North Carolina Executive Directors' Conference

January 20-22, 2016
Camp Caraway Conference Center
Asheboro, N.C.

The North Carolina Arts Council will present a two-day professional development conference for local arts council executive directors on Wednesday, Jan.  20— Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Join colleagues from across the state to explore strategies to strengthen North Carolina’s Creative State brand through the local arts council network. Conference sessions will feature speakers and panels on engaging diverse audiences and creative placemaking. The retreat will also provide time for peer connections and relaxation in an informal setting.

The conference will take place at Camp Caraway, a retreat center located in Asheboro. Located in the center of the state, Asheboro is home the Randolph Arts Guild and the North Carolina Zoo, our partners for the conference. Camp Caraway offers single or double rooms in a serene, wooded setting with hiking trails.

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Follow-up documents

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County: Arts Integration Institute

The Arts Integration Institute is a partnership program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Started in 2004, the Institute provides teacher professional development in arts integration and the use of multiple intelligences. At the end of the Institute, teachers are able to:

  • Design collaborative lesson plans that integrate the arts and address multiple intelligences
  • Engage school and community in arts integration
  • Identify resources available for arts integration in schools, including teaching artists in the state and country available for residency work

The Institute is open to four-person teams from elementary schools:

  1. An administrator
  2. A classroom teacher
  3. A music, dance, drama or visual art teacher; and
  4. A parent

Participants work with artists in teams divided into two tracks: immersion (for new schools) and advanced (for returning schools). At the end of the Institute, immersion schools take away two linked lesson plans (classroom and art teacher) while advanced schools take away one thematic unit with multiple lesson plans. Immersion schools also receive a day of follow up which includes coaching, feedback, and assistance in developing their lesson plans.

The Institute is hosted in June in the Triangle and is open to approximately 80 individuals from 20 schools.

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