kennedy center partners in education

Contact: Tammy Hinds, arts education coordinator,

Kennedy Center Partners in Education is a national program designed to expand educational partnerships between community arts centers and local school districts. Scottsdale Arts, in partnership with Scottsdale Unified School District and Paradise Valley Unified School District, provides participatory workshops for teachers focused on integrating the arts into classroom curricula while addressing the Arizona Academic Standards.

Photo: Betty Hum Photography

Workshop opportunities for 2018-19:

Reading Portraits as Biographies

Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 5 – 6, 2018, 4 – 7 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Art

Join Kennedy Center teaching artist Jessica DiLorenzo to discover ways to motivate and engage your students in the study of biographies and/or historical figures. Portraits are often considered merely a reflection of what a person looks like, when in actuality, they can be read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s life while teaching students how to deeply observe, infer and inquire. Participate in this workshop to learn how to help students unlock the symbolism in portraits, connect biographies with portraiture, use portraits as a point of inquiry for biographical research and create portraits and writings to deepen and assess student understandings.

  • Recommended for teachers of grades 3 – 8

Cut Paper: A Pathway to Creative Writing

Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 – 15, 2018, 4 – 7 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The process of writing stories can be challenging for young authors. In this workshop join the Kennedy Center teaching artist Jamin Carter to explore how students can use scissors, glue and construction paper to create artwork that becomes the bridge between an unformed idea and a unique, descriptive story. Learn to use selected elements of art such as shape, color and space, to connect to story components (character, setting, events, main idea and details). Participants will leave with workable, accessible tools for students to create ideas, think divergently and write creatively.

  • Recommended for teachers of grades 2 – 8

Reading Art Across the Curriculum: Observe, Infer, Inquire

Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 – 21, 2019 4 – 7 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Visual art is a text that students of all reading abilities can access. In this workshop, Kennedy Center teaching artist Jessica DiLorenzo introduces the language of visual art so teachers feel confident looking, thinking and talking about art with their students. Join us to learn about resources for building a library of images that can be used to efficiently build background knowledge, teach content, generate points of inquiry for research and assess understandings in social studies, science and reading.

  • Recommended for teachers of grades 3 – 8