Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire & VSA New Hampshire
Offer Arts in Inclusive Learning Programs

For the past nine years, the Arts Alliance has developed a strong partnership with VSA New Hampshire: The State Organization on Arts and Disability, presenting collaborative training programs promoting the use of the arts as a critical tool in early learning. For the past three years we have been awarded contracts by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that have allowed us to build on this collaboration, expanding our services to preK-12 providers by adding a series of low-cost trainings as well as on-site, direct-service opportunities.

This month, as we prepare for the 2015-16 school year, we’re offering a series programs for teaching artists, for art and music teachers, for special education teachers and paraprofessionals, and for after-school and out-of-school program providers. Family members, librarians and other care and service providers are also welcome to attend.

Scheduled Programs

August Arts in Inclusive Learning Programs include:

Tuesday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, August 19, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For preK-12 educators in all subject areas as well as teaching artists and arts educators

This two-day workshop provides an experiential investigation of arts integration, exploring the natural world through arts-based strategies in drama, music, visual art, poetry, storytelling and movement. A one-day option is available on either day.

Kimball Jenkins School of Art, Concord                 

Learn more and register here!

Monday, August 17,  8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Pease Public Library, Plymouth NH 


A workshop for paraprofessionals and aides; SPED, art, music and classroom educators; and librarians and community program providers working with students with special learning needs and with identified disabilities. Parents are also welcome.

This workshop will address a variety of barriers to learning and successful participation in arts classes and programs, and explore how aides and other educators can work together to overcome these barriers -- both in arts classes and throughout the day. 

The workshop is free; donations will be gratefully accepted. Please bring your own lunch. Please register to reserve your spot.

Register and learn more here!

A Workshop for Teaching Artists at All Grade Levels
Tuesday, August 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kimball Jenkins School of Art, Concord, NH     Register for Concord
Monday, August 31, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH                        Register for Lebanon
Please bring your own lunch.

Cost: $15, $10 for AANNH members. Scholarships available.

Teaching Artists are finding more and more that the classes they work with in their residencies and programs include a wide variety of students with physical, emotional and developmental special needs. Using Universal Design for Learning, participants in this workshop will explore how best to plan for a wide variety of learners in ways that optimize the arts experience for  every student – and for the learning group as a whole. 

In each workshop several, teaching artists in different disciplines who wish to increase their comfort in practicing UDL principles with students with special needs will offer interactive lessons to their peers for feedback. Offered in two locations. 


Also: Free National VSA Webinar!
Fundamentals: Big Ideas from the National Core Arts Standards and Guiding Principles for Students with Disabilities

The Arts Alliance was honored to partner with the national VSA office in offering this important webinar. Presenters Marcia McCaffrey and Dr. Sharon Malley:
  • provided an overview of the National Core Arts Standards highlighting the standards framework and the big ideas behind the standards
  • offered a brief online tour of the website 
  • described principles and practices that are fundamental to working with students with disabilities in arts education
  • discussed how the National Core Arts Standards support learning for all students

About the presenters: 

Marcia McCaffrey, Arts Consultant at the NH Department of Education, is President of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and a member of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Leadership Team.  

Dr. Sharon M. Malley is author of Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: Guiding Principles for Teachers and team leader for the Special Education Team of the National Core Arts Standards.

Click here to view the Webinar. You will be prompted to enter your email address and contact information prior to viewing. 

Also part of our Arts in Learning Collaboration:

Demonstrations on Arts in Inclusive Learning & Artist Residencies Focusing on Inclusion

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