Summer Arts in Education Institute

June 14th, 2002 by Adam


Plymouth State College presents the 2002 Summer Arts in Education Institute (AIE), “The Arts Partnership: Inclusion and Integration,” Sunday through Friday, July 7-12, on the PSC campus.

The AIE program, which has evolved over six years at Plymouth State College, has been selected by VSA Arts in Washington, D.C., as a national model for the integration of the arts into inclusionary classrooms.

“Our program provides an opportunity for educators to get hands-on experience working with artists who have demonstrated teaching experience and commitment to inclusionary and integrated education,” explains Bill Haust, chair of PSC’s art department and co-director of the program with Wendy Clark, North Country coordinator of VSA Arts New Hampshire. “It is designed to redefine the role of the arts in schools and to establish stronger relationships between the arts and academic disciplines.”

AIE 2002 is an intensive week-long series of professional development workshops designed for elementary and secondary classroom teachers, special educators and specialists in visual art, music, theatre and dance. Participants will explore how the arts of music, theatre, dance, visual art, poetry, technology and crafts become the media of success with learners of all abilities. They will also investigate the interdisciplinary components of the integrated classroom and experience how to develop successful inclusionary teaching methods that will make their instruction accessible to all students.

The workshop may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit and is available for non-credit continuing education units. The workshop is sponsored by the PSC departments of art and graduate studies in education, as well as VSA Arts NH. Past participants have included school volunteers, school board members, administrators, non-teaching school professionals, college and university faculty, teacher education students and parents.

For workshop information, contact Bill Haust via telephone at 535-3001 or e-mail him at Registration information is available at for graduate credit or at for undergraduate credit or continuing education noncredit CEUs. Telephone registration is available at (603) 535-2734 for graduate credit and at (603) 535-2822 for undergraduate and noncredit options.