Weber State University
Arts Integration Conference
Friday, March 28, 2014
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Professor of Dance, Weber State University
Creative and Critical Thinking:
An Active Arts Learning Approach
How are these two crucial thinking processes linked? This session will get participants actively experiencing how the arts (dance in particular) and mathematics can reinforce each other and develop creative and critical thinking skills.
Erik Stern and collaborator Karl Schaffer are co-artistic directors of The Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, and have been revealing the surprising connections between dance and mathematics for more than twenty years. Their book Math Dance, written with Scott Kim, is a step-by-step supplement to the workshops and performances they have conducted internationally. With backgrounds in science, mathematics and the arts, Stern and Schaffer’s activities get at the heart of creative and critical thinking, connect to state and national standards in both disciplines, which led to their becoming Teaching Artists with the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program. Stern’s participatory keynote on critical and creative thinking was originally developed in his role as a Lead Teaching Artist with the “Straight A’s: Arts Advance Academic Achievement Summer Institute,” a federally funded multi-year program for Birmingham, Alabama inner-city 4th grade teachers. Stern is professor in Weber State University’s Department of Performing Arts. Check out his TEDxTalk!
Professor of Music, Weber State University
Music and Imagination: Exploring Connections between Music, Language Arts and Mathematics
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore their understanding of music, language and rhythmic durations through movement and brainstorming.
Thomas Priest serves as Director of Music Education at Weber State University. Priest’s writing appears in Contributions to Music Education, The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Music Educators Journal, Psychology of Music, and The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. He has served as Vice President of Higher Education on the Utah Music Educator's Executive Board. Priest holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, a Masters of Music degree in Bassoon from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in music from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana.
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning, Weber State University
Creative Drama and Puppetry in the Classroom
In this introductory workshop, educators will learn how to incorporate creative drama and puppetry into their classroom in order to enhance their own teaching and expand learning opportunities for students. From an elementary classroom to a community center, a preschool to a park, these teaching tools can be utilized with all ages in a variety of settings.
Tamara Goldbogen currently serves as the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning at Weber State University. An educator and administrator in community engagement and theatre for young audiences, Goldbogen has a combined 20 years’ of work with professional theatres, nonprofit organizations, festivals, and universities: Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Spoleto Festival USA, and the University of Pittsburgh. She serves on the Theatre for Young Audiences/USA board of directors. Goldbogen holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin.
Molly Morin & Julian Chan
Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, Weber State University
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Weber State University
Describing Sculpture Through Counting and Calculating
In this workshop, participants will use algebra and geometry to describe the physical properties of sculpture and apply mathematical concepts in building works of art. Teachers will walk away with a class sample and a model for building a math lesson around a work of art.
Molly Morin is an Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator for the Department of Visual Arts at Weber State University. Morin uses digital methods, including computer coding, 3D modeling, and digital photo-editing to produce work that explores the difficult relationship between information and meaning. Her projects visualize data sets generated from a wide range of texts, from poetry to text messages, and reflect on the impact of communication technology on daily life. Morin has worked with the Notre Dame Digital Visualization Theater and the Center for Research Computing to produce collaborative code-based work and exhibits nationally at university and community galleries. She received her MFA from Clemson University and her BFA from The University of Notre Dame. www.mollymorin.com
Julian Chan has been a mathematics educator for over eight years and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Weber State University. His teaching practices focus on inquiry based learning, and making math interesting for students. He has a PhD in Mathematics, and Masters in Statistics from the University of Utah.
Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto
This exhibition features the artist, Motoi Yamamoto, creating a salt installation—a piece named Floating Garden—along with a series of recent drawings, photography, sketchbooks, a video about the artist, and a 170-page color catalogue documenting fourteen years of the artist’s saltworks around the world. http://www.motoi.biz
Our programming is supported by generous funding from:
Sorenson Legacy Foundation
Val A. Browning Charitable Foundation
Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities
Marriner S. Eccles Foundation
Utah State Office of Education
(Thomas Priest photo provided by: Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities)