Think 360 Arts Introduces Free Digital Arts Education Platform for Teachers, Parents, and Students
Lessons from 17 local artists will be available on “Think 360 Teaching Artist TV” beginning May 5
DENVER – May 4, 2020 – Think 360 Arts for Learning (Think 360 Arts), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves K-12 schools and other community venues through teacher training, student services, and public awareness programs, announces the launch of Think 360 Arts Teaching Artist TV, a free and accessible online platform designed to support ongoing art education efforts in Colorado and beyond.
Beginning Tuesday, May 5 – also known as #GivingTuesdayNow – art educators, parents, and students will have access to interactive video art lessons taught by 17 local Teaching Artists. The lessons, which span visual arts, storytelling, music, theatre, dance, and media arts, can be assigned by educators as part of their online learning programs or used by parents searching for engaging, family-friendly art experiences. While Think 360 Arts Teaching Artist TV will launch with a portion of the lessons, a total of 26 videos will be made available on the organization’s web site in the first half of May. A teaser trailer launched today.
“At Think 360 Arts, we recognize the power of the arts to connect people and to provide comfort and healing during these difficult times,” said Jennifer Olson, Executive Director of Think 360 Arts. “As part of our mission to cultivate the arts as a fundamental tool to enhance learning, bringing these creative experiences online will give our community more opportunities to engage with the arts and spark inspiration, creativity, imagination, and expression.”
Participating artists include Michael Gadlin, Tony Ortega, donnie l. betts, Katherine Dines, Nicole Banowetz, Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand and more. Each video has a related study guide that outlines activities and poses inquiry questions intended to deepen learning. The lessons will primarily use materials that are readily available.
Think 360 Arts Teaching Artist TV was launched in partnership with Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado’s State Arts Agency. The partnership promotes statewide access to high quality arts education services for educators, teaching artists and communities through professional development, direct service to students, the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Grants program, and dissemination of best practices in arts education.
“Research proves that arts education is vital to student engagement,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of Colorado Creative Industries. “Now more than ever children, parents, and teachers need accessible, and effective learning opportunities like Think 360 Teaching Artist TV, to keep kids socially and emotionally engaged during the crisis.”
To learn more about Think 360 Arts Teaching Artist TV, visit their website here: www.think360arts.org.
About Think 360 Arts for Learning Think 360 Arts is a leading provider of arts education programs and services in Colorado. Think 360 Arts has continued to serve K-12 schools and community members in Colorado through teaching artist workshops and residencies, direct services in the classroom, teacher training, professional development, and community programs. Think 360 Arts is an independent affiliate of Young Audiences. For more information, please visit www.think360arts.org.
About Colorado Creative Industries Colorado’s Creative Industries Division, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential of our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission statement for the Colorado Creative Industries, “to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.”