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Image credit: Akira Ikezoe, Form#20, 2007

Arts Integration in Public Schools

Organized and moderated by Jessica Kaire

Panelists: Laurie Krupp, Martin Urbach and Michael Wiggins

Monday, April 28, 2014, starting at 7pm


Momenta Art is pleased to present “Arts Integration in Public Schools” as our second panel discussion of a series “Dialog Among Educators.” The panel will focus on the successes achieved and challenges faced today by art educators working within the public system.


The role that the arts play in the learning process is one of the most explored topics in recent academic inquiry regarding public education, and decades of research have made it clear that aesthetic and cognitive processes are inseparable, thus affirming the important contribution that the arts can make. As theorist and psychologist Rudolf Arnheim boldly states, “I could not go along with the view that the arts are to be kept locked up in a sacred precinct, privileged within their own exclusive purposes, laws, procedures.” (Visual Thinking, 1969)


While underserved urban public schools often suffer from low achievement rates and high dropout rates,  arts organizations have been placing teaching artists in schools as a way to increase meaningful engagement within the classroom. Teaching artists work closely with classroom teachers to develop arts-integrated programs, embedding visual thinking strategies and creative process into core subjects, including mathematics, literature and science.


How do teaching artists trigger changes that go beyond learning the arts? How can we foster critical thinking and deeper self-awareness through the creative process? How can arts-integrated programs contribute to academic excellence, social equality and a brighter future for younger generations? This panel discussion will offer a space for dialogue and participation to address the relationship between perception and cognition, and the panelists will share their personal experiences as art educators and their vision for the future of the field.


Laurie Krupp is a designer, filmmaker, teaching artist, and Arts Integration Specialist working in NYC. She earned her BFA in photography from School of Visual Arts in 1986. She has worked as a production designer for numerous films and commercials since 1997 and has designed curricula for and taught design, animation, and photography integrations in NYC public schools as a teaching artist for the past 10 years. She is currently managing the Arts Integration Program at Urban Arts Partnership, creating an animated short film, and teaching and practicing yoga.


Drummer Martin Urbach holds a BA in jazz performance from the University of New Orleans and a MA in jazz arts from the Manhattan School of Music. Martin lives in Brooklyn, where he plays and makes a variety of percussion instruments, composes music, and teaches music to young children. Martin has performed and recorded with jazz artists Ellis, Jason and Delfeayo Marsalis, Larry Corryel, 3now4, Dave Liebman, Sonny Fortune and Lee Konitz. He also leads his own jazz quintet as well as a world music/chamber music ensemble. Martin is a kind and spirited educator—he is a Teaching Artist for Urban Arts Partnership, the Lincoln Center Institute, Marquis Studios, and the New York Pops. Martin is also a member of the environmental arts group Bash The Trash. In addition, he is a faculty member and counselor at the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp.


Michael Wiggins is the Founder of Teaching Artist Group and the Founding Artistic Producer of Mud/Bone. He was the Education Program Consultant and teaching artist trainer for the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater for 15 seasons.  He has developed and facilitated numerous professional development workshops for teaching artists and for classroom teachers in Title I schools. He was a member of the New Victory Theater's original Teaching Artist Enrichment Team, and currently serves as a member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s Teaching Artist Affairs Committee. He has worked as an adjunct professor for NYU’s Educational Theatre Program and for The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York. He is the author of The Teaching Artist Sutras, which debuted, this semester, as an assigned reading in graduate level courses at both NYU, and City College. Michael is Director of Education at Urban Arts Partnership. He holds an MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.


Jessica Kairé (Guatemala City, 1980) lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a multidisciplinary artist and educator. She is also the co-founder and co-director of El Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporaneo-NuMu-in Guatemala, two by two meter egg-shaped space and the first museum of contemporary art in the country. As an integral part of her practice, she works as a teaching artist through Urban Arts Partnership and also works as an artist guide at Judd Foundation. Her work has been shown in venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala; Christinger de Mayo Gallery, Zurich; SWAB Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain; Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología, Guatemala; XVI and XVIII Paiz Art Biennials, Guatemala; IV Soldiers Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY.