Call for Presenter Proposals
Professional Day for Teaching Artists and Therapists (PDTAT)
July 16, 2019 from 8:00am – 3:30pm
To be presented at:
Puppeteers of America National Festival
July 16-21, 2019
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Curated by Judith O’Hare
Committee: PIET members: Michael Vetere, Aretta Baumgartner, Matthew Bernier
The Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist will focus on
building skills and expertise in using puppets in Educational and Therapeutic settings.
The Professional Day for Teaching Artists and Therapists (PDTAT) is a Professional Development day for puppeteers, educators, and therapists with topics on how to be more effective in working in educational and therapeutic settings.
Teaching artists are professional artists who have also developed the ability as educators to effectively draw people into the arts and artistic engagement. Teaching artists are relied on in organizations including schools, arts institutions, senior centers, juvenile justice and corporate
programs, to engage audiences and incite active arts participation. The teaching artist field has rapidly grown in the last two decades as their skills become progressively more important in a world where creativity is increasingly associated with productivity.”
-David Marshall, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Puppetry in therapy is an important aspect of the power of the puppet and an area that is growing nationally and internationally. It is important for us to explore how puppets can be used in a variety of ways in therapy.
Also, consider presenting a Pecha Kucha ( 20 slides, 6 minutes) on the night before PDTAT
Presentations may include: Projects that have been effective and how these projects meet educational standards, STEAM, STEM, information on evaluating work, training needed to be an effective teaching artist, research and advanced graduate study, use of technology, The role of puppetry and the arts in education and therapy today, how puppets relate to current educational philosophy i.e. Multiple Intelligences, learning styles, literacy and other curricular topics, guidelines and practices in using puppetry in therapy; current philosophy on the use and effectiveness of puppetry in therapy. Presenters should have experience and expertise in their chosen topic.
Presenters can select to use visual aids, Power Point, slide decks, video or other aids and are encouraged to bring at least one puppet/prop etc. to illustrate their work.
Each presenter has a 30-minute time allotment: 20 minutes for the presentation and 10-minutes for discussion. Presentations should be focused on one topic and timed to allow for lively discussion. Selected 30-minute presenters will receive free registration and lunch for the PDTAT.
A certificate of completion will be given for presenters and participants to use for professional development points.
Deadline: November 15, 2018.