Acadiana Arts Council - 2009

Funded in January, 2009: $20000 for 1 years
With renewed funding, the AAC will offer the Performing Arts Learners project which provides professional development in the performing arts for artists and select personnel working in schools. The concept is a two-year, four-part project that begins with a moderated forum in the spring of 2009 designed to educate participants on the history of the pilot program and its goals and will encourage open registration for Part II. Part II will provide a six-hour workshop which will introduce participants to an intensive teaching/learning experience in using their body as their instrument in dance and theatre. It will also offer an opportunity to identify and problem solve issues related to teaching the performing arts in the largely rural schools of the region.Part III will give the workshop participants involved in Part II the opportunity to apply for an intensive mentoring program. Project administrators and master artists will select a maximum of 8 workshop participants of diverse levels of experience and ability in the art forms of dance and theatre.Part IV will involve all past and new participants in a series of professional development workshops led by presenters from the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program