“Brainstormer” for Area Teachers and Administrators Set

Posted on 2/2/2010 3:18:53 PM

ArtsPath has set its annual “Brainstormer” for March 10, 2010, to be held on the IUP campus. The daylong session offers primary and secondary teachers and administrators in the ArtsPath region an opportunity to explore how the arts can be utlitized to assist in reaching their classroom goals. Also discussed will be funding opportunities through ArtsPath to host residencies with professional performing, visual, media, and literary artists listed on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Directory of Artists in Education.

Act 48 hours are provided, and partial reimbursement for substitute teachers is available on a limited basis.

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Tambucci

Currently in her eighth year as director of the Arts Education Collaborative in Pittsburgh, Sarah Tambucci draws upon her extensive educational experience as a visual arts teacher, department chair, and principal in leading this dynamic arts organization that, in part, trains teachers on incorporating the arts into their curriculums.

Dr. Sarah Tambucci

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts Education from Edinboro University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Education and Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to twenty-three years as an art teacher and ten years as principal at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School, Dr. Tambucci has been an adjunct faculty member at Carlow University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. Her most noteworthy leadership positions include past president of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and past president of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). She is the author of numerous articles on issues related to leadership and influence policy.

Dr. Tambucci also serves on numerous advisory boards and committees that support arts and education throughout the region, state, and nation, including Gateway to the Arts Education Advisory Panel, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Teachers’ Advisory Council, Carnegie Museum of Art Program Committee, Charles Gray Awards Committee, Allegheny Intermediate Unit Strategic Planning Committee, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance Board Member, Focus on Renewal Father Ryan Arts Center Planning Committee, and the Arts Learning Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. Among many tributes, she is the 2006 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education. She is a passionate advocate for the role of the arts as part of a comprehensive education and speaks with regularity as a keynote and as a panelist.

As evidenced in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, it is obvious that her passion for the arts and education became intertwined, resulting in a belief that education in all the arts should be emphasized as much as math and reading and would enrich and enhance the standard curriculum. Without the arts, Dr. Tambucci states, “we are missing the opportunity to influence the quality of life of future generations. The skills learned in the arts lead to higher-ordered thinking skills... many of the things you do in life track back to the arts.”


  • 9:00–9:30 a.m.—Registration, coffee, networking
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m.—Meet ArtsPath and Its Artists: A Welcome and Introduction of Attendees and ArtsPath Artists
  • 10:00–11:00 a.m.—Keynote address, Sarah Tambucci, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Arts Education Collaborative: “Integrated Thinking and Learning: Core Modalities as a Standard to Determine If Quality Integrated Thinking and Learning Is Occurring” 
  • 11:00–Noon—Breakout session: A hands-on application of keynote concepts
  • Noon–12:45 p.m.—Catered lunch and networking
  • 12:45–2:30 p.m.—Brainstorming session: Roundtables to meet a variety of artists, discuss your needs, share ideas
  • 2:30–3:00 p.m.—Bringing it all together: An artist residency—a fit for everyone
  • 3:00 p.m.—Drawings: Performance tickets and other prizes!!!
  • 3:00–4:00 p.m.—Mechanics 101: A chance to talk one-on-one with ArtsPath artists and staff

Dress is casual; the learning is not; and we invite you to share this with your colleagues.

To register or for more information, call 724-357-4565 or e-mail Jeff Wacker at jwacker@iup.edu.