Summer Institutes

Professional Development is one of the main goals of the Alaska Arts Education Consortium and can take various forms ranging from short workshops and school district inservices to 2-week long, 80 hour Institutes.  Every year varies on Institutes offered, locations in Alaska, focus of the training, and teacher-leaders hired to run the Institutes.

Link to AAEC Institute 2004-2018 Chart:  institute-numbers-2004-2018.xlsx (46 downloads)

Below is a general description of different offerings and a short history of past trainings.

Basic Arts Institutes

AAEC began offering a Basic Arts Institute  in Juneau in 2003. Basic Arts Institutes, now offered statewide, are two-week intensive, summer opportunities for educators to learn how to use the arts to motivate and increase student learning.

The Basic Arts Institute is the  signature summer institute of the AAEC, this two week intensive is designed for teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators to experience how the arts can increase student performance, engagement and motivation in grades K – 12. Participants learn to integrate a variety of art forms (visual, storytelling, drama, music, movement/dance, traditional cultural arts, media arts) into curriculum and instruction. Daily 90-minute sessions focus on current brain research, performing arts, visual arts and Native arts. Teachers practice art techniques, learn how to adapt arts activities for students experiencing special needs, read and discuss articles, visit local community arts venues, design an integrated lesson plan, and reflect on their experiences with colleagues and in daily journals. In addition, each Basic Arts Institute is tailored to meet the needs and interests of the district and community hosting the institute. Participants earn 4 graduate credits. (* During the Sitka BAI teachers will interact with and observe the Sitka Fine Arts Camp)

Participants at Institutes –

  • Learn how to integrate the arts (visual, drama, music & Native cultural arts) into their school curriculum
  • Work with and learn from Alaska Native Elders
  • Understand the impact of the arts on student performance, motivation and brain activity
  • Experience the production, criticism & appreciation of art
  • Form a cadre of teachers in the arts across Alaska

11,800+ Alaska students now receiving more arts education from teachers trained at AAEC institutes

Special Topics Institutes

Since 2005, AAEC has held 21 special topics Institutes.  These range from:

  • Advanced Institutes for prior attendees
  • to Special Education and the Arts Institutes focusing on working with students with disabilities as well as all students
  • to Alaska Cultural Institutes that focus on Alaska Native cultures and rotated (for 5 years) annually around the State.
  • to specific arts integration Institutes
  • and include a new focus on a multicultural institute.

Most of these Institutes are one week long, but some are two week.  The daily schedule reflects what has worked for us before…the day starts with a plenary session often featuring brain and educational theories as applied to arts in education settings.  This is followed by 3-4 sessions that participants rotate through, working with expert teacher-leaders. Credit is available and final lesson plans or PPA’s (personal plans of action for those without a classroom, ie speech therapists, etc.) are required.

2019 Institutes

AAEC will offer three Arts Institutes during summer 2019. Online registration is for these events opens in February.

Event Phone: 907-322-6669


  • Mat-Su Arts Institute
    May 28, 2019 - May 31, 2019
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Engaging Students in Arts & Culture Institute

Mat-su SAMS (Summer Institute at Mat-su)

Wasilla, Mat-Su Career and Technical High School
May 28 – 31, 2019

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2 Ed 590 Pass/fail Credits available

This 4-day Basic Arts Institute, is designed to help teachers enrich their curriculum and raise student engagement through hands-on arts and culture activities that lead to an enhanced ability to integrate arts and culture into their classroom. With the help of 3 highly qualified teacher-leaders, participants will explore theoretical, cultural and performance arts and adaptive visual arts activities, skills and techniques.

During the Institute attendees will be immersed in both reflecting on and participating in multiple forms of the arts, considering classroom application and arts integration. Participants may be asked to submit a final project reflecting on their learning and plans for application.

Intended Audience:  Any educator.  This Institute is being held in conjunction with the Summer Academy at Mat-su (SAMS).  Mat-su participants will register both with the school district and on this website.  Educators from across Alaska are welcome and need to register below.  It will also be necessary to register at the Mat-su site and details and a link will be posted here once it is open.  This institute is supported by a partnership between the  Alaska Arts Education Consortium and the Mat-su School District.

