Plans for Puppet Homecoming 2014 are moving right along! We’re working on a great lineup of performances and workshops. We are also pleased to announce a new extension of the festival, especially for educators.
The Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist will be held Friday, Sept 5 from 9:00-3:00. People may register for the Thursday (Sept 4, 2014) night plus breakfast and lunch on Friday. There will be early registration for Professional Day registrants, Thursday evening and Friday am.
The Professional Day for The Teaching Artist and Therapist is a day of Professional Development for puppeteers, educators and therapists. The goal is to present information that will help us all be more effective in working in educational and therapeutic settings. This year the presentations will focus on:
• Topics that meet specific areas of the National Common Core
• Dealing with sensitive issues through puppetry arts
• Hands-on projects that have been implemented and evaluated.
We are currently seeking presenters for this day-long event, the deadline is April 15. Presenters can use visual aids, PowerPoint, Slides, video, etc. Each presenter has a 30-minute time allotment: 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Presentations should be focused on ONE TOPIC and timed to allow for lively discussion.
Also included in the day:
• Break-out groups to discuss Puppetry in Education projects and Therapeutic Puppetry Arts projects
• A session featuring participant 6-minute presentations (see below)
• A certificate of completion will be given for presenters and participants to use for professional development points.
“Teaching artists are professional artists who have also developed the ability as educators (or therapists) to effectively draw people into the arts and artistic engagement. Teaching artists are relied on in organizations including schools, arts institutions, senior centers, juvenile justice and corporate programs,(hospitals,) etc. to engage people and incite active arts participation. The teaching artist field has rapidly grown in the last two decades as their skills become progressively more important in a world where creativity is increasingly associated with productivity.”
— David Marshall, Ma Cultural Council. ( ) added by Judith O’Hare
If you would like to be a presenter please contact Judith O’Hare, firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a proposal form, or download one here.