Classroom teachers are the glue that holds SPARK! programs together, welcoming teaching artists into their rooms and integrating an ever-larger repertoire of art forms into their daily lesson plans.
In turn, SPARK! helps provide these teachers with the specialized training needed to truly integrate arts into the classroom.
All K-8 MCPS classroom teachers have now completed the "Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration" seminar developed by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Last year, teachers had opportunities to grow through arts-specific integration training as well. Twenty teachers participated in dance integration training, and 24 teachers completed a theatre integration and creative dramatics course. Two SPARK! liaison teachers attended The Kennedy Center Arts Integration Conference in June.
Teachers throughout Missoula have earned their master's degrees through the Creative Pulse Graduate Program at the University of Montana. The Creative Pulse is a premiere program in the nation for integrated arts and education.
Professional development will continue to play an important role in ensuring that arts are an effective and integral aspect of education in Missoula. On September 25 "Scientific Thought in Motion" taught by Kennedy Center teaching artist Randy Barron [Image Below] will provide tools for teachers to integrate creative movement with science lessons just as a new science curriculum is being rolled out. Teachers can translate many basic concepts in science into meaningful, self-assessing movement activities that put abstract ideas into tangible, visible form. Barron will work with teaching artists on Tuesday, September 26 to refine their teaching practices. Then on Wednesday, September 27, Barron will teach arts integrated lessons in 3rd and 6th grade classrooms wherein teachers and artists will have the opportunity to observe and reflect on his use of arts integration with students.
[Image: Richard Barron, Teaching Artist]
Schools can take advantage of short workshops for teachers this year as well as they delve into becoming arts integration schools.
Drama Integration in the Classroom and
Integrating Through Art Journals are two courses locally available for classroom teachers.
Arts Integrated practices will be shared statewide next summer. A Montana Arts Integration Conference developed in a collaboration with SPARK!, the University of Montana, the Creative Pulse Graduate Program, SHAPE 2.0, Montana OPI, MCPS, and the Montana Arts Council, will take place in Missoula in June 2018. Stay tuned for more details!
Rattlesnake Art Garden Celebration
Friday, September 15th, 3:30-5:30pm at Rattlesnake School Garden
The Rattlesnake Elementary School, PTA, and SPARK! will be celebrating the beautification of the school garden through the completion of a 14-week arts integration program and installation of student-created murals and mosaics.
During the spring semesters of 2016 and 2017, teaching artist Janaina Vieira-Marques was hired to develop an arts integration program for Rattlesnake Elementary School through SPARK! The result of this work was a two-part installation piece for the school's garden featuring pieces by nearly 400 students from grades K-5.
Thank you all those who volunteered their time, resources, and dedication to the completion of this project! Here is the full Facebook Event! for more information.
Cinderella Cinderella! at MCT
Friday, September 15th, 6:00pm
"Head to the MCT for a special adaptation of Cinderella. With help from her Fairy Godmother and feline companion, Cinderalla learns that magic isnt the answer to all of her problems!". All 2nd Grade students will see the show this September. Community members can buy tickets for a 6:00pm show on September 15. Follow this link to MCT's
Website! for more details.
Share your SPARK! for the Arts
SPARK! would love to hear your art story! How did you come to find your SPARK! for the arts? We hope that by sharing individual's personal stories about how the arts have impacted them, we can help shine a light on the importance of the arts as a whole.
Feel free to respond to the prompts on our website by following
THIS LINK! After we receive entries we will post select stories on our website "News" page and Facebook page!
Missoula Monster Project
Show is open until September 30th at the ZACC!
Welcome fall back to Missoula with the Missoula Monster Project.
"The Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) and SPARK!/Any Given Child Missoula have joined forces again to present the third annual Missoula Monster Project. Kindergarten classes from three Missoula County public schools created original monster pieces that are then illustrated by adult artists. This project's purpose is to bring more art into the public schools". Don't miss this! For details and more information, here is a link to the
This week is National Arts in Education Week!
Arts Education is important every week, but this week in particular learn more about how to engage! American's for the Arts encourages us to celebrate National Arts in Education Week. Click through to this
Website! for info on how to take action.
Here is a great Youtube Video on joining the Celebration of Arts in Education Week 2017:
VIDEO! There are also other ways to celebrate at the "Celebrate National Arts in Education",