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. Programming is supported by Colorado Creative Industries.
Upcoming Events at a Glance
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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.
Past Workshops: May 15, 2020
1:00pm – 2:30pm MST
The Power of Story for Change
Presented by: donnie l. betts, Teaching Artist
Past Workshops: May 8, 2020
1:00pm – 2:30pm MST
Celebrating Strength: Identifying opportunities and wellness paths for self and others in context mass trauma
Presented by: Bianca Mikahn, Teaching Artist
Past Workshops: April 24, 2020
Teaching Social Justice Through Music
Presented by: Andrea Asali, Teaching Artist and Katrina Hendrick, Denver Public Schools
Past Workshops: April 10, 2020
1:00pm – 2:30pm
The Wellness Workshop
Presented by: Andrea Moore, Teaching Artist
Please contact Jason Diminich for details.
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.
2019 Institute for Creative Teaching
Dates: June 17-21, 2019
Location: Graland Country Day School
55 Clermont Street, Denver
Times: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Full price = $375
Group Discount (3 or more) = $350
*DPS Scholarship = $175 (plus 3 session residency in the fall)
**Rural Educator Scholarship = FREE (plus free 3 session residency in the fall)
Think 360 artists = FREE
Refund Policy: If Think 360 Arts cancels this class, all participants will receive a full refund. If a participant cancels after June 1st, 2019 there will be no refunds given.
*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 2019. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis after teachers fill out a simple scholarship application no later than May 7th, 2019. Teachers of all grade levels and content areas are eligible.
**Rural Educator Scholarships Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetii, we are pleased to offer 2-3 special scholarships to educators from Colorado’s rural Creative Districts. In addition to free admission, these scholarships come with a FREE artist residency in your school during the fall of 2019. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis after teachers fill out a simple scholarship application no later than May 7th, 2019. Teachers of all grade levels and content areas are eligible. Limited travel stipends are also available.
If you have any questions, please contact Jason Diminich, Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Explore strategies to equip students with 21st century skills such as innovation, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
- Participate in hands-on workshops with 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 30+ contact hours toward CDE license renewal.
- Discover ways to implement the NEW 2020 Colorado Academic Standards in Visual and Performing Arts!
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.”
2019 Institute Faculty
Pam Faro, Storytelling
Tony Ortega,Visual Arts
David Reuille, Dance
Bob Hall, African Drumming
Chelsea Gilmore, Nature Art
Curious Theatre Company, Theatre
Shannon Burgert, Ph.D, Boulder Valley Public Schools
Erin B. Lea-Dougherty, Denver Public Schools
Michael Medina, Cherry Creek Public Schools
Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D, Program Chair, Curriculum and Instruction, DU Morgridge College of Education
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 email@example.com 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.