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Overview:
Welcome to the AEP Partner Profile page. National in scope and far-reaching in their community impact, AEP partners are a diverse group of organizations representing the breadth of the arts education field. Below, we invite you to search through our partner database using the filters or search bar to find partners you are most interested in connecting with. Each profile includes a summary of what partners specialize in and the areas for which you can contact them for support. If you are a partner or affiliate and have a specific request for collaboration, please  to have your request included in AEP’s biweekly newsletter, . To add or update your profile, click here.
 
Please  with any questions. To become an AEP partner, visit our partner with AEP page to learn more. This is a pilot page; you can also view the full list of partners currently working to create their profiles.

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American Alliance for Theatre & Education | District of Columbia
  • Having a wide umbrella/focus on theater & education.
  • Cultivating young artists through our Playwriting for Change Program.
  • Providing our community a place to interact through our Conference, which is a display of the intersection of theater and education.
  • Providing a safe space in our community and welcoming new voices of the GM.
  • Offering our membership with online workshops on topics that relate to an aspect of theater education.
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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts | Virginia
  • Early Childhood Arts Integration Professional Development
  • Artistic Programming, including Children’s Theatre and field trip program
  • Internships and Apprenticeships
  • Strengthening the quality and breadth of artistic productions and presentations
  • Expanding state and national education affiliate network in early childhood programs
  • Developing and achieving meaningful DEIA goals across the organization
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Arts Impact | Washington
  • Arts Infused professional learning for classroom teachers
  • Culturally grounded teaching and learning for artists and educators
  • Research on the impact of arts infused teaching and learning
  • Using the arts to improve social emotional skills and incorporate trauma-informed approaches for students in the classroom
  • Culturally grounded teaching and learning in the arts
  • Using the arts to teach core academic subjects through conceptual alignment
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Save The Music Foundation | New York
  • Music Education advocacy
  • Teacher Support
  • Providing resources
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Big Thought | Texas
  • Trauma informed programming for youth.
  • Social emotional learning programming for youth and training for educators.
  • Working with stakeholders to ensure there is a space where creativity skills are prioritized and acknowledged in education and the workforce.
  • Trauma informed programming for youth.
  • Social emotional learning programming for youth and training for educators.
  • Working with stakeholders to ensure there is a space where creativity skills are prioritized and acknowledged in education and the workforce.
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Pentacle | New York
  • In-School Program instructs youth in dance while inspiring them to explore a range of careers in the arts.
  • Community Programs in disadvantaged NYC neighborhoods provide exposure to dance and leaders from the field to nurture professional development.
  • Career Development programs give high school students, college students, and graduates work experience, mentorship, professional development seminars, and a peer network of colleagues.
  • Expanding all three aspects of our programming (new in-school and community partnerships, new hosts for interns in our internship program)
  • Gaining a network of arts administration mentors and speakers for our Career Development programs
  • Providing more opportunities for our Teaching Artists
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Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York – CUNY | New York
  • Pedagogy
  • Advocacy
  • Artistry

