Professional Development


Think 360 Arts offers training and professional development in arts integration for classroom teachers, arts specialists, administrators, and cultural organizations. We assist leaders in exploring ways to create, support, and sustain educational environments that foster creativity, innovation, student engagement, and 21st century skills.

Upcoming Events at a Glance


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Creative Learning LabsInstitute for Creative TeachingCustom PD

Creative Learning Labs are half-day workshops on a variety of topics relevant to educators, teaching artists, and arts education providers. We assist leaders in exploring ways to create, support, and sustain educational environments that foster creativity, innovation, student engagement, and 21st century skills.

September 28th, 2017

Location: Think 360 Arts Training Room – 135 Park Avenue West, Denver CO. 80205


Session 1: 9:00-11:30am

It’s Easier Than You Think! The Straightforward Practice of Writing Great Grants

Presented by Tanya Mote

This workshop will assist you in creating a clear, concise and compelling case for your program. You will learn to stay fresh and engaged in the writing process; elevate the important and urgent dimensions of your program and position your organization as an authority. We will explore evaluation, examine what funders want and why and discuss some of the common mistakes that grant writers make. Participants will walk away knowing exactly how to craft a prize-winning proposal.

Tanya Mote is the Associate Director at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center where she has practiced for 20 years to become a better fundraiser, organizational development facilitator, and audience engagement specialist. She has served on dozens of panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, the National Performance Network and Theater Communications Group. Tanya teaches in the Arts Management and Global Affairs programs at DU’s University College. For four years, she has served as a track coordinator along with several colleagues nationally, for the Resourcing and Sustaining Our Movements track at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit. She is a facilitator for the Colorado Creative Industries Change Leader Institute and serves as a board member for Working Narratives, Conejos Clean Water and Art2Action, organizations located in Wilmington NC; Antonito, CO; and Tampa, FLA, respectively. Tanya holds a Ph.D in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies – DU.


Session 2: 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Preventing and Navigating Conflict in the Classroom: Culturally Responsive Restorative Practices for Educators and Artists


Presented By Creative Strategies for Change

In this interactive workshop Creative Strategies for Change will introduce frameworks for cultivating a responsive, restorative culture in the classroom. Participants will practice hands on tools and activities for deepening student engagement and building relationships that support healthy strategies for dealing with conflict, and the many ways it shows up in the classroom environment.

In a world where social divides run deep, there must exist organizations that not only build bridges, but also engage communities on all sides in closing the divides. This is Creative Strategies for Change (CSC) a grassroots nonprofit based in Denver, CO. We work with schools, organizations, and communities, toward our mission of mobilizing arts and education for social justice. CSC programs and services include: consulting, leadership and professional development, workshops, youth enrichment and residencies, performances, assemblies, and community events. Some examples of CSC’s clients and venues include, Early Milestones Colorado, Grant Beacon Middle School, Compassion Road Academy, Regis University, Community College of Aurora, The University of Wyoming, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, The Caring for Colorado Foundation, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.


Pricing: Half day $60; Full day $80
*Think 360 Artist Pricing: FREE

Register Now Please contact Jason Diminich for details.

Refund Policy If Think 360 Arts cancels this class, all participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels there will be no refunds given.

Collaboration and sharing is one of the founding principles of great educational practice. Think 360 Arts reserves the right to publish photographic testimonies and representations of the experiences within the structure of the Creative Learning Labs on our social media platforms, and in our marketing materials.

The Institute for Creative Teaching is an in-depth week-long summer institute, in collaboration with the University of Denver’s Morgridge School of Education, offering the theory and practice of arts integration.

2017 Institute for Creative Teaching

Dates: June 20-23, 2017
Location: Graland Country Day School

55 Clermont Street, Denver

Times: 8:30am – 4:00pm each day

Tuition Cost:

Full price = $425
*DPS Scholarship = $200
Think 360 Artists = $200

*Denver Public Schools Scholarships Thanks to our partnership with Denver Arts & Venues, we are pleased to offer 10 special scholarships to Denver Public Schools teachers. These scholarships come with a FREE artist residency in your school during the fall of 2017. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis after teachers fill out a simple scholarship application no later than April 15th, 2017. Teachers of all grade levels and content areas are eligible.

Refund Policy: If Think 360 Arts cancels this class, all participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels after June 1st, 2017  there will be no refunds given.

 If you have any questions, please contact Jason Diminich, Education Director at

What is the Institute for Creative Teaching?

It is a nationally recognized professional development institute, offered in June, for educators, artists, and administrators to:

  • Reignite passion for teaching and find renewed joy in the classroom.
  • Discover ways to equip students with 21st century skills such as innovation, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
  • Institute for Creative Teaching for Classroom and Arts Teachers: Arts Integrated Approaches to Education
  • Participate in hands-on workshops with 5 master teaching artists to discover how to integrate arts-based practices into everyday teaching.
  • Collaborate with arts integration specialists to connect and apply artistic experiences to the standards-based curriculum.
  • Participants receive contact hours toward CDE license renewal.


Testimonials from past Institute participants:

“This was one of the best trainings I have been to, and one of the most applicable to who I want to be as a teacher.”

“The personal growth is as important as the ideas for the classroom.”

“The most memorable thing was collaboration with other participants and instructors and the quality of the artists and their approachability and flexibility.”

“Every teacher should take this training. It will enable you to reach children in a completely different way.”

2017 Institute Faculty

Shannon Burgert, Ph.D., Boulder Valley Public Schools

Erin B. Lea-Dougherty, Denver Public Schools

Jennifer Ghormley, Visual Artist

Michael Medina, Cherry Creek Public Schools

David Reuille, Dancer/ Choreographer

Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D., Program Chair, Curriculum and Instruction, DU Morgridge College of Education

Lisa Zimmerman, Literary Artist

With Special Guests:

Bob Hall, Musician, Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble

Adrian Molina aka Molina Speaks, Poet and Performing Artist

Alison Waltrous, Theatre Artist, Education Director for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts



Custom Professional Development


Think 360 Arts offers custom-designed programs for school faculty that support teachers’ efforts to reach every student through imaginative and alternative ways of teaching. We encourage schools’ commitment to the arts as a key component of the teaching and learning environment. Think 360 Arts will customize a program that is the right length and focus for your faculty. Sessions may include:

  • Connecting arts-integration to new Colorado Academic Standards, and 21st Century Skills
  • Hands-on workshops with professional teaching artists
  • Curriculum connections to specific content areas
  • Demonstration lessons, unit and lesson planning, and discussion
  • Aesthetic education theory and practice

Art Education Consultants:

Is your school looking to make a deeper impact through the arts? Develop an arts strategic plan? Create an art academy? Design a visiting artist program? Contact Jason Diminich at for suggestions or more information. In addition, you may choose to deepen the impact of a Think 360 Arts performance, workshop, or residency at your school by adding professional development sessions for the faculty. Prices vary depending on the program you select.