Professional Development

The New Jersey Arts Education Collective will present a day of workshops, panels, and discussions to interested teaching artists, arts administrators, and school teams for a deeper understanding of arts integration. Come experience the innovative work being done across the state and learn to create opportunities for arts integration in your practice!

When: Wednesday, April 11yh @ 9:00am-4pm (Breakfast & Registration @ 8:30-9:00am)
Where: NJPAC Center for Arts Education, 24 Rector Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Who: Teaching Artists, Arts Administrators, Teachers, School Administrators, Community Partners interested in Arts Integration

Registration Fee: $20 (includes lunch)

Keynote Speaker: Wendy Liscow

In addition to overseeing the Dodge Foundation’s Education grantmaking, Wendy is the brains behind the Foundation’s wildly popular Technical Assistance workshops, which help strengthen the capacity of New Jersey’s nonprofit sector.Prior to joining the Foundation staff in 2003, Wendy worked for 25 years as a professional theatre administrator, director and producer. She was Associate Artistic Director and resident director of George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick for 12 years, and then served as the Director of Programs and Services for the New Jersey Theatre Alliance where, among other responsibilities, she led the New Jersey Arts Access Task Force, of which she is a founding member.


Keynote Presenter: Lara Gonzalez

Lara is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of her performance and educational group, Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song. Their mission is a commitment to sharing the Transformative, Educational and Therapeutic powers of Drum, Dance and Song with all ages and abilities. The group has shared the stage with a variety of notable artists including Angélique Kidjo, Habib Koite, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Odetta, Ram Dass, Carl Hancock Rux and DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid.


Afternoon Workshops

Arts Integration in Action: The Science of Sound
Presenter: John Bertles 

Discover the connections between Science and Musical Instruments, and in the process get a deeper sense of how Arts integration can work when two curricula truly relate. Instrument-builder and educator John Bertles leads a far-ranging exploration of how Arts Integration can transform students, with excursions into current brain research, STEAM education, and the benefits of experiential learning… plus you’ll get to build some fun and simple musical instruments that demonstrate the science of sound to your students!

Expanding Creative Boundaries ~Teaching, Performing and Presenting on Every Terrain
Presenter: Lynn Needle 

This Arts Integration Workshop is designed to inspire artists, teachers, educators and creative minds of all types by focusing on what exists in their lives and communities and what is amiss. Needle will share pedagogical practices influenced by Dr. Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory and reveal  local, regional, national and international thoughts, ideas and best practices of  collaborative opportunities that have expanded her creative work.   Designed to ignite the imagination, the workshop will feature a
visual component through power point and video, then segue to interactive partnering using verbal, physical and emotional engagement.  Trends such as STEAM based learning and Creative Placemaking will be highlighted.  Participants will leave with tangible ideas to engage their  students, communities, board of directors, families, friends, funders and neighbors.


The New Jersey Arts Education Collective is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.