Summer 2021 Institutes

Join us, have fun, soak up the arts, and breathe…


Professional development is one of the main goals of the Alaska Arts Education Consortium. We offer a range of short workshops and school district in-services to 2-week long Institutes.  Each year, Institutes vary with different Alaska locations, topics, and teacher-leaders running the Institutes.

This year we are offering 4 quite different events all virtually.  We will be in contact in advance with lots of information including credits, schedule, etc.  Also, we plan to mail out supply packets before the Institute that will include art supplies or other needed materials to all registrants.


Kenai Social-Emotional Learning & the Arts Institute, 2 credits

June 1-5, 2021

During the Social-Emotional Learning and the Arts Institute, participants will attend sessions with four highly qualified teacher-leaders who are experts in their fields, including SEL education, cultural arts, music, movement and visual arts.  Each day will start with a plenary session, followed by participant rotations through creative sessions with each teacher-leader.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  Art experiences help students develop self-management and self-discipline, interpersonal and relationship skills, and self-expression.  This will be offered virtually.

Kodiak Science, Literacy & the Arts Institute, 2 credits

Educators who participate in the Arts, Science and Literacy Institute will learn engaging, powerful teaching strategies to integrate science with the arts to support literacy development. This institute is intended for, but not limited to, educators from Alaska’s designated TSI/CSI schools  and is partially supported by an Alaska Department of Education grant.  This will be offered virtually.

Fairbanks Multicultural Arts Institute, 2 credits

June 14-18, 2021

Children come to school with many different cultural backgrounds, learning styles and experiences. As educators learn about  and value their students’ cultural backgrounds, they can become even more effective and compassionate teachers. The Fairbanks Multicultural Arts Institute will focus on how teachers and schools can develop culturally inclusive classrooms in order to increase the positive impact they have on students’ learning. Participants will explore ways of how best to integrate cultural arts into their teaching practice through dance/movement, visual, and musical arts.  This will be offered virtually.

Juneau Alaska Arts & Culture Basic Institute, 3 credits

July 26-August 5, 2021

In this two-week summer intensive, participants will be immersed in integrating the art of storytelling with music, movement/dance, traditional cultural arts, visual arts  and media arts into curriculum and instruction. They will study Alaska’s cultural and arts standards, gain experience learning and teaching through an arts and culture lens, work with teaching artists, cultural specialists, and Elders, as well as design an arts/culture integrated lesson plan. Throughout the 8-10-day course participants will broaden their understanding of the impact of the arts and cultural classroom awareness on student performance, motivation, and brain development. This will be offered virtually.