Teacher-leaders for this Institute are:

Allison Little

Mat-su visual art teacher and special education enthusiast

As Allison wrote:  I have had the pleasure of combing two of my greatest joys, Art and Teaching, which has resulted in a job that is rewarding on a daily basis. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I have been teaching for 15 years, taking a ten year break to raise my daughters and get my art career started. I have been at Wasilla High School for the last 9 years. Through the media and language of Art, I build relationships, confidence, and the next generation of artists. The daily variety of teaching art to my college bound AP Art students and then my Adaptive Art students simply reinforces the reality that art is a universal language and so needed in our schools. I balance school with a very busy home life of four daughters, one more away at Western Washington University. My metal artwork has been shown in local galleries and juried exhibitions around the state. All of this is possible simply because, I love my job, and my school.

Brian Hutton

Drama/Theatre
Bio coming soon

Camillia LaRochelle

As Cami was born the year Alaska became a state, lived a nomadic lifestyle moving with the seasons, until we settled in Kotlik to attend BIA school.  Next was a Roman Catholic Mission in St. Mary’s, AK then off to college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where I received my degree and Teaching Certificate.  I taught in public schools for 14 years and home schooled my children and a nephew for 6 years.  I incorporated cultural activities in all my teaching including native dance, song, storytelling, demonstration of subsistence activities, sewing, beading and traditional games and short plays.  My 6th grade teacher said, “Learn to love reading, then you can accomplish anything.” I took his advise and traveled to many lands, learned of various cultures and many joys, dramas and dreams through books I continue to learn daily through reading and continue to take classes.

My Yup’ik name is Kamluq or Iyakungaq, Inupiaq name Tuaqkuan and English name is Camillia Larochelle.

Registration

Mat-su teachers–Please register at  that we can have you complete a survey for the Alaska Arts Education Consortium.  The information collected in the survey not only helps us ready for the Institute, but data is used in applying for grants.  At the end of the survey hit continue and you will be done.  There is no fee for Mat-su teachers.

If you have questions about the Institute, please email barbshort@gmail.com


  • Ketchikan Basic Arts & Culture Institute
    June 3, 2019 - June 14, 2019
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ketchikan Basic Arts & Culture Institute:  Amplifying Stories through the Arts

Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, Alaska
June 3 – June 14, 2019
8:30 — 5:00
4 Ed 590 graded credits available through UAS

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In this two-week summer intensive, participants will be immersed in integrating the art of storytelling into curriculum and instruction, with drama, music, movement/dance, traditional cultural arts, and media arts.
Teachers will leave the Institute with plans to integrate the arts and culture into their diverse curricula and classrooms.

  • Learn to integrate standards-based art & culture with your classroom curriculum & lessons
  • Work with and learn from Alaska Native artists & elders
  • Understand the impact of the arts on student performance, engagement, motivation, & brain activity
  • Experience the production, criticism and appreciation of a variety of art forms
  • Grow your personal knowledge & understanding of the value of the arts

Teacher-leaders are:

Edward Littlefield

Tlingit culture, music, movement

I am Tlingit from Sitka, Alaska and was raised in both the western and traditional cultures. Growing up I studied classical violin at the same time that I was singing and dancing in Tlingit dance groups. This helped me develop an awareness of the similarities and differences of the two cultures. This helped me be able to teach the values and traditions of the Tlingit people to people from various backgrounds. I am a professional musician and composer and in addition to studying and composing my own music I have spent the last 10 years working on new ways to incorporate traditional music and culture into the classroom. I have been a teacher leader at the Basic Arts institutes for four summers and I’ve been fine tuning my educational approach to cultural integration every summer.

Debbie Piper, Visual Arts

Educational Theory

Debbie has over thirty years of elementary classroom and visual arts teaching experience through which she has fine-tuned her teaching methods and pedagogy. Integrating art into all content areas with a focus on literacy is her passion. She has been the Visual Arts Leader for numerous Basic and Advanced Art Institutes and has taught classes in art integration for UAA, UAF and the Kenai Peninsula College. As teaching artist, she conducts Artist in the School Residencies through the Alaska State Council through the Arts Artist in Schools Program. In 2010 Debbie was presented the “Art Educator of the Year Award” by Homer Council on the Arts and in 2011 received a “BP Teacher of Excellence Award.”  Debbie has a Master’s degree in Art Integration,  an Art Endorsement on her Teaching Certificate, and a contagious joy of guiding students to construct deep meaning in and through the arts.

