Sources of Inspiration: A Conference for Teachers and Librarians
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum are pleased to announce a conference for teachers and librarians of grades 3-8 on April 1, 2015. The conference builds on John F. Kennedy's eloquent advocacy for the arts. He asked two renowned artists—poet Robert Frost and singer Marian Anderson—to participate in his inauguration, and honored many others during his presidency. John and Jacqueline Kennedy made the White House a center for celebrating and uplifting cultural life in America. This spring, we invite teachers to think about how we can use stories about artists to enhance the teaching of history and other subjects in the classroom, and how a photograph, painting, play or other work of art can open doors to the past in a day of learning at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Attendees will spend a day with award-winning creators of children's nonfiction and outstanding educators to explore ways of integrating the arts into the curriculum and inspiring students' own creativity. During morning sessions, authors and illustrators Robert Burleigh, Bryan Collier and Elizabeth Partridge will share their books about artists and discuss the challenges and rewards of writing about the arts for young learners. Afternoon sessions will allow participants opportunities for hands-on learning about strategies for incorporating the arts in the classroom through Visual Thinking Strategies, drama, art based writing and how to build a strong collection of books on art and artists in a classroom or library.
We hope you will join us for this inspiring day, April 1, 2015 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Click here to download a pdf of the conference brochure including a registration form. Have questions about the conference? Click here to email Education Specialist Celena Illuzzi or call 617-201-7223.