Building and Sustaining theatre programs

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A+ Schools of North Carolina | North Carolina
  • professional development for schools, teachers, administrators and partner organizations
  • arts-integration
  • national network of schools that believe in the value of the arts in education
  • the value of the arts in education, especially during this time
  • the connection between SEl and the arts for teachers and students
  • highly engaging, and relevent, virtual and in-person adult professional development
  • strengthening policy on the arts in education
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Arts Ed Collaborative | Pennsylvania
  • Professional learning
  • Program evaluation
  • Advocacy
  • advocating for arts learning opportunities for student and educator well being
  • deepening facilitation practices to account for shifts between in-person and remote gatherings
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Oklahoma A+ Schools @UCO | Oklahoma
Arts Integration in PK - 12 schools
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ArtsConnection | New York
  • Groundbreaking free arts programming — visual arts, theater, dance, media, puppetry, spoken word — for NYC public school students.
  • Professional/creative opportunities for public school students, including internship opportunities and college application prep.
  • Providing free or discounted tickets to students and families in needs through arts initiatives like High Five Tickets and Culture Connected.
  • Expand the reach of our arts programming, specifically reaching more public school students through a mixture of in-school and after-school programming.
  • Collaborate with local partners to find more spaces to host student-oriented events and art presentations.
  • Raise awareness and increase the use of our new initiative, Culture Connected, which provides free or $1 tickets for EBT cardholders and their families to a variety of NYC cultural venues, in addition to hosting a series of FREE online learning resources at CultureConnected.org.
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National Art Education Association (NAEA) | Virginia
  • Visual arts, design, and media arts instructional tools and professional development resources
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) strategies
  • Leadership for arts educators
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL), including trauma-informed
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I)
  • Navigating the COVID-era classroom
  • Advocacy and Policy
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Educational Theatre Association | Ohio
  • Honoring student achievement in theatre through formal recognition, performance and learning opportunities
  • Providing professional development for educators and teaching artists through virtual and in-person learning opportunities and networking.
  • Advocating for standards-based equitable K-12 theatre education for all students at the local, state, and federal levels, taught by certified educators and teaching artists

How to:

  1. Create equitable anti-racist theatre education curriculum that emphasizes multi-cultural voices and stories.
  2. Align theatre education professional development with standards-based teaching and learning that integrates social-emotional learning.
  3. Advocate for equitable arts education opportunities—including in theatre—that acknowledges the academic and personal challenges of pandemic era education (ie. learning loss; trauma, virtual teaching)
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The Music Center | California
  • Arts Integration for Students & Educators
  • School Performances & Festivals
  • Dance & Dance Learning
  • Community-based Arts Education
  • Dance Learning
  • Teaching Artist Training
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Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education | New York
  • We offer professional development workshops that particularly focus upon the diverse culturally-based art forms that can be found in our own communities.
  • We publish and develop resources, including through our our peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Folklore and Education (https://JFEpublications.org).
  • We convene with the national arts service organizations to ensure a folk arts presence in national conversations and participate in the crafting of national policy and advocacy initiatives.
  • Building inclusive arts education learning activities and curricula that include significant art forms from cultural communities (de-centering the western canon of arts)
  • Engaging culturally-responsive and culturally-sustaining pedagogies through arts and arts-integrated learning
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Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center | Maryland
  • School-Based and After School Creative & Performing Arts Classes & Workshops
  • Professional Development
  • Parent Engagement Workshops
  • Increase partnerships for youth and community-based programming in the arts
  • Arts Advocacy
  • College & Career Readiness Courses
  • Expand our Teaching Artist Roster
  • Professional Development
  • 1:1 Arts Mentoring
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Ingenuity | Illinois
  • Data tracking and mapping of arts assets in major urban school systems
  • Professional learning for teachers, teaching artists, and arts administrators
  • Grant making to schools for expanded arts access
  • Expanding and improving data capabilities to track and map student access to arts instruction and resources
  • Creating and implementing equity action plans (EAPs)
  • Providing high quality professional learning
  • Best practice in grant making to schools
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Missouri Alliance for Arts Education | Missouri
  • Connecting/Uniting Missouri’s Arts Education Community
  • Professional Development Support
  • Arts Advocacy
  • Connections – Maintenance and growing of our communications network connecting all arts educators in PreK-12-collegiate and arts institutions/organizations.
  • Professional Development – Working with statewide arts ed organizations in support of their content specific professional development offerings, and providing additional professional learning opportunities involving the arts.
  • Arts Integration – Promoting, recruiting educators engaged in more holistic arts inclusive teaching and learning practices.
  • Diversity – Working toward inclusivity and equity for marginalized groups.
  • Arts Advocacy – ensuring that policies enacted are friendly to the arts.
  • Media Arts – learning how to best support this emerging arts education field – Addressing issues pertinent to certification, professional development support
  • Teacher Preparation, Retention and Recruitment of Fine Arts Educators – How do we attract students, prepare them adequately, and provide enough support to retain fine arts teachers?
  • Program Evaluation Measurement – How is the quality of arts education best measured in a variety of settings? How do we uplift the profession and support teachers, students and programs throughout the process?
  • Arts Education for Career and Workforce Development – How do arts educators see the work they do beyond future arts teacher prep or professional artist prep? What arts ed experiences provide support for other career areas? How can we learn to share this information with others?
  • Non-profit financial stability – How do we gain the sustainable financial support to continue to fulfill our mission?
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Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education | Illinois
  • Collaborations between teachers and teaching artists working together to integrate the arts into the curriculum
  • High-quality, sequential professional development for educators
  • Research, evaluation, and publications on best practices in arts education
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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall | Florida
  • Arts Integration
  • Arts-infused SEL
  • Arts Integration
  • Arts infused SEL
  • Arts experiences that connect to learning standards
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The Domestic Musician, LLC | Arkansas

