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Mt. Morris Main St. Development

The town of Mt. Morris is bouncing back with the help of veteran developer Greg O’Connell. In this video, shot by students at Mt. Morris High School, we get a look into the mind of this man who is doing so much to jumpstart the economy here.  We get much of his insight into how […]

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Livingston County Ghana Partnerships

Our Buy Local program has taken an amazing international turn.  In an incredible coincidence of history, our Chamber of Commerce starting working with the Rochester Sister Cities Office on an economic/cultural partnership with Ghana at the same time that the State University of New York in Geneseo started working on an academic partnership. Every year […]

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Retsof Salt Mine History

Salt Mining in Livingston County has played a vital role in our economic, cultural, and artistic history.  Here, we see the results of a team of high school students from York Central School (that sits right beside the old mine shaft) and folklorist Karen Canning working with original documents and stories from old timers in […]

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Akwaaba – The Genesee Valley Children’s Choir

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Instructional Project Ideas for Teachers and Teaching Artists

The Instructional Design The instructional design is very flexible and allows each participating teacher and teaching artist to develop a unique project. It is based on a combination of standard arts-based learning curriculum, Understanding By Design (UBD) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Furthermore, the curriculum assumes a “constructivist” orientation that places hands-on student activities […]

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Architecture Exploration

This Arts Integration project engaged 12-13 year old students in a small, rural school in upstate New York in a multi-disciplinary exploration of a medieval cathedral. Instead of studying History, Math, Art History, and Music in separate classes, these students studied key curriculum concepts by analyzing the components of Chartres Cathedral and then expressing their […]

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Barn Raising

The Arts in Education world has witnessed an explosion of interest and sophistication in the work of teaching artists, educators, researchers, and arts managers over the last few years. Even in the face of dwindling financial resources, the level of service and creativity continues to rise in communities around the country. Current research has elevated […]

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Press Creation Package

The Packet Includes: 1. A an overview of the process used to generate extensive media coverage of the performance 2. Worksheets used to guide students in creating advertisements and soliciting support from groups of people in the Genesee Valley/Rochester community Download Full Article (pdf)

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Receptive Arts Activity

Existing works of Art carry with them elements of History, Science, Math, and Language Arts. These elements are built into the content, medium/form, and the historical/cultural context of the creator(s). Students observe curriculum connections in a work of art (visual, music, dance, drama, storytelling, etc.). This activity can be framed around a Document Based Question […]

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Roles of the Teaching Artist, Teacher, and More

Teaching Artist Roles in Curriculum Integration The Teaching Artist may function in any one, or any combination of these roles. 1. Teaching Artist as Presenter– The artist presents their work in a demonstration. The work is connected to designated curriculum and students/teachers are lead through the process of “mining” relevant information and skills. The artistic […]

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