursday, April 24th through checkout on Saturday, April 26th, 2014. Questions?
Please email Jeffery.Herrity@labschool.org
About the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation: www.rauschenbergfoundation.orgEligibility Criteria
Applicants must teach art to K-12 grade-level students in settings such as a public or private school, a museum, or community-based organization in which some or all of the students have learning differences (i.e., ADHD and Dyslexia).
Participants must be based in the U.S.
Previous Power of Art participants are not eligible to apply.
Applicants who want to attend with a colleague or partner are welcome and encouraged to apply as a team.Application:
Along with The Power of Art cover page
, please submit:
A sample lesson plan or arts activity write-up (outline included in the application document)
Up to 10 photos or examples of student work with short descriptions (see details in application form). Feel free to submit presentations (Powerpoint, Google, Prezi, Keynote, etc), videos (non-password protected video site like YouTube or Vimeo), performances, etc.
A current copy of your resume and bio
A photo of you with your students (optional, not used for selection process) Submission Instructions:
Please create either a zip file or PDF document with all attachments and embedded links. Name the file “LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_POA2014.zip” (e.g.JEFFERY_HERRITY_POA2014.ZIP)
All completed application materials must be EMAILED to POA@labschool.org
by 5pm EST Friday, March 8, 2014. If necessary, application hardcopies and supporting documentation may be submitted via regular mail but must be postmarked by March 3, 2014, to this address:
The Power or Art
Attn: Jeffery Herrity
The Lab School of Washington
4759 Reservoir Road, NW,
Washington DC, 20007