Gabrielle Vance

Media Arts/digital storytelling

Gabrielle Vance is a geologist, teaching artist, and cartoonist born and raised in Juneau. She uses stop motion animation to help students explore the intersection of art and science as collaborative creative endeavors. In addition to working as an educational designer at UAF and adjunct instructor at UAS, she has taught STEAM to students of all ages in classroom, after school, and museum settings. Gabrielle has a B.A. in Geology from Whitman College and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Also will include:

  • Ketchikan Native storytellers and artists
  • SERRC presenters on Multicultural Education, Gerry Briscoe and staff

The venue for the daily sessions will be Ketchikan High School. Participants coming from out of town can contact Barb Short at barbshort@gmail.com to find out if housing is available at the school.

There will be a required welcoming dinner/orientation on June 2, Sunday night.

Intended Audience:  Any educators

Sealaska Scholarships:

Sealaska Heritage is offering full registration scholarships to teachers from Ketchikan, Juneau and Yakutat.  Thus, Sealaska will pay the $500 registration fee for the first 20 to sign up and attend.  These scholarships cover only registration–no travel or housing, etc. . For those applying for the scholarship choose the scholarship registration and pay a $100 deposit to hold the spot and encourage attendance.  This deposit can be refunded up to 30 days in advance of the Institute (May 3rd) if there is a need to cancel.  The $100 deposit will be returned  to each participant once they attend the Institute.

Registration and fees:

All participants should register through the link below.   (If not attending please advise 1 month in advance or forfeit deposit.  Thank you.)

  • Member District Teachers not from Juneau, Ketchikan or Yakutat – $500
  • Non-member District Teachers – $600
  • Scholarship Teachers from Juneau, Ketchikan or Yakutat – $100 deposit

  • Kodiak Multicultural Arts Institute
    July 29, 2019 - August 2, 2019
    8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Kodiak Multicultural Arts Institute

Liitukut Lllringumi:  We are learning together in one place

Kodiak, Alaska
July 29 – August 2, 2019
8:30 — 5:00
3 credits available

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Multicultural education is an educational philosophy that focuses on recognizing diversity, uniqueness and the importance of incorporating techniques and materials that make the classroom a more aware and welcoming learning environment.  During this 5-day event, participants will use the arts as a venue through which to recognize and understand our own culture first and throughout the week consider and apply ways that we can transform classrooms in positive ways.

Each day will start with a multicultural education based plenary session and be followed by arts and culture sessions designed to demonstrate concepts through hands-on activities.

Credits will be offered through Kodiak College, affiliated with the University of Alaska Anchorage.  We are applying for this course to fulfill the multicultural requirement and will confirm here once we are sure.

The venue for the daily sessions will be in a school in Kodiak and those from out of town are welcome to bring their sleeping pads and bags, and sleep in the school.  A kitchen and showers will be available as well.

There may be a welcoming dinner/orientation on May 28th, Sunday night.

Intended Audience:  Any educators

Registration and fees:

All participants should register through the link below. (If not attending please advise 1 month in advance or forfeit deposit.  Thank you.)

  • Member District Teachers             $250
  • Non-member District Teachers         $350

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May
28
Tue
Mat-Su Arts Institute @ Mat-su Career Tech High School
May 28 – May 31 all-day

Engaging Students in Arts/Culture
May 28-31, 2019
Mat-Su Career Technical High School, Palmer, Alaska
2 Ed 590 cr pass/fail
Throughout the four-day institute, participants will be involved in both theoretical conversations and a variety of hands-on arts integration activities. These will include Alaska Native cultural arts and classroom application, drama/theatre techniques for any classroom, and visual arts. This class will be taught by a team of three instructors in a rotating model of fast paced, hands-on learning in a studio environment with the goal of building our capacity to integrate the arts as well as be culturally relevant in our classrooms.