Providing lesson plans, support, and mentorship to elementary music teachers.

I’d like to get my products and services in front of more districts and schools.

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Fifth House Ensemble | Illinois
  1. Collaboration
  2. Arts Integrated Programming
  3. Emerging Artist Training
  1. Expanding our Board of Directors
  2. Create and perform new programs, both in an artistic and education lens, to celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  3. Continue to expand our list of collaborative partners on both artistic and educational programming.
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Guitars & Ukes in the Classroom (GITC) | California
  1. Professional Development (PD) Courses in Foundational Music, Music Integration and Song Leadership for the classroom for educators and specialists, Tk-12.
  2. Capacity-Building Co-Teaching Artist Residencies in Tk-12 Classrooms: Highly engaged GITC classroom Teachers and Students Participate Together.
  3. Adaptive Music Training is open to any special educator, support service specialist or inclusion teacher interested in differentiating instruction through music for students with exceptionalities.
  1. Increasing access to hands-on music instruction in early childhood and primary grade classrooms
  2. Addressing pandemic learning loss
  3. Restoring community and connection through SEL
  4. Reaching all learners through GITC’s adaptive music programs
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Teaching Artists Guild | New York

Professional Development for Teaching Artists
Asset Map
Pay Rate Calculator

Increasing membership in Asset Map
Advocating for Teaching Artists
Professional Development for Teaching Artists

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VSA International Network | District of Columbia
  • Cultural Access – Inclusion and Access for people with disabilities to cultural space and expereinces
  • Creatives with Disabilities – Supporting and uplifting emerging young and professional artists, performers, designers, and other arts makers and arts allies.
  • Uplifting the “A” for accessibility in all the work of DEAI
  • Engaging senior leadership in supporting active, informed and intentionally meaningful inclusion of individuals with disabilities as learners, educators, staff and audiences.
  • Reminding everyone that civil, human, cultural and disability rights should be centered in our work.
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Legit Productions | New York
  • Producing documentary films and series about the role of the arts in American society
  • Conducting interviews with artists and art educators
  • Video/film production specialized in artist’s interviews
  • Art accessibility for underrepresented persons
  • Art accessibility in rural areas
  • Exploring art practices in the Southeast
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The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation | California
  • Donating new instruments to school music programs in need nationwide
  • Auditing and assessing music and arts education programming at the district level, and providing recommendations for improvement and equitable programming (Music [and Arts] Education District Support Services® – MEDSS)
  • Donating new instruments to schools impacted by natural disasters via the Music Rising program
  • To expand our Music (and Arts) Education District Support Services® (MEDSS) to serve more states/districts throughout the U.S.
  • To share MEDSS results with investors, collaborators and partners in order to connect funding and resources with the needs of K-12 arts education.
  • To continue consulting school district strategic plans.
  • To elevate our Holland’s Heroes group representing art directors throughout the nation as a resource for others.
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International Child Art Foundation | District of Columbia

Employ the power of the arts to:

  • Foster creativity
  • Develop mutual empathy

Find sponsors to host international child art exhibitions that awaken the “inner child” of professionals.

