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Arts Literacy Institute

Flynn Center Education presents

2017 Vermont Summer Arts Literacy Institute Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, VT

  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017, 9:00 AM

Early Bird Price (by June 1): $500 institute / $950 with 2 graduate credits
Regular Price: $600 institute / $1050 with 32 graduate credits

Professional Development Credit Available

An innovative institute designed to celebrate creativity, inquiry, and interdisciplinary learning. Led by master teaching artists, Kurt Wootton (Brown University’s Arts Literacy Project) Arnie Aprill (Chicago Arts Partners in Education).Through the use of a shared text, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, educators collaborate with institute facilitators to explore a multi-modal approach to literacy that includes the cognitive, affective, physical, and collaborative in a celebration of learning through music, theatre, dance, and visual arts.


KURT WOOTON is the co-founder of the ArtsLiteracy Project in the Education Department at Brown University. As the ArtsLiteracy’s Project co-director, his work in urban schools with diverse populations led him to work in different countries in Latin America, particularly Brazil and Mexico. He is also the co-director of Habla, ArtsLiteracy’s lab school in Merida, Mexico. With a specialty in creative literacy pedagogies, teacher professional development, and organizational change, Wootton works with teachers and administrators helping to design schools and organizations that are creative, meaningful, and welcoming places.

Previously he worked as an urban school reform consultant for the Providence School District and has led literacy initiatives for the Boston Public Schools, the St. Paul Public Schools, the Central Falls School District, and Plan Estratégico de Mérida, Mexico.

Wootton has been called on to offer keynote speeches and workshops in a variety of settings, including Harvard University, Middlebury College, SmART Schools, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Maryland, Senac University in Sao Paulo, the Arts Education Partnership, as well as at numerous conferences. He is the co-author of A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts (Harvard Education Press, 2012).

ARNOLD APRILL is the Founder and Lead Consultant of the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), a network of artists and arts organizations, educators and schools that are dedicated to school improvement through long-term arts education partnerships. He comes from a background in professional theater as an award-winning director, producer and playwright. He is one of the authors of Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning and is a contributor to The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning. He consults nationally and internationally on the role of the arts in effective school improvement.

Arnold has been recognized for exceptional leadership by the Chicago Community Trust and by the Leadership for a Changing World initiative supported by the Ford Foundation. His work as CAPE’s lead consultant is documented at, and his work on arts learning assessment is documented at His blog is He is a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

As the guest speaker for the Jan. 22 FAAE Webinar, Arnold will share his expertise in the area of assessing arts integration program results.


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Since 2004, the Flynn Center has partnered with the Champlain Valley Educator Development Center to offer professional development workshops in the performing arts for teachers in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, and now Addison counties. Open to all teachers, regardless of school location, these workshops are led by visiting artists performing at the Flynn, teaching artists on the Kennedy Center roster, and Flynn Center teaching artists. They are held in either local schools or at the Flynn Center--either in its studios, the gallery, FlynnSpace or on the Main Stage. A letter certifying attendance and outlining areas of applicability is provided to each workshop participant.

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