Mat-Su-Arts-Institute-Flyer.pdf (24 downloads)

Details and Registration

Jun
3
Mon
Ketchikan Basic Arts and Culture Institute @ Ketchikan High School
Jun 3 – Jun 14 all-day

Amplifying Stories through the Arts

June 3-14, 2019
Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, Alaska
4 Ed 590 cr graded

In this two-week summer intensive, participants will be immersed in integrating the art of storytelling into curriculum and instruction, with drama, music, movement/dance, traditional cultural arts, and media arts. 4 590 credits are available.

Ketchikan Basic Institute Flyer . 2019-Ketchikan-Basic-Poster-1.pdf (0 downloads)

Details and Registration

Ketchikan Multicultural Institute @ Ketchikan High School
Jun 3 – Jun 14 all-day

Amplifying Stories through the Arts

June 3-14, 2019
Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, Alaska
4 Ed 590 cr graded

In this two-week summer intensive, participants will be immersed in integrating the art of storytelling into curriculum and instruction, with drama, music, movement/dance, traditional cultural arts, and media arts. 4 590 credits are available.

Ketchikan Basic Institute Flyer . 2019-Ketchikan-Basic-Poster-1.pdf (0 downloads)

Details and Registration

Jul
28
Sun
Kodiak Multicultural Institute
Jul 28 – Aug 2 all-day

Amplifying Stories through the Arts

June 3-14, 2019
Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, Alaska
4 Ed 590 cr graded

In this two-week summer intensive, participants will be immersed in integrating the art of storytelling into curriculum and instruction, with drama, music, movement/dance, traditional cultural arts, and media arts. 4 590 credits are available.

Ketchikan Basic Institute Flyer . 2019-Ketchikan-Basic-Poster-1.pdf (0 downloads)

Details and Registration

AAEC institutes are supported by District membership, participants, local school districts, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Kennedy Center VSA, and Regional Alaska Native groups.)

Bethel Multicultural Arts Institute

HISTORY

2018 Summer Intitutes

2018 Institutes

AAEC offered three Arts Institutes during summer 2018.

 

2017 Institutes

During the summer of 2017, AAEC held 3 Arts Institutes.  In chronological order:

Sitka Basic Arts Institute.  21  teachers from Sitka, Copper River, Mt. Edgecumbe, Anchorage, Kodiak, Fairbanks, Mat Su,  and Virginia attended this 2-week Institute.  aThere were 4 strong teacher-leaders focusing on arts integration, teacher wellness,  visual arts, movement, digital arts and cultural arts.  AAEC partnered with Sitka School District to assist with this training.

Juneau Basic & Beyond.  16 teachers from Juneau, Sitka, Chatham, LKSD, the Netherlands and the Canvas Art Center this 2-week Institute.  The first week–led by 4 teacher-leaders–focused on Universal Design for Learning, brain research, visual arts, movement and music.  The second week was lead by UAS Tlingit faculty members, looking at art (form-line design), music/storytelling, and writing.  AAEC partnered with Sealaska Heritage Institute and the University of Alaska Southeast for this training.  (4 credits)

Anchorage Arts are Exceptional.  26 teachers from Kenai, Anchorage, Mat-su, Fairbanks, Kuspuk, and Juneau School Districts attended this 1-week training,   3 teacher-leaders, highly experienced in special education, led the training focused on visual arts, music, and movement. AAEC partnered with the Anchorage School District and was supported by grant funds from the Kennedy Center VSA.  (3 credits)

 

2016 Institutes

During the summer of 2016, AAEC held 5 Arts Institutes–more than ever in one summer.  These institutes were diverse in focus and geographically in Alaska.  in chronological order:

Point Hope Inupiat Cultural Arts Institute.  One-week, 20 teachers from NSBSD and Nome, 3 wonderful Inupiaq teacher-leaders taught about the culture participants learned about the history, language, and traditional practices including dancing, carving, and sewing.  Partnering with AAEC was the North Slope Borough School District. (3 credits)

Sitka Advanced Arts Institute.  16 teachers from Sitka, Kenai and Lower Kuskokwim School Districts attended this 1-week Institute., 4 teacher-leaders taught about Tlingit and Yupik cultures, dance/movement, visual art, and deep integration studies and research that would continue through the next school year.  Partnering with AAEC was the Sitka School District, Sitka Tribe, and Sitka Fine Arts Camp. (3 credits)

