February 13, 2007

Faire promotes arts in curriculum

Teachers participate in a workshop at last year’s Arts Resources Faire.
Teachers participate in a workshop at last year’s Arts Resources Faire

Regional K-12 teachers, administrators and student teachers will gather together at Sacramento State for the seventh annual Arts Resource Faire, an all-day event that teaches educators how to incorporate the arts into the classroom. The free event is set for Saturday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the University Union.

Participants will have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, attend workshops and view exhibits to learn more about arts integration, strategies and easy techniques for a variety of art media. Workshops will illustrate how genres such as visual arts, music, theatre and dance can be built into the classroom curriculum.

“This year, for every school district in California, there is new state funding earmarked for the visual and performing arts,” says Sacramento State professor and faire coordinator Crystal Olson. “Because of this funding, districts will have the opportunity to support teachers with professional development, materials and supplies to deliver the arts to K-12 students. At this faire, participants can learn about the power of the arts to transform classrooms and schools.”

The event will open with the El Camino High School Jazz Band followed by a keynote address by Nancy Carr, the California Department of Education Consultant for the Visual and Performing Arts.

The faire is sponsored by the California Arts Council; Phi Delta Kappa—Sacramento chapter; Sacramento Chalk It Up!; Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission; Rudolf Steiner College and University Enterprises, Inc.

One unit of University credit is available for a fee, as well as approved professional development hours for area teachers.

Free parking is available in Parking Structure II. For a campus map, visit www.csus.edu/pa/pdf/campusmap1005.pdf. For more information, contact Olson at (916) 278-4237 or visit www.edweb.csus.edu/events/20070224/index.html. For media requests, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.