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Southeast Center for Arts Integration, The | North Carolina
  • Using the arts to teach goals and objectives across the curriculum
  • Working with whole school faculty and staff to build an arts-based collaborative culture
  • Helping teaching artists mine educational standards to connect their art to core subject objectives
  • Continuing to adjust to, and beginning to thrive in the pandemic
  • Helping school teachers and staff learn about, value, and engage the arts in the non-arts classroom
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New Jersey State Council on the Arts | New Jersey
  1. Provide quality arts education and lifelong opportunities for all.
  2. Engage people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds in the arts through grant making to artists and arts organizations.
  3. Sustain, identify, and create opportunities for arts leaders and artists to participate in development and social change initiatives statewide, while raising awareness and understanding of the importance of the arts.
  1. Strategically support New Jersey artists and arts organizations.
  2. Provide quality arts education and lifelong opportunities for all.
  3. Engage people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds in the arts.
  4. Sustain, identify, and create opportunities for arts leaders and artists to participate in development and social change initiatives statewide, while raising awareness and understanding of the importance of the arts.
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Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center | Michigan
  • visual arts
  • arts education
  • public art
  • visual arts
  • arts education
  • public art
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Arts Connect Houston | Texas
  • Collective Impact
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity Building
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Young Audiences, Inc. | New York
  • Advocacy
  • Arts Integration
  • Professional Learning
  • Engaging Stakeholders
  • Building a Teaching Artist Community
  • Out of School Time Partnership Development
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Dance/USA | District of Columbia
  • Engagement
  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Preservation
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National Assembly of State Arts Agencies | District of Columbia
  • GRANTMAKING–NASAA collects state arts agency (SAA) grantmaking statistics every year. This overview of SAA grantmaking and funding activities provides summary grant statistics, funding trends over time and select state-by-state information. It is a succinct introduction to SAAs.
  • RESEARCH–NASAA is an authoritative resource for information about SAAs and public funding for the arts. NASAA research informs and inspires SAAs, driving excellence and sparking innovation. We also supply information on best practices.
  • ADVOCACY–NASAA is a champion for the arts and SAAs. Our advocacy tools and research help advocates grow support for the arts in states and nationally. NASAA also works in Washington DC to shape federal policy and give SAAs a persuasive voice with Congress.
  1. Advocacy research and tools
  2. State arts agency grantmaking research and tools
  3. State arts agency best practices research
  4. Equity in grantmaking tools
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State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education |
  • State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) consists of those persons at state education agencies whose responsibility is education in the arts.
  • Our mission is “To support the professional effectiveness of individual members and provide a collective voice for leadership on issues affecting arts education.”
  • Arts education topics, including but not limited to: standards, curriculum and programming, STEAM, SEL in the Arts, digital learning in the arts, professional learning for educators, networks of practice, and other important and emerging topics of interest to the field of arts education.
  • National and state arts education policies
  • Arts education instructional practices and trends
  • Emerging and innovative practices in the arts (such as arts integration, STEAM, etc.)
  • SEL in the Arts
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the Arts
  • Digital learning in the arts
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Lesley University | Massachusetts
  • Professional development of the arts teaching workforce: classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists and community arts organization educators.
  • Research and development of curriculum and instruction in the arts and arts integration to serve all learners, including students who are English learners and students with disabilities.
  • Collaborative leadership in community arts and education.
Sharing best practices in arts integration theory and practice to serve all learners, including students who are English learners and students with disabilities.
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City Lore | New York
  • Looking at arts in community and cultural contexts, particularly through integrating folk and traditional arts in meaningful ways
  • Connecting to young people’s own cultures, traditions, experiences, neighborhoods and bridging the gap between their school and home lives
  • Including and honoring stories and perspectives that are often left out, particularly through interviewing of community members and guest artists
