Kennedy Center Partners in Education

ArtsBuild and the Hamilton County Department of Education collaborate as one of 100 school system and arts organization teams across the country participating in the Partners in Education program through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Through this program, ArtsBuild provides professional development workshops for teachers that focus on arts integration strategies in the classroom.

All ArtsBuild professional development workshops have been provided at no cost to the teachers or HCDE.

Workshops are led by nationally recognized arts education leaders. The workshops provide engaging instruction concepts that connect art to literacy. The workshops provided by ArtsBuild have been rated as excellent and highly effective by over 90 percent of the participants.

Twenty-six area teachers have participated in a nationally recognized research project funded by the Kennedy Center. The projects studied the effectiveness of teacher study-groups to support the implementation of arts instruction in the classroom. The findings were released in a national publication of the Kennedy Center.

These workshops are funded through grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Kennedy Center. For more information on the Partners in Education Workshops, please call Rodney Van Valkenburg at (423) 756-2787 or email


2016 Local Kennedy Center Workshops

Melanie Rick Workshops taught by Memphis Visual Artist and Arts Educator Jamin Carter

Refresher Workshop (Advanced)
September 20, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Reading Portraits as Biographies (Beginners Workshop)
September 21 and 22, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This is a two-day workshop. Teachers must attend both days.

Sean Layne, Drama Specialist from Washington D.C.

Advanced/Refresher Workshop
November 8, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Living Pictures: A Theatrical Technique for Learning across the Curriculum (Beginners Workshop)
November 9 and 10, 2016: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This is a two-day workshop. Teachers must attend both days.

All workshops are held at Barger Academy of Fine Arts. Register for the workshops by calling ArtsBuild at (423) 756-2787 or emailing

The workshops are free thanks to funding by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the Partners in Education program, please click here.