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Arts Leadership and Administration Sessions

The goal of the Arts Leadership and Administration track (ALAA) is to inspire and empower participants to support and advance arts education. The ALAA track is designed to connect teachers, school and district leaders, program directors, and others who are interested in active arts education leadership. In addition to the Arts Leadership and Administration sessions, all participants attend performances, musings, special events and other activities, with plenty of time built in for networking and reflection.

Tennessee Arts Academy 2022 Arts Leadership and Administration Core Classes
Arts Leadership and Administration
Focus Areas: Arts Integration, Creative Drama, and Movement
Arts Integration, Creative Drama, and Movement is the focus area for the K – 6 elementary/lower middle theatre sessions. Each day participants will take classes in three areas of study that are especially designed for classroom generalist teachers, librarians, special education, physical education and gifted teachers. Arts Integration will help facilitate the learning process in traditional subject areas. Creative drama will focus on improvisational and non-performance aspects of theatre. A final daily class in movement and dance will be offered. All elementary theatre participants will attend all three classes.

Daily Core Classes

Every day, participants will be led in discussion and dialogue with Dru Davison and Amanda Galbraith
Arts Leadership and Administration Discussion and Dialogue
Dru Davison
Amanda Galbraith
Participants will engage in practical and thought-provoking sessions that connect contemporary arts research and trends to targeted arts initiatives at multiple levels within schools, districts, and beyond. Content will be explored through field experiences that include visits to content sessions throughout the Academy to observe from the perspective of an arts leader. Numerous interactive discussions and webinars with state and national leaders are also part of the innovative curriculum.
Seminars and Webinars
The upper middle/secondary theatre sessions (7 – 12) include unique sessions each year in at least three of the following areas: acting, directing, improvisation, criticism, movement, playwriting and technical theatre. Instructors from around the country provide stimulating class sessions that reflect a mix of stage and performance techniques coupled with current trends and the latest research in arts education.

Daily Core Classes

All participants will engage in special seminars and interactive webinars throughout the week.
Building a Brand
Luis Lanao III
IBM design director Luis Lanao will lead participants through the process of building a personal brand through the lens of user-centered design. He will share examples of how history, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility have informed and driven design decisions at IBM. As a result of this session, participants will learn how important it is to honor the past when creating the present, and how crucial it is to stay present to build a clear future for a personal brand.
Embracing Self-care and Reflection in Professional Learning
Alysia Lee
Professional learning should embrace holistic care that improves practice, shifts thinking, and centers students and communities. In this session, Alysia Lee will present examples from her recent work and a framework to guide professional learning for arts educators.
Solutionist Leadership: The Power of Creativity and Mindfulness
Tricia Williams
In this session, Tricia Williams will lead participants in exploring the powerful role that creative thinking and mindfulness have in developing new concepts. As she shares her experiences as an arts educator, she will outline what it means to be a solutionist leader.
Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2022 Tennessee Arts Academy.