  • How to integrate folk and traditional arts and arts practitioners into the classroom or other educational setting in meaningful ways
  • How to design customized and collaborative art residencies with teaching artists and school communities
  • How to craft experiential, skills-based learning through an art form with a practicing artist
  • How to engage young people in investigating their neighborhoods, families, cultural traditions, and histories and utilize this firsthand research in their art-making
  • Creating professional development programs and workshops for educators, including classroom teachers, on how to bring a cultural and decolonial lens to arts education by centering culturally-rooted arts and marginalized perspectives
  • Strategies for educators on how to draw on the rich cultural traditions and resources of their city's/community's neighborhoods, and ethnic, linguistic, and artistic communities to support learning in the arts
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Michigan Assessment Consortium | Michigan
  • Performance and Formative Assessment process in the Arts
  • Continuous Improvement Planning for the Arts
  • Demonstrating Educator Effectiveness
  • Performance and Formative Assessment process in the Arts
  • Continuous Improvement Planning for the Arts
  • Demonstrating Educator Effectiveness
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National PTA | Virginia
  • National PTA is the nation’s oldest and largest child advocacy association, comprising of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.
  • National PTA’s Reflections program engages over 300,000 students every year, providing opportunities for recognition in the arts which boosts student confidence and success in the arts and in life. Through the program, students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy and find a love for learning.
  • National PTA has a long history of advocating for arts education and believes all students deserve the opportunity to take part in the arts, and that the arts are central to learning and key to the development of students. National PTA supports programs that promote public awareness of the arts and arts education and the integration of the arts in school curriculum.
  • Incorporating family engagement strategies into arts education programming. National PTA’s programming, including our Reflections art program, forwards transformative family engagement - the shared effort of families, schools and community leaders to advance whole child development as integral to impactful programming and policy.
  • Working with PTAs to ensure access to and opportunities for high quality arts learning experiences for all children. The Reflections program is wide-reaching and is often used as a catalyst to further develop arts education and arts learning opportunities for school communities.
  • Expanding access to and knowledge around arts and arts education advocacy. PTAs serve a unique community role as advocates and can use their voices to identify concerns and amplify quality arts education in their schools and communities.
  • National PTAs School of Excellence program allows PTAs to focus on supporting and improving arts education in their school communities through intentional action-planning steeped in best practice for continuous and transformative family engagement.
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National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) | Maryland
  • Professional Development for Dance Educators, including Online Professional Development Courses, Webinars, and Conferences
  • Dance Education Research and Standards for Teaching and Learning in Dance
  • Dance Education Advocacy
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Americans for the Arts | District of Columbia
  • Advocacy
  • Public Policy
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Foundations, Inc. | New Jersey
  • Professional learning customized the meet the needs of educators (face-to-face and virtual)
  • Capacity building from business services and human resources to curriculum development and program assessment
  • Resources for improving the quality of education
  • Foundations, Inc. has been convening the Beyond School Hours conference for twenty-five years.
  • We have also supported other organizations, like the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, with their annual convenings.
  • We have a history of supporting large initiatives.
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National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) | Virginia
  • Professional Learning
  • Advocacy
  • Communications
  • School Administrator Support for a Well-Rounded Education
  • Strategies School Leaders Can Use to Increase Arts Education
  • Advocacy Efforts for a Well-Rounded Education
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Association of Art Museum Directors | District of Columbia
  • we collect very extensive data on art museums on an annual basis, including on their education programs
  • we also collect data by jurisdiction (state, congressional district, state legislative district, county, and city council district) on the educational organizations served by museums
  • we collaborated with NAEA on a national study of current practice and results of single-visit field trips
  • data
  • art museum governance and administration
  • art museum education practice
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When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits