ETC Hosts Integrated Arts Conference for Educators Jan. 24

January 7th, 2009 by Adam

Wizard of Oz Media Kit

PLYMOUTH, N.H. —The Educational Theatre Collaborative and Plymouth State University’s College of Graduate Studies will host educators from across New Hampshire at the 14th Annual Integrated Arts Conference Jan. 24, 2009.

The conference, witch runs from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts, is presented in association with Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH).

Six workshops will be based on themes from ETC’s 2009 production of The Wizard of Oz, the 15th anniversary production of the award-winning organization.

The workshops, presented by some of the state’s premier educators, provide unique applications for using the arts to teach children.

“Integrated arts highlight the power of the arts in education and the importance of the arts to human experience,” said ETC artistic director Trish Lindberg, who is the coordinator of M.Ed. programs in integrated arts at Plymouth State University. The conference provides an opportunity for educators to explore a wide range of integrated arts experiences connected to The Wizard of Oz to take back to their classroom.

Frumie Selchen, executive director of the AANNH, and Lindberg will welcome participants to the conference.

The keynote address, “Reclaiming Munchkin Land, or No Munchkin Left Behind,” will be presented by Harvard School of Education alumna Bethany Nelson, faculty member and theatre specialist at Emerson College. Nelson says arts integration is an especially powerful tool in this time of standards-based curricula. “Visual art, music and drama engage the brains and hearts of young people and help children find the courage to learn,” she said.

Workshops for the 14th Annual Integrated Arts Conference are:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Arts Integration at the High School Level

Paul Bourgelais, world music integration teacher, Bow High School, Bow, N.H.; Richard Hedrick, visual arts teacher, Bow High School; Derek DeAngelis, humanities teacher, Bow High School

See how a group of educators has successfully integrated the arts in their high school curriculum. Topics include units on Africa, Japan, Latin America, Indonesia, the Middle East and more.

If I Only Had a Brain

Lisa Spradley, assistant professor, Department of Education, Plymouth State University

Explore a wide variety of science concepts found in themes from The Wizard of Oz, and practice using the arts to bring science alive.

We’re Off to See the Wizard

Cindy Najem, second grade teacher, Ernest P. Barka Elementary School, Derry, N.H.; Carmen Winchester, fourth grade teacher, Lisbon Elementary School, Lisbon, N.H.

Investigate many different curriculum-based integrated arts lessons for use in the classroom in this hands-on arts workshop.

There’s No Place Like Home

Deb Gibbens, principal, Bow Elementary School, Bow, N.H.; Mervin Marvey Rustenberg, South Africa, PSU student; Kristen Gibbens, ninth grade student, Bow High School

Explore the impact of international arts collaborations on learning about culture, diversity, and ourselves in a dialogue about the Kearsarge Arts Theatre production Hope is Like a Feather, which featured American and South African performers.

… And Your Little Dog, Too!

Bethany Nelson, Harvard Graduate School of Education alumna; Department of Performing Arts, Emerson College, faculty member, drama specialist

Participants will explore the use of drama to improve the social dynamics in K–8 classrooms, using the arts to look at bullies and bystanders (after all, the wicked witch is nothing without her flying monkeys), and explore ways to help students develop skills for dealing with issues of bullying.

If I Only Had a Heart

Shawn Powers, education director, Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, N.H.

This workshop explores the central role emotion plays in learning, as a motivator that crosses all learning styles. Finding the “heart” in curriculum helps students feel a sense of belonging in the classroom and aids in curriculum retention and assessment.

The complete brochure is online at

The workshop fee is $125 and includes lunch, refreshments, a staff development certificate, a teacher resource book and a ticket to the 2 p.m. performance of The Wizard of Oz.
For information or to register by telephone, call Deb Stalnaker, (603) 535-2933.

Professional development graduate credit is available. To discuss earning graduate credit for attending the Integrated Arts Conference, contact Lindberg via e-mail to or by telephone at (603) 535-2647.

ETC is a community arts organization sponsored by the Plymouth State University College of Graduate Studies, Friends of the Arts and Plymouth Elementary School.

The Wizard of Oz will be presented Jan. 21-25 at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, and Feb. 6 and 7 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

Phone (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869 for tickets to the performances in Plymouth, or (603) 225-1111 for tickets to performances in Concord. Tickets for Plymouth performances are also available online at The Capitol Center ticket Web site is

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