Space available at annual arts institute

Space available at annual arts institute South Dakota teachers are eligible for scholarships to attend the Arts Education Institute at Black Hills State University, June 23-27, in Spearfish. Institute participants earn two units of graduate credit.

The institute is sponsored by South Dakotans for the Arts, Black Hills State University and the South Dakota Arts Council, which provides scholarship funding.

In its fifth year, the Arts Education Institute offers an educational and fun-filled week of learning to integrate the arts into classrooms and write curriculum for music, special education and visual art.

"Visual Arts K-8" taught by Dianne Doughty and Ted Martin and "Visual Arts 8-12" taught by Bonnie Halsey Dutton are specifically designed for K-12 classroom teachers and administrators and include basic understanding of visual art content standards and curriculum development.

"Music Standards in Practice" taught by Christine Leichtnam is for K-12 music educators and will provide a step-by-step process that will lead to life-long involvement in music for students.

According to Shari Kosel, program director for South Dakotans for the Arts, "This is the second year a new course is offered for Special Education Teachers and Administrators. '"Arts for Special Education' taught by John V. Nelson with Tom Roberts and Wendy Mendoza will focus on the arts and special education with hands-on activities and collaboration. Teachers will improve arts-integrated teaching and learning through the multiple-intelligence theory with theater and writing incorporated into this course," she said.

All courses are offered in the mornings Monday through Friday.

The following afternoon workshops are included in the institute and still have space available: Basic Digital Printing Techniques taught by Steve

Babbitt; Batik and Wax-Resist for the Classroom taught by Bob H. Miller; World Drumming taught by Gloria Brandt Harrison and No-Fear Performance taught by Tom Roberts. All workshops are offered in the afternoons Monday through Thursday.

"This is a popular institute for teachers across the state and class size is limited," said Kosel. "We have all the course information and the registration form available on the Web. Anyone interested can print the information and send their registration form in along with their check or school voucher."

To access the Arts Education Institute brochure and registration form, please go to: or and follow the Arts Education Institute (AEI) link.

Tuition for the institute is $275 and includes morning courses, afternoon workshops, a "Show and Tell" Social and two units of credit from Black Hills

State University. Scholarships in the amount of $160 will be awarded to every South Dakota K-12 teacher participating and will be presented immediately following the Institute.

Housing and meals are not included. For information, contact Shari Kosel at South Dakotans for the Arts, (605) 722-1467 or e-mail

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