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arts for learning collaborative (ALC)


The Arts for Learning Collaborative (ALC), formerly Arts for Learning Lab, is a Young Audiences of Houston pipeline training program for artists to enter the field of arts in education who are energized to learn and grow in the field of arts integration. The ALC Teaching Artist Cohort undergoes paid intensive professional development and training and will have the opportunity to partner with classroom teachers in arts-integrated residency programs throughout the school year. ALC teaching artists are mentored, coached, and receive feedback from assigned teaching artist mentors and the YAH Education Committee. 

Classroom teachers partnering with the ALC program will learn arts integration implementation skills through an approach that includes modeling, observation, co-teaching, and mentoring with their partnering teaching artist. Collaborating teachers receive TEA-approved professional development hours.

ALC is open to community artists and YAH roster teaching artists with applications due by July 30 each year.

Learn more by contacting YAH Program Director, Dr. Christine Phares by email or phone at (713) 574-5191.

Why our Participants chose the Arts for Learning Collaborative Program:

"I have been teaching students in college for a long time, so I want to teach students of a wider range of ages and backgrounds. In order to do that, I think we need to develop and learn more educational methods that are suitable for the environment and level. For example, it seems that we need to study how to develop a curriculum and content suitable for younger ages and how to deliver it effectively. It would also be good to interact with artists from different fields and develop classes together." -Irene Ko, 2022-2023 ALC Teaching Artist 

"I hope to learn different ways on how to create a lesson plan. Having a lesson plan written down on paper does not just aide me on gathering materials prior to the session. It could also help the session run smoothly for both the kids and the teaching artist. Being an autistic person, I get a little nervous when all eyes are on me while presenting. However, as I gain more experience over time as a teaching artist and planning, I will gradually become more comfortable while presenting." - Rachel Moran, 2022-2023 ALC Teaching Artist 

"I am here to get a better understanding or framework of arts integration and how to better implement dance into education." -Cristy Jamison, 2022-2023 ALC Teaching Artist 

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