Notes from Program Committee Conference Call
Monday, February 6, 2017 – 3:30-4:30 PM
Lora Frankel and Ramona Burns (VSAMI coordinator of Community Development) called the meeting to order at 3:02 PM, welcomed everyone and conducted a roll call.
The following people participated in the call:
- Susan Burack, VSAMI program coordinator, Copper Country
- Kathy Cole, Genesee County Club Create coordinator
- Kathy Christensen, teacher consultant, Washtenaw ISD
- Deb Duranczyk, teacher consultant, Washtenaw ISD
- Susan Fitzmaurice, VSAMI coordinator of Cultural Access and Inclusionary Arts Services
- Emily Hudson, chair VSAMI-Genesee Affiliate committee, Genesee ISD ASD teacher, VSAMI Program Committee co-chair
- Hubert Massey, muralist, VSAMI teaching artist
- Luanne Peterson, Associate Superintendent of Special Education, Marquette-Alger RESA
- Jody Stark, chair VSAMI Southeast Regional Festival, registered music therapist, owner/director Creative Arts Therapies
- Katherine Suender, art educator, Deerfield Elementary School, Avondale School District
- Carolyn White, VSAMI past chair and current board member, former director of Human Services and Special Education, Highland Park Schools
Lora asked if anyone had any questions about the VSAMI education programs, professional development, inclusionary arts and cultural access and awareness programs. Hearing none, she gave a brief overview of the National/International VSA programs
- VSAMI Emerging Artists Touring Exhibit– June 7 deadline for submitting art online; VSAMI submits age appropriate works of art that have been submitted to the annual VSAMI Emerging Artists Touring Exhibit
- Young Soloist and Playwrights Discovery Award]s – information about these programs can be accessed online at the Kennedy Center VSA webpage
- Intersections Conference – August 6-7, 2017 in Austin, Texas – A conference for educators and teaching artists who provide arts education to students with disabilities. Ramona and Lora are making a presentation on the residency program that is currently taking place at the Bloomfield Hills Schools PREP (Transition) program in which students are engaged in storytelling, drama, dance, visual arts, song writing and recording and filmmaking. The residency will culminate with the students’ film documentation of their creative work, which will be shown at the Intersections Conference.
Participants talked about the programs that are most valuable to them to guide the establishment of future VSAMI programmatic priorities. Following are the programs cited as most valuable to the participants:
- Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program – Emily mentioned the many (23) 10-week residencies that are taking place in the Genesee ISD classrooms. Deb and Kathy mentioned the AIR program that is currently taking place with Kevin Collins as teaching artist at High Point School in Ann Arbor. Susan Burack reported that the AIR program has been so valuable to the Copper County Learning Center that the ISD has found funding internally to hire teaching artists for the past couple of years. Last year it was percussionist Bill Anderson; this year it is visual artist Chris Davis. Carolyn mentioned that it is her vision for VSAMI to provide the AIR program in the Detroit schools.
- Emily indicated that she would like to see the artsJAM program revived.
- Emerging Artists Touring Exhibit – noted by Katherine Suender. Lora encouraged everyone to submit artwork for the 2017-2018 exhibit, so that there will be greater representation from communities throughout the state. She also asked participants to host the exhibit in their communities. Katherine has volunteered to take some of the artwork in the 2017-2018 exhibit to the Michigan Art Education Association conference, which will take place at the Grand Traverse Resort in the fall. She will encourage MAEA members to submit the artwork of their students and will make a presentation about VSAMI, the exhibit and the work that she does to prepare and enter her students’ work in the tour. She cited the MAEA method of submitting the work regionally, which then gets to a central location where it is juried for exhibition at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and the selection of the MAEA Governor’s Exhibit that travels during the school year. Lora announced that the deadline for submitting artwork for the 2017-2018 exhibit will be Friday, May 26. The VSAMI Call for Art will be up on the VSAMI website soon, along with the entry form.
- Kathy Cole mentioned the Club Create that she founded that take place once a month in an art studio in Swartz Creek, and the spin off Club Create that now takes place in Clarkston. Club Create is a gathering of adults who enjoy making art and socializing with one another. Katherine indicated that she is a member of the Clarkston Cultural Council that meets at the same art gallery in Clarkston, Picasso’s Grapevine, the first Tuesday of the month. Perhaps Kathy could make a presentation to the Council to inform them of the program.
- Susan Burack mentioned the Copper Country VSA art classthat has been going for over 25 years. It takes place every Monday with the exception of the months of January and February at Oak House, a group home in Hancock. Community Mental Health clients are brought to the Oak House VSA studio to participate, and local artists are contracted to teach their art each month.
- Emily mentioned the art sales that the Genesee County VSA committee has earned through a rotating art gallery established at a local doctors’ office. It was suggested that this program could be implemented in other communities, and that art galleries and sales could be established at local businesses and corporations.
Participants made suggestions regarding the procurement of funds for VSA programming. Some suggestions were: Go Fund It, Knights of Columbus, Rotary, Kiwanis, Meemic, MCACA residency and mini-grants, Art Trek grants managed and awarded by Michigan Youth Arts. Lora indicated that she will again be available to assist members in applying for the Arts in Education Residency grants provided by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. She suggested that members think about getting started on planning those projects as soon as possible.The deadline for submitting MCACA grant applications is June 1, 2017.
The conversation then focused on awareness/PR. It was suggested that the VSAMI website be used to promote activities that people around the state could participate in, such as naming an Artist of the Month. Lora and Ramona will develop a nominating form for members to use to nominate young artists for this honor. Katherine indicated that she takes photographs of her students holding their artwork, before she submits it to the VSA touring exhibit. We could publish a photo and artist’s statement each month along with samples of the artist’s artwork.
It was also decided that the VSAMI office send out monthly eBlasts to keep members informed of activities and opportunities that are happening statewide.
The following activities will be happening in the future:
- February 28, March 1 and 2 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – VSA Festival at Genesee ISD Marion Crouse Instructional Center, Flushing
- May 9 – Genesee Project Choice VSA Festival at Mott Community College Northern Tier, Clio
- March 24 – Cool City Art Auction – 5:00-8:00 PM – Flint Farmer’s Market
- May 11 – VSA Festival at Genesee ISD Early Childhood Programs and Services, Flint
- May 12 – Southeast Regional VSA Festival – 9:30 am – 1:00 pm – U of M – Dearborn
- May 16, 17, 18 – VSA Festival at Genesee ISD Elmer Knopf Learning Center
- May 18-20 – Michigan Youth Arts Festival – WMU, Kalamazoo – high school and transition students whose artwork is in the 2016-2017 touring exhibit will be invited to attend the festival, as will the students in the PREP class in Bloomfield Hills.
- May 25 – Genesee Project Choice VSA Festival at Flint Institute of Arts
- June 8 – VSAMI Ignite the Magic! Breakfast – 8:00-9:00 am – Hall of Nations, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 East Kirby, Detroit
- August 20-22 – VSAMI Community of Practice Workshop – Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, Higgins Lake, Roscommon
- October 19 – VSAMI Cross the Red Carpet into Artfundraiser – 6:00-9:30 pm – St. John’s Banquet & Conference Center, Southfield
We need to select our2017 Educator of the Year before the end of February. We seek educators who have made a significant contribution arts education for students through VSAMI programs. Attached is a nomination form. Please submit your nominations by February 20.
Lora suggested that everyone should put the August 20-22 workshop on their calendars. It’s an experience not to be missed!!
The members decided to have a phone conference every other month. The date for the next meeting is Monday, April 10 – 3:30-4:30 pm.
The conversation ended at 4:30 pm.