The Arts and Education Leadership Institute presented one large college workshop for the entire educational faculty within the College of Fine Arts and Communication and community arts representatives. The college level workshop featured Elizabeth Gombash, an interdisciplinary speaker of national prominence with a background in Art Education. The workshop was held on August 27, 2010 and “sparked” many smaller workshops – at least one in each of the education degree programs in the college that resulted in “flames” of creative leadership.
The goal, to provide encouragement and training for Arts Education professionals to become agents of change through inspirational and creative leadership workshops was met.
The objectives, which were measured by reflection and surveys, are subjective among each participant and are as follows:
- Enhance creative leadership knowledge and practice
- Gain insight from colleagues through group discussion
- Identify interest in pursuing grant opportunities for the arts
The college workshop served 26 participants: 9 education faculty from the School of Art and Design, 6 education faculty from the School of Music, 3 education faculty from the School of Theatre and Dance, 1 arts education supervisor in the public schools, 2 community arts representatives, 1 interim director of the Institute of Outdoor Drama, 1 IT expert and 3 administrators from the college office. An iChat discussion was held between participants and featured speaker. Each participant was given a copy of the book: The Dance of Leadership by Robert B. Denhardt and Janet V. Denhardt.