Kennedy Center presenter to train local dance artists

NEW ORLEANS – KID smART and the Imagination, Creativity and Innovation initiative of the Louisiana Division of the Arts will host a training session with John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presenter Randy Barron in New Orleans on Jan. 15, 2013.

Barron will lead a one-day workshop for Louisiana dancers and dance teaching artists from across the state. The training will provide dance artists with the skills needed to begin the transition from artist to teaching artist.

As an arts educator, Barron brings more than 25 years of classroom teaching experience into schools. He has conducted more than one hundred professional development workshops and more than 75 in-school residencies in 23 states.

Barron has written arts curriculum affecting more than 250,000 students in both urban and rural school districts. He is a founding member and current Curriculum Coordinator for the Río Gallinas School, an elementary charter school in Las Vegas, N.M., focused on ecology and the arts.

Imagination, Creativity and Innovation is an initiative that is part of a broad effort to build the capacity of educators to use child-centered, experiential, arts-integrated teaching and learning to foster student success. KID smART, this one a nonprofit arts organization located in New Orleans, administers the initiative.

KID smART works with the arts to engage children in learning. Through interdependent mutually reinforcing program of artist residencies in public school classrooms and professional development for teachers, KID smART uses the arts to make learning come alive and to build the capacity of teachers and schools to teach to the whole child.

Dance artists and teachers in Louisiana are welcomed to apply for a place in the training cohort. Cost is a $15 registration fee. Limited travel and hotel stipends are available for artists traveling from outside New Orleans. The priority deadline for travel assistance is Thursday.

For more information, visit http://randybarronici.eventbrite.com, email Sean Glazebrook at sean@kidsmart.org, or call 504-410-1990.

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