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Kennedy Center invites college to participate in arts partnership

04/11/14

Kennedy Center invites college to participate in arts partnership

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College and the Shawnee Mission School District will be inducted this month into an arts education program led by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

College and school district personnel learned in December that they had been accepted into the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education Institute. The institute promotes partnerships in communities across the nation between arts organizations and local schools. The goal is to develop art-based education programs for all teachers, not just those who teach the arts.

Representatives from the college and the school district will attend a four-day workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington from April 23-26. When they return, they will have a plan on how the college can help the district incorporate performing and visual arts into the district's curriculum, said Angel Mercier, director of the college's performing arts education program.

"We've worked with the district in the past," Mercier said, "but this opportunity opens so many more possibilities."

The JCCC/Shawnee Mission partnership team is one of 11 such teams being inducted from across the country. The JCCC/Shawnee Mission team is the only one in Kansas.

The new teams will join the 94 teams from 42 states and the District of Columbia already participating in the Partners in Education program.

During the four-day workshop, each team will develop a plan specific to their community for the partners to establish or expand arts-based professional development programs for teachers. Teams will receive a detailed planning guide, attend performances and meet with national education leaders and guest artists while at the Kennedy Center.

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