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Partners in the Arts Workshop: InLight Richmond

Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a FREE, public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond features performances, sculpture, video, and interactive projects that illuminate pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces, and kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade.

As educators, asking how and why pieces in this exhibit were made is a great way to spark inquiry and explore STEM and all content areas.

Join us for a two-part workshop series focused on InLight:

Thursday November 8, 2018, 4:30pm-6:00pm, at 1708 Gallery 
Executive Director Emily Smith will guide participants through the what, why, and how the works were proposed, selected, and made and spark ideas and look-fors across K-12 STEAM and Humanities connections. *Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday November 16, 2018, 7:00-midnight, at the VMFA
Join us for a guided tour (time TBD) of the InLight exhibition for deeper engagement, learning, and connections to the work in the community. Be sure to check out one of the lantern making workshops and participate in the lantern parade!

These sessions are free but Registration (click here) is required.

Previous Workshops

Community Inquiry and Digital Storytelling

Joan Oates Institute Focused Course • June 26-28, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Don Belt, a former senior editor and writer for National Geographic magazine, will lead participants through elements of the community-based “slow journalism” curriculum he teaches in the University of Richmond Journalism department. Participating educators will also work with PIA teaching artists to learn how to explore their communities through close observation and connect curricular content through arts integrated instructional practices. Educators will develop the knowledge and skills to engage their students in creating compelling narratives and a digital map of community stories by building skills in sketching, interviewing, photography, video and sound.

Exploring Art and Sound

March 14, 4:30-7 p.m. & March 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

In this two-part workshop series, participants explore creative practices that use art and sound to help engage students in classroom content and connect to the world around them. The workshops are offered in conjunction with the exhibition, Topography of a Sound: Peaks & Valleys Series, New Work by Maria Chavez, in the University of Richmond Museums.

Participants who attend both sessions can add new sounds created on March 21 to the ORO Visual App created on March 14. Therefore, attending both sessions is recommended but not required.

  • Workshop 1: Exploring Art, Sound & Programming in ORO Visual — Steve Van Dam, musician and founder of Light the Music, will lead programming in ORO Visual to explore combining visuals, sound, and music to create a looping music-making App.
  • Workshop 2: Exploring Arts, Sound & Turntablism — Maria Chavez, a sound artist and abstract turntablist, will use listening and sound art activities to develop active listening skills to help connect with the world around us and generate new sounds through abstract turntablism. 

Slow Storytelling in the Digital Age

A Hands-On Workshop for Educators

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1-5 pm

University of Richmond Downtown
626 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Hosted by the University of Richmond Journalism Department and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Led by Don Belt, a veteran National Geographic writer and editor, this fast-paced, four-hour workshop is designed for secondary school and college educators seeking new ways to use multimedia storytelling in the classroom.

Belt will share the community-based “slow journalism” curriculum he teaches at the University of Richmond, which is modeled on Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk, a 10-year digital media project tracing the path of ancient human migration from Ethiopia to the tip of South America.

Salopek’s 21,000-mile foot journey provides an exciting resource for teachers of English, history, social studies, environmental science, and other subjects, and offers a connection to schools and classrooms across the U.S. and around the world.

Belt’s workshop will also feature other educators who have integrated the Walk into their classrooms and will provide practical tips on bringing a real-world perspective to students through Salopek’s dispatches, multimedia, and mapping.

Telling the Story of Learning

Performance-Based Assessment in Integrated Unit Design and Implementation

August 15-16, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. & October 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This professional development workshop provides K-12 educators with training that focuses on using the authentic assessment of student learning to guide and inform the development of an arts integrated unit plan.

This 3-session course begins with a two-day seminar, taking place August 15-16, 2017, that will be facilitated by professor, author, and theater artist Lisa Donovan, Ph.D.

A follow-up session will occur Saturday, October 21, at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. In the follow-up session participants will share implementation outcomes, receive feedback, and work hands-on in multiple studios at VisArts.

This process of implementation, reflection, exploration, and revision will foster sustainable pedagogies and a strong network of creative practitioners.

Museum Open House

Wednesday, March 8, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Harnett Museum of Art

The University of Richmond Museums is hosting a free open house for K-12 teachers and homeschool educators on Wednesday, March 8, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Harnett Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art. For more information contact Heather Campbell, Curator of Museum Programs, 804-287-6324 or

Aquatic Wild/Project Wild

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop brings themes and ideas found in The Nile Project school matinee performance into the K-12 classroom by going outside. Aquatic WILD and Project WILD (Wildlife In Learning Design) are wildlife-focused conservation education programs. The goal of these programs is to help students develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to the world around them. This results in making informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive action concerning wildlife and the environment. Offered in coordination with the Modlin Center for the Arts.

Crooked Data Workshop

Monday, March 27, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. & April 3, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Print Studio (room #312), Modlin Center

In this two-part workshop series, K-12 teachers will explore integrating creative teaching practices in the classroom through collecting and mapping data, and printmaking. It is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art on view in the University of Richmond Museums.

In the first 90-minute workshop participants will examine databases and tools available through the University's Boatwright Library. This section will be taught by Samantha Guss, Social Sciences Librarian, Boatwright Library. In the second 2-hour workshop participants will be using the data gathered from the first workshop and screen-printing to create artwork. This section is taught by Brooke Inman, Part-time Instructor of Art, Department of Art and Art History.

School Arts Coordinators

Chesterfield County
Michael Gettings, (804) 594-1776
Robin Yohe, (804) 594-1772

Hanover County
Jennifer Stackpole, (804) 365-4546
Barry Flowe, (804) 365-4563

Henrico County
Michael C. Kalafatis, (804) 652-3756
Rick Tinsley, (804) 652-3759

Powhatan County
Sandra Lynch, (804) 598-5700

Richmond City
Christie-Jo Adams, (804) 780-6837

Partners in the Arts
Phone: (804) 955-4012

Robert S. McAdams, MFA

Stacy Hull

UR Downtown
626 E. Broad St., Ste. 100
Richmond, VA 23219