The mission of the Community Engagement Lab is to place creativity at the center of learning so all students have the creative and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school and life.
Our flagship program is the Vermont Creative Schools Initiative, which has the following key components:
PreK-12 Teacher Institute
This is what it’s all about: creative classrooms and communities in action. We award a teaching artist residency to each of our partner schools to help teachers and community partners provide more creative learning opportunities for their students. PreK-12 teachers are invited to apply to participate in a unique project where they will work closely with national leaders in the field of curriculum integration, partner with experienced teaching artists, and develop innovative curriculum. Check out these snapshots of creative projects developed by teacher and teaching artist teams at the Teacher Institute. LEARN MORE
Teaching Artist Academy and Fellowship Program
For teaching artists who are already confident in their work, this unique opportunity to work with the top leaders in teaching artistry (including Eric Booth who is widely described as the father of the teaching artist profession, and Judith Bose who was the first full-time teaching artist hired by Lincoln Center) will expand their skills and boldness, broaden their range, and empower them as local leaders and school partnership developers. For artists who don’t think of themselves as teaching artists, the Academy explores the foundations of this practice, and provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced teaching artists to build the skills required for expanding their work with schools. LEARN MORE