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Integrating Arts into Childhood Education Is Topic of May 22 Workshop at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, May 3, 2007

Integrating the arts throughout the elementary and secondary school curriculum will be the topic of a free two-hour workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

The workshop will bring together parents, teachers and school administrators to discuss how the arts can be used as a powerful teaching tool in a variety of curriculum areas. Experts from some of the area’s most respected arts entities – the Tang Teaching Museum, New York State Theatre Institute, and the Albany Institute of History and Art – will present at the workshop.

Individual schools may send teams of teachers, administrators and parents. Participants signing up as a school team will be entered in a drawing for two free artist residencies valued at $1,000.

Arts activities for pre-school through middle school-aged children will be provided during the workshop by the Tang Teaching Museum, The Albany institute of History and Art and Capital Repertory Theatre.

Participants must register by Wednesday, May 16. For more information contact Lainy Slyder at the New York State Alliance for Arts Education, (518) 486-7328. The workshop is sponsored by Capital Region Arts in Education Roundtable, and the Teacher Preparation and Fine Arts departments at Hudson Valley Community College.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.