Partners in Education Anchorage School District The Kennedy Center Partners in Education

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For more information on the current season or the 2012-2013 season, please contact Julie Millington, Vice President, at 263-2920 or

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
621 West 6th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

Administrative Offices


Phone: 907-263-2900
Fax: 907-263-2927

Administrative Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm
(closed from 12pm-1pm for lunch)
Saturday - Sunday: closed

About the Center

  • Overview
  • Workshops

In 1991, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and the Anchorage School District were chosen to participate in the first Partners in Education Institute at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since then, Anchorage-area teachers from all grade levels have been attending performances, lectures and participatory workshops as part of our Partners In Education Program.

Many of the artists teach in the program through collaborative relationships with the Anchorage Museum, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Alaska Native Arts Foundation, resident company bookings, and the Kennedy Center Presenter's Network. These artists create a series of 5 to 6 in-depth, multi-sectioned workshops for which teachers receive continuing education credit from the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Teachers in ASD’s Gifted and Talented Program may also use these workshops for credit in their specialized field.)

Participatory workshops provide teachers with hands-on experience in two ways: by exploring the concepts and processes of a particular art form; and/or examining the interrelationship between an art form and other curriculum areas. Workshops that explore an art form provide teachers with classroom tools to encourage students in creative expression through activities such as movement and role-playing. Teachers learn to assess their works and that of their fellow teachers. Workshops that examine the relationship between an art form and other curriculum areas bridge the connection between the art form and specific curriculum areas such as science, history, math and language arts.

Performance Lectures are 30-minute introductions given to teachers prior to some performances. Lectures are presented by an expert on the art form and often times the composers and choreographers make guest appearances and make brief statements about the motivational aspects leading to the creation. The art form is described and history is provided.

Course study is designed by the partnership team consisting of Julie Millington, Vice President of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, and Susan Joling, Liaison from the Highly Gifted Program of the Anchorage School District. The team participates in annual meetings at the Kennedy Center which provides models and planning strategies to expand professional development in the Arts.

A participating teacher Marina Gantz shares…

This PIE workshop was yet another inspiring experience. It gave me new ideas about how to nurture creativity in students and provided practical tools to help students with their artistic expression. I discovered simple and fun activities that develop healthy habits for mind and body and stimulate students' smartness and success. I am going to share this wealth with other teachers in many schools.

Registration for the 2012-13 Partners in Education program will take place October 15, 2012 through the Anchorage School District's MY LEARNING PLAN. Exciting plans are underway for this year's program which will include collaborations with the Anchorage School District, Perseverance Theatre, local artists and performers from the Anchorage Concert Association's prestigious roster.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts works with local school districts to expand professional development programs in the arts for teachers. Sign up for this unique course and learn how to incorporate the arts into your content area. Be inspired by local and visiting artists to engage and motivate your students. Immerse yourself in the arts this year. Receive one continuing education credit through UAA plus a course fee for a total cost of $150. This course may be used for a gifted credit. Susan Joling at or call 742-4818 for course questions. Sign up on MyLearningPlan available soon. Only 35 spots!

Workshops With Professional Artists

  • Course Registration
    Monday 10/15 at 4:15-4:45 pm - Carr-Gottstein Lobby, ACPA
  • Building Community in the Classroom
    with Erika Crumley, Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator, ASD

    Workshop: Monday 10/15 at 4:45-7:15pm - Voth Hall, ACPA
    Learn how to use social-emotional learning lessons tailored to the needs of your students
  • Of Mice and Men
    with Roblin Gray Davis, Actor, at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau

    Performances: Thursday 10/25 thru Sunday 10/28 - Sydney Laurence Theatre, ACPA
    Workshop: Monday 10/29 at 4:45-7:15pm - Voth Hall, ACPA
    Enjoy Perseverance Theatre's Of Mice and Men with director Q&A after the show. October 29th, join one of the actors for a hands-on workshop to encourage exploration of art and literature.
  • Music Soothes the Soul
    with Lorrie Heagy, 2010 Alaska Teacher of the Year, Juneau

    Workshop: Thursday 11/01 at 4:45-7:15pm - Voth Hall, ACPA
    Lorrie Heagy shares how El Sistema and brain research inspired her use of the arts in the classroom.
  • Metta Quintet, New York City
    Performances: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 7:30pm - Discovery Theatre, ACPA
    Workshop: Thursday 11/08 at 4:45-6:45pm - Voth Hall, ACPA
    Enjoy Metta Quintet's performance followed by a workshop demonstrating how improvisation can build individual and group strength.
  • The Beautiful and Useful Notebook
    with Martina Henke, Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator, and Beth Taylor, IGNITE Teacher, ASD

    Workshops: Thursday 01/10 and Thursday 01/17 at 4:45-7:15pm - Voth Hall, ACPA
    Create a beautiful notebook and learn how to successfully and creatively meet the Language Arts Common Core State Standards.
  • Flashmob-for-a-Cause
    Leslie Kimiko Ward, Dance Instructor, Oregon

    Workshops: Tuesday 02/05 and Thursday 02/07 at 4:45-7:15pm - Voth Hall, ACPA
    Leslie Kimiko Ward shares how her 1000 Cranes project has built community, and will provide ideas for how to organize and participate in a flashmob to raise awareness.
  • Reflection and Wrap-Up
    All local artists and teachers, Anchorage

    Workshops: Tuesday 02/26 at 4:45-7:15pm - Voth Hall, ACPA
    Participants will share their notebooks and student work and reflect on the artists who inspired their work with social-emotional learning in the classroom.