In partnership with MINDPOP, Austin Creative Alliance, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Bianca Neal, lead artist and founder of H.O.P.E.F.U.L. Arts was selected for the 2015 Emerging Teaching Artists (ETA) seminar at the Dougherty Arts Center. This special program guides new artist educators through an engaging series of culture-arts based workshops, lectures, labs and activities to learn effective and engaging techniques and strategies for teaching the arts in the classroom and in the community.
Bianca Neal polished her teaching skills and learned about the foundations of working as a teaching artist. The ETA seminar series was a hands-on, experiential learning program which included readings, and discussions with representatives from arts organizations to provide skills in curriculum development, classroom management and career development.
She received first-hand instruction in a wide variety of foundational arts teaching methods, became proficient in the teaching artist environment, gained valuable knowledge about how she can participate in her community through the arts, shared and learned cutting-edge ideas and discoveries about arts education and arts techniques.
This course created a supportive environment where she:
- Developed arts teaching methods and approaches
- Practiced curriculum development in Art Education
- Explored arts media, materials, and methods
- Advocated for quality and transformative arts instruction in schools and community centers