Artists in Schools
Think 360 Arts supports, trains, and collaborates with hundreds of Colorado educators every year. In addition to offering programs for K-12 students, we also provide teachers with hands-on experiences in various arts disciplines that demonstrate how they can connect the arts to their own content area in ways that address higher order thinking, innovation, and increased engagement in the classroom for all. Think 360 Arts staff can also help you craft programming to support social emotional learning.
Think 360 Arts is a resource for teachers looking for more information on integrating arts in the classroom and how to book a teaching artist at their school. Subsidies, such as our annual CAP Grants, are available.
Learn more about what we offer to Colorado educators:
Think 360 Arts Educational Performances are focused, creative 45-50 minute artistic experiences that go beyond the traditional assembly program or concert. We carefully select our artists who have the demonstrated ability to develop age and curriculum–appropriate programs that engage, involve, and delight both students and teachers. Pricing for educational performances is set by the artists. To get a quote for a performance at your school, complete a program inquiry form.
Our artists can design a single or double workshop that ties into your curricular goals, complements the work being done in the classroom and engages children in interactive, fun and creative activities. Like residencies, these programs can take place during the school day or during out-of-school time, and Think 360 Arts will work with you to design a single or double workshop that fits your schedule and budget. Each workshop generally lasts between 50-60 minutes. Fees for both single and double workshops are determined by the artist. To get a quote for a workshop at your school, complete a program inquiry form.
During a residency program, Think 360 Arts and a resident artist work with educators to tailor workshops for ages Pre-K-12 that address curricular goals, state standards and 21st century learning skills. Think 360 residency programs are designed to integrate work of a chosen arts discipline with a variety of educational aims, and artists work together with educators in program design and implementation. To get a quote for a residency at your school, complete a program inquiry form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why book a program with Think 360 Arts?
- Think 360 Arts is the only organization in the state that offers access to arts programs in all disciplines of visual, performing, and literary arts.
- The staff and teaching artists work with you to customize programs for your school’s unique needs, curriculum goals, budget and schedule.
- All teaching artists on the Think 360 Arts roster are carefully selected based on their professional work as an artist and receive ongoing professional development in order to work effectively in schools and work with children and youth.
- Think 360 Arts believes that children deserve the same quality arts experience as adults.
- For the safety of our clients and our artists, Think 360 Artists are required to undergo background checks through the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.
What’s the difference between a workshop, residency and performance?
A workshop is a short, focused session with an artist and a group of students. Residencies are a series of 3 or more workshops, allowing for a more in-depth arts experience. Residencies may include open studio time with the artist. Performances are for groups of 250 students or less. For groups larger than 250 people, performances can be booked back-to-back (double-performances). Artists set their own fees for performances and workshops.
How do I schedule a residency?
We can customize the residency workshops to fit your schedule. They can all occur within the same week, once a week, once a month, etc. Each workshop lasts about 45 – 60 minutes long, but we can schedule workshops back to back (2 hours long) if that works best with your schedule. All workshops are designed for approximately 30 students. Please do not combine classes for these programs.
What is ‘open studio time’ in a residency?
When the artist is not scheduled to teach a class, he/she will have an open studio in the school in which to work on his/her own art. The school must provide this studio space, which can be an empty classroom, an office, or shared space (i.e., a corner of the library). Students and teachers are welcome to come by and visit to see the artist at work, ask questions, and learn more about their art form or work as an artist. This way the artist can interact with more students and teachers who may not be directly impacted by the residency. The biggest connection made during this time is that students get to see what it takes to be an artist and that it is a viable career option.