Grounds For Scuplture, Hamilton, NJ

The 2014 Connect Arts Education Conference took place on

 Wednesday, September 17 - Thursday, September 18, 2014

at the newly renovated Grounds for Sculpture Seward Johnson Center for the Arts
18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619

CONNECT with your colleagues and some of New Jersey's most influential Arts Education Leaders for two days of dynamic presentations, interactive workshops and art making opportunities. Make connections, renew your practice and learn new skills.


6.5 minute PowerPoint 
Presentations on topics


The History of Book Arts
Art for Social Transformation
Dynamic Presentations for
  Residency Interviews
Incorporating STEAM 
Using Metaphors to Teach
and more!


Philip Alexander, Ph.D., 
Director of the NY State Alliance for Arts Education, will draw on research in education & neuroscience to demonstrate how authentic arts experiences develop and reinforce key cognitive and behavioral skills. Using a variety of interactive examples, he connects research to improve practice & connect to the Common Core


Join us for a free drink 
during our networking 
hour Wednesday at 5pm


            MAKERSPACES                            WALK-IN SALON

Hands-on art making workshops:
Ukranian Egg Painting
Book Arts
Recycled Cities
Drawing from Nature  


  Open forums designed by you for you! What issues are important to you? 
Share your ideas or art work.


    Map & Directions to Grounds for Sculpture by car or train



    September 18-19, 2013

    Click Here for Highlights of the Conference 





    February 21 & 22, 2012

    at the Arts Council of Princeton

     Interested in the field of creative aging? Want to learn how the arts can engage older adults through life review, reminiscence and personal story? And help advance a national curriculum for arts programming directed to seniors and their caregivers?

     On the evening of Tuesday, February 21st and all day on Wednesday on February 22nd, the Arts Council of Princeton will be one of only three sites in the US to present this training for teaching artists in arts & aging in its 2012 pilot phase. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and organized by the National Center for Creative Aging, the 2012 NCCA Arts & Aging Core Training aims to impart the use of life stories by artists when working with older adults and their caregivers. A follow-up session will take place on Wednesday, April 4th, to review post-training experiences. Please see attached document for more details.

     A public lecture by Susan Perlstein, founder of the National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts, kicks off the training on Tuesday evening, February 21st. The lecture is free but registration is required. Please contact Andrea Honoré, or 609-924-8777 to register for the public lecture.

     The training itself will take place on Wednesday, February 22nd. There is limited space in the training sessions, so preference will be given to artists who are currently working with seniors, are professionally trained as artists, and who have substantial teaching experience.

    A letter of support from a senior center, residential facility, or organization serving seniors where you work should accompany your application, which can be found on the website of the Arts Council of Princeton:, under “Call for Artists.” Applications to attend the NCCA Art & Aging Core Training for Teaching Artists are due by January 15, 2012.


    CREATE 365

         Teaching Artist Conference 

    SEPTEMBER 13 & 14, 2011

    at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ 

      Keynote Speaker -Noah Scalin  

      Activist, Artist and Author of 

    365: A Creativity Journal:

      Make Something Everyday and Change Your Life

     This 2-day event included panel discussions, presentations, group discussions, hands-on workshops, reflection time and networking opportunities.

     Click on LINK to see a video with images from CREATE 365 

    Click on LINK to download a copy of the



    Creative Resource Sharing During the Recession


    Thursday October 15th
    9:30AM – 1:00pm
    Registration, coffee and networking 9:00AM – 9:30AM

    Grounds for Sculpture,
    Seward Johnson Center for the Arts
    Hamilton, NJ

    Executive directors, education directors and other key administrators of arts education, cultural and service organizations, and teaching artists, among others, are invited to participate in a day dedicated to proactive creative thinking and collaboration!

    Listen, learn from, share and discuss with your colleagues in the field about organizational mergers, shared staffing and shared space and material resources among many possible ideas. YOU and other participants determine the breakout topics in a World Café and then Open Meeting Format. The goal is for each attendee to leave with at least one new idea, resource and/or collaboration to bring back to their organization.

    This session is FREE (Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided)

    Many thanks to Grounds for Sculpture for graciously hosting this event.




    TEACHERESE 101: 

    Education Jargon for Teaching Artists 

    What are they talking about?? 

    In this three-hour, interactive training you will hear about and have a chance to discuss:

    ·       20 Education Acronyms ·   Current Curriculum Structures and Topics  · Bloom's Taxonomy  · NJAEC's 10 Commandments for Teaching Artists ·  Differentiated Instruction ·       Navigating the Teacher's Room and Befriending the Custodian! ● ● and more!

    Participants will have the opportunity to work with others in small group discussions during the workshop. You will leave the session with a working knowledge of Teacherese and with a packet of handouts related to the workshop topics.   

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    1:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

    14 Maple Avenue, 4th Floor

    Morristown, NJ 07962-1239


    Many thanks to the Dodge Foundation for generously hosting this event.