• Tilles Center

    Tilles Center
    School Partnership Program


    The School Partnership is a unique arts-in-education program which provides  opportunities for students to engage in, and learn from, arts experiences. Each projectTilles Center is connected to a professional performance or work of art aligned  with the New York State Common Core Standards; connecting innovative,  creative thinking to K-12 curriculum. Through experiential arts activities, students are provided with a rich array of content knowledge and unique perspectives  on diverse cultures. Each partner program is carefully planned through collaboration  with professional teaching artists and teachers in order to incorporate music, dance, drama and visual art experiences into the general education,art and music classrooms.

    The Partnership Process

    Teachers as Partners
    Any teacher, from Pre-K through high school, in any subject area, may participate.  No background or special talent is needed. All aspects of the program  involve a deep partnership among teachers, art specialists, administrators, teaching artists and students.

    Professional Development
    Each new teacher in the program is invited to attend a professional development seminar,  conducted by Tilles Center’s Department of Arts Education. During each seminar,  participants engage in a series of workshops which allow teachers to experience  the benefits of arts learning. All seminars are experiential and  unique to the needs of the partner schools.

    In the spring, each school’s team of teachers chooses the projects  they will focus on for the coming year, selecting from a variety of high-caliber, world class performances at Tilles Center or art exhibits at local museums. Some artists are available to perform in schools.

    Teaching Artist Visits
    For each project, a Tilles teaching artist collaborates with the team teachers  to plan and implement activities, develop curriculum connections and  lead students in creative experiences related to the performance or  work of art they will see. Partner teachers also receive a study guide  that contains background information, activities and suggested resources.

    For more information, contact  Stephanie Turner,  Director of Arts Education at  516.299.2752, stephanie.turner@liu.edu