Think 360 Arts

The mission of Think 360 Arts for Learning is to lead Colorado in cultivating and sustaining the arts as essential to all learning through creative experiences for students and teachers. Our Vision: A community that embraces the arts as a fundamental tool to enhance learning.

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Professional Development

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Teachers
Parents
Teachers
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Think 360 Arts believes a crucial tool in impacting a wide range of students with various backgrounds is providing tools, resources, and up to date research on arts integration practices to educators. Think 360 Arts hosts several professional development series, including our quarterly Creative Learning Labs, a series of half-day workshops on a variety of topics pertinent to the needs of educators, teaching artists, and arts education providers. Topics have ranged from engaging gifted and talented students, meeting the requirements special needs students, and creating a classroom culture which supports respect, diversity and inclusivity.

The Institute for Creative Teaching is hosted in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Uhrmacher, a leader in cutting edge research in arts integration and education, and University of Denver's Morgridge School of Education. Artists and arts education providers from around the state participate in hands-on workshops with four master teaching artists to discover how to integrate arts-based practices to the standards-based curriculum. This in-depth, four day summer institute provides support and knowledge for teachers to fully integrate creative learning experiences into any classroom, including subjects like math, social studies, science, and physical education.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Numbers alone can't convey the impact of our work. Every day wonderful things happen in schools where our teaching artists bring their energy, enthusiasm, and mastery, and in schools where classroom teachers have learned to integrate arts into their lesson plans.

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 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."

Artists in Schools / Community Venues

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Teachers

Description

Our Artists in Schools Program has been an essential part of our ongoing operations and speaks directly to our mission statement. It is the primary vehicle through which we are able to bring quality arts programming to schools that would otherwise have little or no opportunity to receive such exposure. This program provides direct services to students through: (a) Educational Performances - enrichment activities for schools and other public facilities that engage students in educational content and artistic excellence; (b) Artist Residencies - placement of an artist in a school on a part-time or full-time basis; and (c) Artist Workshops - often connected to an educational performance, workshops offer a deeper learning experience in the classroom and/or in after school programs. One of the vital elements that drive our success in implementing these programs are in person planning meetings with the artists and teachers to develop highly customized programming before each residency.

Think 360 Arts believes that everyone should have an equal opportunity to engage with the arts. A variety of populations outside of the classroom have reached out for Think 360 Arts programming, so we have expanded the Artist in Schools Program to community centers to ensure access to artists and creative learning to the entire Colorado community. Current collaborators include Denver Public Libraries, the Denver Theatre District, the Denver District Attorney's office for the DA-ARTT Program, elderly communities for our Creative Aging Program, and Project PAVE for the True Man Program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Think 360 Arts uses formal pre- and post-surveys and evaluations with staff and artists for performances, workshops and artist-in-residence programs. Students also present sharings of work for workshop series and artist-in-residence programs to showcase the process they have experienced with the artist.

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