Juneau Basic Arts Institute. Two-weeks.  16 teachers, representing Juneau, Ketchikan and Kodiak School Districts.  4 teacher-leaders taught about S.E. culture, visual art, music, movement and theory. Partners with AAEC are the Sealaska Heritage Foundation and the Juneau School District, with support from the Kennedy Center VSA program. (4 credits)

Nome Basic Arts Institute.  Two-weeks.  20 teachers, representing Nome, Bering Straits, Kuspuk, Anchorage and Wasilla School Districts.  5 teacher-leaders taught Yupik and Inupiaq cultures, visual art, arts in technology, movement and had a strong strand in special education and the arts.  Partnering with AAEC was Nome and Bering Straits School District, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation and support from the Kennedy Center VSA program. (4 credits)

Fairbanks Arts are Exceptional Institute.  One-week.  45 teachers from Fairbanks, Bering Straits, Lower Yukon, Yukon-Koyukuk, Mat-Su, Alaska Gateway, Delta Greely, Northwest Arctic, Sitka, Valdez, Anchorage Districts.  4 teacher-leaders taught special education and the arts theory, visual art, movement, and music.  Partnering with AAEC was the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and the Kennedy Center VSA program.  (3 credits)

2015 Institutes

During the summer of 2015 AAEC held three institutes:  The Sitka ACT Institute (Arts, Culture & Technology), Juneau Basic Institute, and the Bethel Yup’ik Institute.  

Sitka ACT (Arts, Culture & Technology) Institute.  32 educators from Sitka, Bering Strait, Yukon-Koyukuk, Mt. Edgecumbe, North Slope, and Lower Kuskokwim School Districts attended this 1-week Institute.  They were led by 4 teacher-leaders plus various Tlingit elder presentations.  AAEC partnered with Sitka School District and Sitka Tribes of Alaska. (3 credits)

Bethel Yupik Cultural Arts Institute.  24 educators from Iditarod, Yukon-Koyukuk, Kenai, North Slope, Lower Kuskokwim, and Alaska Gateway School Districts attended this 1 week Institute.  They were led by 3 teacher-leaders plus two local Yupik artists that taught storytelling/story knife techniques and history.  AAEC partnered with Lower Kuskokwim School District and the Worldwide IDEA project on this institute. (3 credits)

Juneau Basic Arts Institute.  30 educators from Juneau, Sitka, Bering Strait, Ketchikan, and Mat-Su School Districts attended this 2-week Institute.  They were led b6 4 teacher-leaders plus 2 Tlingit support teachers provided by Sealaska.  AAEC partnered with Sealaska Heritage Institute on this event. (4 credits)

Juneau Basic 2015

2014 Institutes

During the summer of 2014 AAEC held three institutes:  Mat-su Basic Arts Institute, Ketchikan Basic Arts Institute, and Fairbanks Athabascan Cultural Arts Institute.

Mat-Su Basic Arts Institute: 26 educators from Mat-su and Yukon Flats School Districts attended this 2-week Institute. They were led by 2 full-time and 5 part-time teacher-leaders. AAEC partnered with the Matanuska-Susitna School district for this training. (4 credits)

Ketchikan Basic Arts Institute: 23 educators from Ketchikan and Southeast Island School District attended this 2-week Institute. They were led by 4 teacher-leaders, and had a number of artist presentations. AAEC partnered with Ketchikan School District, Ketchikan Arts Council and Ketchikan Indian Community on this training. (4 credits)

Fairbanks Cultural Athabascan Arts Institute:  31 educators from many districts attend this 1-week institute.  They were lead by 3 cultural arts teachers.  AAEC partnered with Doyon and Fairbanks North Star Borough School District on this training. (3 Credits)

Kenai Celebrating All Abilities Arts Institute:  32 educators from Kenai, Fairbanks and Lower Yukon School Districts attended this 1-week special education focused training.  They were led by 3 teacher-leaders with presentations from artist/teachers.  AAEC used grant funds from a Kennedy Center VSA grant to support this training. (3 credits)

 

 

2013 Institutes

During the summer of 2013 AAEC held three institutes:  a Nome Basic Arts Institute, a Sitka Basic Arts Institute and a Kodial Alutic Cultual Arts Institute.  

 

For more information about hosting or attending a future institute, contact AAEC Executive Director: Barbara Short at aaec@akartsed.org, 907-322-6669