Jamel Mims

WHY YOU SHOULD DROP EVERYTHING AND START TEACHING KENDRICK LAMAR’S NEW ALBUM

In the age of an emerging #BlackLivesMatter culture, Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' is a seminal text: it presents an analysis of a conflicted black youth whose hopes and aspirations are enmeshed in a state that relies on his exploitation.  America, it seems, continues to 'pimp' and eviscerate its butterflies, ripping off their wings, extinguishing their flames, and ...

Michael Wiggins

AFTER FERGUSON

If we truly care about closing the achievement gap and ending the oppression of black and brown people, it's not possible to teach history from a solely objective viewpoint. Recent conversations around the issues of policing in communities of color lead me to believe that what we have done, yet again, is misjudge the distance between us. We, the "American people", are separated by a gulf ...

Philip Courtney

Art Creates Opportunities

I sometimes wonder how on earth I ended up doing what I do. I was a troublesome student. In every classroom setting I felt this uncontrollable urge to change the flow of the lesson. I’d lean back on my chair, and eventually fall backwards much to the enjoyment of my classmates. I’d make jokes to get them all laughing. My teachers called ...

Katrena Perou

Community School Serendipity

Six years ago, when my then boss, Richard Buery, sent me to the Children's Aid Society's Community School Practicum at Columbia University, I didn’t know anything about the Community Schools movement . Richard was interested in exploring the idea of opening up a community school in East New York, Brooklyn. At Richard’s behest, I joined educators from all over ...

Kaya Chwals

Kaya Chwals

CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Kaya Chwals in BLOG, Events

Imagining the Future with The Creator’s Project and the Toyota Prius

Urban Arts Partnership students from New York and Los Angeles have a unique opportunity to interact with artists and designers, cutting-edge technology, and fascinating works of art, thanks to our new partnership with Toyota and The Creator's Project. Last week in NYC, we paid a visit to the launch of the Future Forward event series, and met a designer ... Continue reading ›

Michael Wiggins

Michael Wiggins

Director of Education MICHAEL was the Education Program Consultant and teaching artist trainer for the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater for 15 seasons. He founded Teaching Artist Group (www.teachingartistgroup.org), and he is the founding Artistic Producer of Mud/Bone. Michael served as a proposal review panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Theater Program, and as a member of the writing committee for the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts (PDF). He has developed and facilitated numerous professional development workshops for teaching artists, and for classroom teachers in Title I schools. He was a member of the New Victory Theater’s original Teaching Artist Enrichment Team, and currently serves as a member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s Teaching Artist Affairs Committee. He has worked as an adjunct professor for NYU’s Educational Theatre Program and for The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. He is the author of The Teaching Artist Sutras, which debuted, this semester, as an assigned reading in graduate level courses at both NYU, and City College. His blog for the Association of Teaching Artists is archived, and he continues to post @ Twitter, Education: New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Progam MFA (’98).

Michael Wiggins in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

I Want to Believe: A Teaching Artist’s Reflections on Cultural Affinity and the Broken Promise of Diversity

……………………………... The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.  The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions, to say to himself ... Continue reading ›

Delia Denson

Delia Denson

Communications Coordinator

Delia Denson in Early Childhood Education

Communicating and Socializing Non-Verbally

by Nancy Oliver Volante, EASE Teaching Artist Communication is a basic need, which allows people to connect, make decisions and choices that will affect their lives, and connect them to a sense of belonging, identity and place. Just because a child cannot speak does not mean that the child does not have a voice. In fact, I ... Continue reading ›

Michael Wiggins

Michael Wiggins

Director of Education MICHAEL was the Education Program Consultant and teaching artist trainer for the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater for 15 seasons. He founded Teaching Artist Group (www.teachingartistgroup.org), and he is the founding Artistic Producer of Mud/Bone. Michael served as a proposal review panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Theater Program, and as a member of the writing committee for the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts (PDF). He has developed and facilitated numerous professional development workshops for teaching artists, and for classroom teachers in Title I schools. He was a member of the New Victory Theater’s original Teaching Artist Enrichment Team, and currently serves as a member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s Teaching Artist Affairs Committee. He has worked as an adjunct professor for NYU’s Educational Theatre Program and for The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. He is the author of The Teaching Artist Sutras, which debuted, this semester, as an assigned reading in graduate level courses at both NYU, and City College. His blog for the Association of Teaching Artists is archived, and he continues to post @ Twitter, Education: New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Progam MFA (’98).

Michael Wiggins in BLOG, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

After Ferguson: UAP Changemakers Initiative Lesson Plan

After Ferguson: UAP Changemakers Initiative Lesson Plan At Urban Arts Partnership, the Changemakers Initiative encourages teaching artists to explore social justice issues in their classrooms. This lesson was developed by UAP Program Staff Augustina Warton and Jamel Mims, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown, as a portable workshop for teaching artists to ... Continue reading ›

James Miles

James Miles

Fresh Ed Professor

James Miles in Arts Integration, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Yes, You Do Want Drama In Your Classroom

"Yo Mister, that ain't right!"   I'm teaching test prep in a Title I High School, in a part of Brooklyn that’s not portrayed on Girls, leading a rambunctious group of previously failing students through a content-review of the Cold War; exploring the difference between capitalism and communism. One particularly volatile student, Jonathan, is decrying the fact that ... Continue reading ›

Delia Denson

Delia Denson

Communications Coordinator

Delia Denson in BLOG

The Art of the Game:  Fun as Behavior Management

Contributed by EASE Teaching Artist, Melanie House On a cold rainy morning in mid-December, I leave my warm home in the Bronx to travel to the edge of Queens, near Long-Island, for work.  Light is just beginning to fill the sky, as I make my way with a large bag of items to my first class.  When I ... Continue reading ›

Mikey Cordero

Manager of Technology Education and Media

Mikey Cordero in EdTech

License 2 Skill: The Digital Badging Movement

Last year, UAP joined the HIVE network  and began to dive deep into the world of digital badging through the Mozilla Open Badges initiative. Digital Badges and personalized learning pathways are seriously trending topics right now.  Badges were a major theme when we attended last year’s DML Conference, and personalized learning pathways are being touted as the ... Continue reading ›