The Connecticut Office of the Arts, in partnership with Oddfellows Playhouse, is offering three (3) professional development workshops for Connecticut Teaching Artists of all ages, art forms, regions and levels of experience. Participants in these workshops will have the opportunity in March 2020 to apply for up to $2,000 in funding to support Teaching Artist Mentorships between veteran teaching artists and artists ‘newer to the field’ to co-lead residencies in schools, museums or other settings.
WORKSHOP #1
Tuesday, February 11, 6 – 9 pm: What Will You Do? with Christopher Eaves
This workshop will explore the diversity of challenges that one may face in a classroom, or in making a life as a Teaching Artist and offer tools to manage those challenges. This may include dealing with non-supportive classroom teachers, classroom management, shifting expectations, negotiating fees, or a host of other things.
  • Location: Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown
  • Dinner will be served at 6 pm, workshop begins at 6:30.
  • The first 20 people to register will receive a $30 stipend for attending the workshop.
About the Presenter:
Christopher Eaves is the artistic director of eavesdrop®, a New York City theatre and arts education collective dedicated to producing new American theatre and to the instruction of the arts and arts-integrated experiences for learners of all ages and abilities. He currently serves as the Connecticut Office of the Arts’ Advisor to The HOT Approach. Previously, he served as Associate Director for Professional Development for the COA’s Higher Order Thinking Schools program. Christopher is a Bureau of International Information Programs, U. S. Department of State speaker, a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and a member of the Monacan Indian Nation.
WORKSHOP #2
Thursday, February 20, 6 – 9 pm: Cultivating Equity and Inclusion: Reflections and Strategies for Teaching Artists with Trenda Loftin
Anchored in personal and professional reflection, participants will be offered tools for examining personal bias and structural inequity within artistic and teaching practices. This interactive, skill-building, workshop intends to leave participants with questions to ponder and strategies to integrate.
  • Location: Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown
  • Dinner will be served at 6 pm, workshop begins at 6:30.
  • The first 20 people to register will receive a $30 stipend for attending the workshop.
About the Presenter:
Trenda M. Loftin (she/her) is a black, queer performance artist and educator. As the co-chair of GLSEN-Massachusetts, and co-owner of Real Live Theatre (Sunderland, MA), she is committed to integrating artistic expression and the wholeness of complicated identities into all elements of her work. For additional information: www.trendaloftin.com
WORKSHOP #3
Tuesday, February 25, 6 – 9 pm: What Makes Mentorship Work? with Alice Quaresma
From the earliest days of humanity, trades have developed through mentors and apprentices, and this is just as true of teaching artists. Experience counts, but new energy is vital to the field as well. This workshop will explore the ingredients of a great mentorship, as well as help teaching artists identify mentorship partners and prepare an application for funding.
  • Location: Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown
  • Dinner will be served at 6 pm, workshop begins at 6:30.
  • The first 20 people to register will receive a $30 stipend for attending the workshop.
About the Presenter:
Alice Quaresma is a New York based photographer and visual artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. She has mentored many artists and is a passionate artist and teacher.
To register for any of the three workshops, email info@oddfellows.org.
Please include your name, email, cell phone number and art form(s).
MENTORSHIP PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS
The following session is open to teaching artists who attended at least two (2) of the three (3) above-mentioned workshops.
Wednesday, March 18, 6 – 9 pm: Mentorship Proposal Presentations
An opportunity to present your partnership plan to an experienced panel of judges. Pairs will have 15 minutes to present their plan to the panel. Five (5) teams will be selected to receive up to $2,000 in funding for a residency or project that will serve the field while providing a learning experience for both artists.
  • Location: Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown
  • Dinner will be served at 6 pm, workshop begins at 6:30.
  • You must attend two (2) out of the three (3) workshops to apply for a Teaching Artist Mentorship grant.