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 offers training and professional development in arts integration for classroom teachers, art specialists, and administrators. From in-depth summer coursework to weekend workshops to custom-designed school training, we seek to support educators in their efforts to reach every student through imaginative and alternative ways of teaching.

We connect research-based practices and artistic experiences to help participants meet standardized assessment goals without boring, standardized routines. We help leaders explore how to create, support, and sustain educational environments that foster creativity, innovation, student engagement, and 21st-century skills.

Our signature professional development program is the Institute for Creative Teaching, where participants learn how to engage learners through the arts by putting cutting-edge theory into practice. At the 2017 Institute, we trained 50 educators who in turn directly impact over 3,000 students on a weekly basis, quite literally bringing the arts to life for thousands of Colorado youth.

We also host professional development workshops throughout the year. Creative Learning Labs are half-day workshops on a variety of topics relevant to educators, teaching artists, and arts education providers. Past topics include Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Art for Social Change, Collaborative Artmaking, STEAMOLOGY: The Power of Artful Learning, Differentiating Instruction and Honoring Cognitive Diversity, Serving LGBT Youth through Understanding Terminology and Allyship, "Shoveling the Ramp" Toward Inclusion, and many more.

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.

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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

Think 360 Arts for Learning serves as a liaison between schools and teaching artists, and we are a clearinghouse of best practices and research in arts integration. Our Artist in Schools program offers engaging, customized, standards-based Educational Performances, Workshops, and Residencies through our extensive roster of visual, performing and literary artists. We carefully select our artists who have the demonstrated ability to develop age and curriculum-appropriate programs that engage, involve, and delight both students and teachers. The professional teaching artists on our roster are thoroughly vetted and cover a multitude of disciplines, including performing, visual, digital and literary arts. Arts spark the imagination, engage and promote personal and social development, and are essential to training the workforce of the 21st century - a workforce that must know how to collaborate, communicate, and innovate.

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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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