Can the arts education sector be a leader in implementing trauma-informed and healing-centered strategies and principles? This session offers insight into Ingenuity’s Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Training Program Through the Arts and explores a corresponding guidebook, as a model and tool, for not only understanding and being aware of trauma, but for actively promoting collective healing and integrating trauma-informed approaches in both the arts classroom and within organizational practice. Through its Institutes, Ingenuity strives to weave together multiple voices, approaches and experiences. COVID-19, ongoing racial injustice and the economic downturn of 2020 challenged us to more fully explore the ways in which arts can be a tool for recovery from crisis and to embrace trauma-informed, healing-centered engagement and an equity mindset in our teaching practices and work, so we are ready to meet students where they are today. This session explores connections among themes and trends that emerged during this engagement process and shares insights from one of our community arts partners. Participants can engage with the developed Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Guidebook and reflect on case examples and guiding questions. This session provides tangible tools for strategizing and implementing healing-centered practices.
Bryna Shindell, Assistant Director, National and Affiliate Services, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Cate Bechtold, Director, Internships and Community Programs, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Valerie Branch, Master Teaching Artist, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
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