Summer Institute

Kidspace Inc. organizes an annual summer teacher institute to provide training in using arts-based strategies for the preK-8 age group in school and community-based settings. This week-long institute draws together teachers from the region, artists, staff from the three museums, faculty from Williams and MCLA, and experts in the field to explore the annual theme and consider an art-centric philosophy of teaching. Teachers experience art in the three museums and meet with artists, learn new teaching strategies, reflect on their practice, and develop classroom activities for Professional Development Points (PDPs) or graduate credit through MCLA.

Kidspace 2nd Annual Summer Teacher Institute

Monday, July 8, to Friday, July 12, 2013
9am – 3pm
Williamstown and North Adams, Massachusetts



Artist Talk and Wine & Cheese Reception: Roger Shimomura
Thursday, July 11, 4pm, FREE
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts

This five-day institute draws together renowned artists, professors, teachers, and museum staff to explore teaching with art from many perspectives, and takes place at the three museums. Explore the theme of WORD (as a form of communication with multiple meanings) as you discover ways to use arts-based teaching strategies to reach pre-K through 8th-grade students.

Applications Due: April 26, 2013
Notification Date: May 10, 2013

Click here to apply for the 2013 Summer Institute
Click here to read the 2013 Institute Requirements

In-service graduate credits (through MCLA for an additional fee) and PDPs are offered.

The 2013 Kidspace Summer Teacher Institute is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Schedule to be announced.

2012 Inaugural Summer Institute: Curiosity

Teacher Comments: I Learned

  • The resources at the 3 museums are incredible; there is a lot more flexibility in what programs the museums can put together to integrate with curricular themes. The opportunities at Kidspace are fabulous – the museum staff is really dedicated to outreach & educating the public.
  • How to be more mindful, and to encourage my students to do the same. Looking at the world the way one would look at a piece of art is an excellent way to be more mindful in my teaching & what I ask my students to do.
  • Kids are naturally curious but that I can bring more of it out. New art projects I can do w/ the students. That there are lots of resources out there for art.
  • Some interesting facts, got to spend time with a great group of people, saw some “inner workings” of the museum (spaces I’d never been in before), got some fuel & recharged for the approaching school year by energy & ideas, and I learned that I should probably take greater advantage of these resources.

The 2012 Summer Institute kicked off with a keynote address by Dr. Jessica Hoffmann Davis, writer/researcher and founder of the Arts Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Participating teachers were asked to develop curricula, which integrates an arts-centric model of teaching with the topic of curiosity, and that relates to existing classroom activities. Click here for sample curricula.