The Arts: Inclusion and Accessibility

April 23rd, 2001 by Adam

Plymouth State College presents the 2001 Summer Arts in Education Institute (AIE), “The Arts: Inclusion and Accessibility,” Sunday through Friday, July 8 to 13, on the PSC campus.

“The Arts in Education Institute is an annual professional development workshop designed to redefine the role of the arts in schools and to establish stronger relationships between the arts and academic disciplines,” explains Professor Bill Haust, chair of PSC’s art department and co-director of the program with Wendy Clark of VSA Arts NH. “This year’s focus on arts and disabilities will be of interest to anyone working in schools today.”

Participants will explore the relationship between the arts and special education for learners of all ages with disabilities. They will discover how music, theatre, dance, visual art, poetry, media arts and the 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.

AIE 2001 is designed for elementary and secondary classroom teachers, special educators and art specialists in visual art, music, theatre and dance. Participants have included school volunteers, school board members, administrators, non-teaching school professionals, college and university faculty, teacher education students and parents. The workshop may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit, or non-credit continuing education units. The workshop is sponsored by the PSC Departments of Art and Graduate Studies in Education and VSA Arts NH.

For more information, call Bill Haust at (603) 535-3001 or e-mail him at, or visit the Summer Arts in Education Institute Web page at Registration information is available through the PSC Office of Graduate Studies in Education, MSC 38G, Plymouth State College, Plymouth NH 03264 (603) 535-2636.

Staff and workshops for PSC’s 2001 Summer Arts in Education Institute include:


Segun Olormfemi, director of VSA Arts Nigeria, Africa, and internationally prominent artist will be the artist-in-residence during the institute. Olormfemi will teach a variety of indigenous African art techniques including batik on rice paper and sand painting, among others, that can be adapted to the classroom for all learners.

Marcy Schepker, New Hampshire weaver and toy maker, is a member of the League of New Hampshire craftsmen and has represented the state twice at the International Very Special Arts Festival in Belgium. She leads workshops involving carding, rolling and weaving wool into a large tapestry created by a group working together.

Presenting Artists

Michael Zerphy – “Clowning Around (Very Seriously)” Clowning, physical comedy, storytelling, music, masks and puppets create a magical world where the commonplace becomes majestic and every day holds the promise of a new beginning.

Becky Rule, Diana Durham and Maren Tirabassi – “Page To Stage: Listening To All the Voices” Encouraging students to write for collaborative performance and shape creative writing exercises into a dramatically unified presentation.

Roger Essley – “Telling-Boards: Pictures To Telling To Writing” Explore how students can use tellingboards as a powerful prewriting tool to build their own stories and create unique picture books.

Rachel Tardelli – “Color Painting on Silk” Paint on silk using watercolor-like designs. Every painting(and every artist) is a success.

Tracy Penfield – “There’s a Dancer in My Body” Movement can be a channel into oceans of knowledge, including reading, writing and other academic skills, as well as personal and social development. This workshop will provide experience with tools to access the dancer in every body.

Genevieve Aichele and Blair Hundertmark – “Teen Outreach Peer Theatre” Students create short open-ended scenes around issues relevant to them is a powerful tool for students at risk or with physical, learning or emotional disabilities, giving them a voice in a productive environment where their energies are harnessed into a structured performance around their own concerns.

Betsy Giberson – “The Possibilities of the Hand-Made Book” Let artistic expression be possible and successful for everyone and empower students to be the artists they already are.

Mike and Beverly Rogers – “Hands-On Harmonica Workshop” for special needs students help participants learn to co-operate and perform as a group, learning respect for one another and developing feelings of accomplishment and self worth.

Steve Ferraris – “Instrument Making/Rhythm Making” Instrument making and rhythm exercises effectively “level the playing field” in the classroom. Participants will learn to make several basic percussion instruments, such as the Afro-Cuban clave and the African shekere.

Alice Ogden – “Accessible Basket Making” A simple approach to making a basket from a tree native to New Hampshire.

Arts Educators

Bill Haust, Wendy Clark and Cynthia Vascak will lead workshops in inclusionary and integrated curriculum development and assessment, using VSA Arts National Curriculum Models. They will guide participants through the creation of a curriculum model for implementation in schools.