The Composition of Community: Tools and Strategies for Inclusive Education Settings


Heather Bryce
Bryce Dance Company, Artistic Director, Teaching Artist, Choreographer

Heather Bryce is a teaching artist, choreographer, and the artistic director of Bryce Dance Company. Bryce has expertise in working with people of all ages including populations often under-represented in the arts such as older adults, students who have disabilities, and people living with dementia. Bryce has over 20 years of experience as a teaching artist and educator. She currently works as a teaching artist for organizations including Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Durham Arts Council. She holds her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Gowri Savoor
Teaching Artists Connect, Visual Teaching Artist

Gowri Savoor is a visual-teaching artist, whose practice includes sculpture, illustration, and writing. Born in England, she moved to the US in 2007. Savoor has been a practicing teaching artist for over 20 years, with experience in arts integration and community building. She has partnered with multiple organizations in the UK and across the US, including Community Engagement Lab (VT), Lincoln Center Education (NY), The Learning Alliance (FL), and ITAC—the International Teaching Artist Collaborative. Savoor is the founder of A River of Light, an organization committed to bringing art to the community through participatory art events, parades, and installations.

In this fun and fast-paced session, learn some tools and strategies to support students with disabilities, and experience the power of composition through the arts.

Teaching artists Bryce and Savoor will share a digital toolkit for educators and teaching artists that opens the door to a safe and creative inclusive learning environment, while demonstrating how the theme of composition can be explored through multiple art lenses.

Whether introducing collage, tableau, or choreography, the presenters will demonstrate how students can engage the creative process, and generalize skills to make connections, increase communication, build community, and foster learning in other settings. While the strategies are used primarily through dance and the visual arts, they can be adapted to support any art form.

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