This is a project to build skills through the Arts
in students with disabilities and collaborative skills in
Teaching Artists and Teachers in Special Education settings.
This program is provided under a contract with the
801 Davis St., St. Peter, MN 56082
Host Teacher: Kelsey Hutchins, Work Experience Coordinator
Teaching Artist: Juana Arias, Arts Center of Saint Peter
Description: Students will learn about being a commissioned artist, public art, the process and techniques to create and install a tile mural in a public space. These activities will address team appropriate, social interactions, share ideas, resolve conflicts, problem solving, coping strategies and working with tools.
6601 Xylon Ave N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Host Teacher: Brian Burns, Focus Special Education Teacher
Teaching Artist: Jamie Winter Dawson, Visual Artist
Description: Students will learn about what it looks like to be an artist within the Twin Cities. They will visit professional artist studios and create art using the same materials demonstrated. These activities will address focusing on the process from the beginning to end—setting a goal, project management and how to navigate problems.
Site: Castle Elementary
6675 50th St N, Oakdale, MN 55128
Host Teacher: Susan Rensted, 3rd Grade Teacher
Teaching Artist: Lindsay McCaw, Theater and Visual Artist
Description: Students will learn about the process and techniques to create a painted mural. These activities will address building community, what it means to stand up to bully and how to stand up for each other, taking turns, following directions, and sequencing.
Site: Transition Plus
403 Jackson St, Suite 206, Anoka, MN 55303
Host Teacher: Terri Breems, Special Education Teacher
Teaching Artist: Anne Krocak, Public Artist
Description: Students will learn how to create a clay tile and the mosaic process or create a concrete sculpture from start to finish. These activities will address develop coping strategies, exploring and being aware of a leisure activity, and participating in an activity that gives back to the community.
Site: Willmar High School
2701 30th St. NE, Willmar, MN 56201
Host Teacher: Chad Owens, EBD Teacher
Teaching Artist: Nikki Bettcher-Erickson, Actor, Director, Theater Artist
Description: Students will learn how to create a documentary video that will address these three questions: Where have I been? What can I do? Where am I going? These activities will address transition/work skills, goal setting and social skills.
Site: Cleveland Elementary
919 Northern Ave, Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Host Teacher: Barb Zempel, Special Education Teacher
Teaching Artist: Carol Anne Hough, Playwright
Description: Students will learn about theater (how to use voice, movement and props) and wetland animals when they rehearse and perform the play “Wetland Adventures.” These activities will address movement, vocabulary, social skills and trying new and challenging activities.
Site: Ely High School
600 E Harvey Street, Ely, MN 55731
Host Teacher: Amanda Solum, Special Education Teacher
Teaching Artist: Nicole Selmer, Papermaking, Printing, Bookmaking
Description: Students will learn the process of silkscreen printing, tools and ongoing evaluation. These activities will address self-advocacy, sequencing and organization skills.