Innovative Educators Institute: Entanglement

July 9, 2018 - 10:00am - July 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

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Innovative Educators Institute: Entanglement
July 9-13, 2018
Faculty member: Rina Kundu
Participating artists: Reggie Wilson, Arianne King Comer, Portia Cobb, LaNia Sproles

Admission to the IEI is by invitation. If you are interested in participating, please contact Anna Grosch at

Lynden operates as a laboratory at the intersection of art, nature, and culture. We have been working with UWM's Art Education program for several years to develop a place-based K-12 curriculum that provides hands-on experiences that integrate our collection of monumental sculpture and temporary installations, as well as our community of artists, with the natural ecology of park, pond, and woodland Thanks to the generous support of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, we have been able to build the IEI into an intensive, hands-on, year-round professional teacher development experience that tests approaches to sustaining and supporting early career (years 1-5) teachers who are committed to teaching through the arts.

The institute runs in three-year cycles, and is built around cross-disciplinary, school-based teams. These teams are typically made up of an art educator and one or two generalists or teachers with other academic specializations. The focus is on teaching interdisciplinary, arts-integrated strategies and methodologies that are easily adapted to the classroom. We also believe that making time for art and reinvigorating one's personal art practice have a positive impact on teachers and teaching—whether or not you are an art specialist. In addition, we make resources and opportunities available to the classrooms of participating teachers throughout the year, including hands-on field trips to Lynden and school-based residencies with Institute artists.

Each year the Institute is built around a different theme. The theme for 2018-2019 is Entanglement. Entanglement provides a metaphor for a non-hierarchical, reciprocal approach to thought, creativity, and expression—and a dynamic understanding of place as a web of movements, actions, and materials. Entanglements call us into connection, shaping us as we intra-act with people, flora, fauna, objects, structures, and culture. Our learning about entanglement will be grounded in Lynden’s local phenomena, artifacts, and environment in relation to our own experiences, memories, and histories. Using movement, making, and writing, we will explore the fluid and flexible processes of the experiential, the affective, the haptic, and the performative that construct and connect us to place.

The 2017-2018 cycle of the IEI begins with a summer intensive from July 9-13, 2018. A toolkit of art-based, cross-disciplinary strategies will be developed that will be augmented by outdoor hands-on experiences with artists Reggie Wilson, Arianne King Comer, Portia Cobb and others. The institute includes an independent study period to prepare for an exhibition and to complete curriculum projects. Final projects will be exhibited and presented at Lynden on August 3, 2018. The institute also includes two day-long, in-service workshops, on December 1, 2018 and February 23, 2019, for the entire group; a shorter in-service on May 21, 2019 in connection with the IEI’s facilitation of the ArtsECO MeetUp that month; ongoing teamwork on implementation of the new curriculum; and classroom visits from Institute staff throughout the school year.

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