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JOI 2017 Workshops and Presenters

Note: Information from 2017 is displayed for reference only. 2018 information will be added when confirmed.

Presentations and workshops are designed to be engaging, immersive, and innovative learning experiences. Sometimes application to your classroom is immediate and direct, sometimes you will discover opportunities later in reflection, or standing at the checkout counter at the grocery store. We only ask that you participate, expect to leave your comfort zone, and check your inner critic at the door.


Monday, June 26, 2017
Defining Arts Integration/Course Overview

Partners in the Arts (PIA) staff breaks down the concept of “teaching all subjects through the arts” first used in PIA’s founding Arts in Education Plan in 1993. Follow the course of twenty-two years of teacher training and arts integration project support and discover how and why the PIA methodology is a timeless learning tool.

Facilitator: Partners in the Arts Staff

Sketchbook: Make It Your Own

The PIA sketchbook is your most important tool for the week. Use collage and drawing to discover how observations can be documented by hand and using found objects.

Facilitator: Lisa F. Johnson

Learning by Making

Use design thinking and architecture to understand the benefits of physical making, where only short time periods are given to initial planning. We will together undertake a hands on approach where unexpected outcomes become the program, and so process drives the motive.

Facilitator: Peter Culley

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Safe Brain Classroom: Why Trust is the Most Important Teaching Tool

The human brain cannot learn if it does not feel safe. By unlocking the brain through community, safety, and trust, with the support of the arts, we can leverage day-to-day interactions and improve learning outcomes.

Facilitator: Dr. Kristen Jamison

Teach and Reach: Strategies for Engaging Diverse Learners through Creativity

In this hands-on workshop, educators create simple, yet highly effective, arts-integrated activities to engage students who need new ways of seeing, learning, and doing. Participants will be using visual art, making, and movement/dance and each activity is accompanied by a complementary Thinking Routine. There will be time for reflection and creating individualized curriculum connections. Participants will understand how the Create-Move-Experience-Reflect model of arts integration can guide all lessons to maximum impact. The workshop is easy, empowering, fast-paced and collaborative, and requires no prior arts training or skill. If you are looking for a “Make it, Take it” or “Learn it today, teach it tomorrow” workshop, this is it!

Facilitator: Rob Levit

Print your own JOI SWAG with Studio 23 To Go!

Check out Studio 23’s new mobile printmaking and photography studio and print some JOI swag! Learn how S23 TO-GO can bring professional artists to your school and work with you to integrate printmaking, photography, drawing and bookmaking in your art, history, science, language, classes and more!

Facilitator: Studio 23

Electronic Portfolio

Instructors will guide students through the process of setting up an Electronic Portfolio for unit plan submission. This workshop will use the Google Apps suite but any online platform (Weebly, Tumblr, Blogger, etc.) is acceptable for unit plan submission.


  • Rob McAdams, MFA, Director, Partners in the Arts, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts, University of Richmond
  • Dr. Autumn Nabors, Assistant Director, Curriculum & Instruction, Chesterfield County Public Schools, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Richmond
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The JOI 2017 Keynote Artist is supported with funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts

JOI 2017 Keynote Artist Bethany Collins

JOI 2017 Keynote Artist Bethany Collins has been in Richmond doing site-specific research for work she is producing that will be exhibited at 1708 Gallery this September-October. She will guide and engage participants through her artistic process, from initial observation and inquiries, creating ideas, research, making, working with other experts, reflecting, refining, and presenting the final product. Additional workshop opportunities and teacher resources will be available during the exhibition this fall and is a great opportunity for you to explore language, social justice, history and art with your students in the classroom and at the gallery.

Facilitator: Bethany Collins

Thursday, June 29, 2017

This is a full day of concurrent workshops. Participants will select a morning and an afternoon session for small group, in-depth experiences with two different art forms.

Morning Sessions

Composing Thoughts Through Earsketch Grades (6 to 12)
Co-Sponsored by CodeVA

There are many projects that might attract added interest of students if they could incorparate music. What if they composed that music themselves? What if they used computer programming to compose that music? We will explore Earsketch, a music programming platform that incorporates computational thinking and text based coding with music composition. Earsketch is a fun way to give a student ownership and creative freedom in their work.

Facilitator: Maggie Smith, CodeVA

Sound Practices: Listening as Practice and Art

Through reflective listening, learn about the development of sound as an art form by investigating the ways in which sound artists work, collect, and push the medium forward. Participants will investigate contemporary sound work as a springboard for current social, historical, and environmental issues. Participants will take part in listening exercises and discussions, make audio recordings, and create a sound piece that explores the use of smart technologies and computer programs to easily capture and edit sounds. No previous experience with sound as an artistic medium is necessary.

Facilitator: Vaughn Whitney Garland, Ph.D. 

Devised Theatre: Connecting Content Theatrically

Teachers as students will use subject content and standards as raw material to be structured into a play. Guided theatre games, improvisations, and creative writing techniques are used to brainstorm personal connections OR standards that lead to dramatic material. A process for choosing, refining, and editing will be shared and practiced. Theatre games assist in building the team work (ensemble) needed for this collaborative learning process which personalizes learning. 

Facilitator: Lucinda McDermott Piro

Afternoon Sessions

Communicating Ideas through Comics/Animation

This workshop is an introduction to the fundamentals of visual storytelling through simple animation. Educators will learn how to communicate ideas, curricular content, or experiences clearly with layers of pictures and words; a skill that translates to all disciplines and learners of all ages.

Facilitator: Anh Do

What’s The Problem?     

Often in the classroom, the challenge is not the curricular content, but the way that it is presented. The perspectives of both the presenter and receiver also contribute to this communication gap. Language arts, especially Hip-Hop, are about communication and bridging the gap between assumption and understanding. The goal of this workshop is to use the Hip-Hop writing and performing process to create an environment where engagement leads to empowerment through expression and the exchange of ideas. Participants will leave with Hip-Hop writing and performing skills and the ability to differentiate problems between how something is said and what is actually said, or heard, by those with a different perspective.

Facilitator: Black Liquid

Problem Solving with Code (K-5)
Co-Sponsored by CodeVA

Computer Science may sound like a daunting addition to your curriculum. However, there are a variety of ways computer science can help students solve problems and reinforce concepts in the classroom. In this workshop we will explore some sneaky and fun ways to incorporate simple computer science and coding concepts into your lesson.

Facilitator: Maggie Smith, CodeVA

Friday, June 30, 2017

Creative Learning at the Science Museum of Virginia
The final day of the institute will take place at the Science Museum of Virginia

Through hands on exploration of the exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius, and the museum's maker spaces, teachers will discover how to connect formal classroom learning to informal educational experiences in the museum and beyond.

Engaging Creative Thinkers (ECT) Presentation

2017-2018 PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers (ECT) Awards recipients will be recognized and receive trophies.

Curriculum Slam/Unit Plan Presentations

Share what has inspired you and how you are going to utilize some of the ideas and experiences you have discovered throughout the week. Bonus points for creativity and rhymes.

Featured Presenters

Presenter, Joan Oates Institute
Presenter, Joan Oates Institute
Presenter, Joan Oates Institute
Presenter, Joan Oates Institute
Presenter, Joan Oates Institute
Presenter, Joan Oates Institute
Presenter, Joan Oates Institute
Presenter, Joan Oates Institute
Presenter, Joan Oates Institute
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education
Instructor, Joan Oates Institute
Presenter, Joan Oates Institute

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

Robert S. McAdams, MFA

Katie Fauth
Program Coordinator

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