2016 UnConference: Children + Arts 2.0


Through the generous support of PNC Grow Up Great, please join us: 

UnConference 2016: Children+Arts 2.0

June 30, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm

Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (111 9th St, Pittsburgh, PA)

Following the success of the inaugural UnConference: Children+ Arts, PAEYC is excited to present version 2.0!  This UnConference features an innovative and hands-on professional development session on the importance of arts in education. 

The day begins with keynote speaker and spoken word artist Vanessa German from Love Front Porch, an organization in Homewood that believes in the power of love, art, and community.  Then, participants will select from a series of two workshops by local arts organizations to learn about creative arts initiatives. At each workshop, there will be hands-on learning and a short presentation offering connections for educators to take back to their own setting. In addition, the UnConference will highlight how “Buzzwords,” a program promoting literacy, is incorporated into arts education programs. Workshop presenters include: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Gemini Theater and Westmoreland Museum of American Art.  The UnConference closes with a round table discussion geared to particular interest groups and topics. 

The workshops are developmentally appropriate practice for educators and caregivers working with children ages birth through age nine.  However, many of the workshop offerings can also apply to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and after school programs.

Thank you to these great organizations for supporting the UnConference!




8:00-8:30am             Registration

8:30-10:00am           Welcome, Keynote

10:00-10:15am         Break 

10:15-12:00pm         Workshop #1 (5 different workshops offered)

12:00-1:00pm           Lunch

1:00-2:45pm             Workshop #2  (5 different workshops offered)

2:45-3:00pm             Break

3:00-4:00pm             Roundtable Discussion, Wrap-Up 



Qualifying educators will receive 6 PQAS/DHS credits or Act 48. 


To register for the UnConference: Children+Arts 2.0, click here.  Please register by Friday, June 24, 2016.  Registration fees are as follows:

-         PAEYC Member Registration $75

-         Regular Registration $85

-         Students $70



The Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA) is located downtown, Pittsburgh in the heart of the Cultural District.  The address is 111 9th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.



Gemini Theater Company 


Gemini Theater Company has written and produced over 30 original, interactive musicals since 1996.  Its focus since 2006 has been specifically on arts education for children and utilizing their interactive approach in Outreach Programs, classes, camps, and workshops for students ages 4 and up.  During the Gemini Workshop, participants will “step into” the shoes of the children Gemini educators work with and become part of improvisation and theater “games” that Gemini Theater staff have customized for visits with school-aged children.  Theater games help children learn how acting can play an important role in their lives, and Gemini Theater Staff have matched the PA State Standards, so educators can use the activities with their students age Pre-K through High School in a school setting.


Pittsburgh Ballet Theater


Ballet Buzzwords: Promoting Language Development through Movement

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT), a part of the Buzzword Pittsburgh collaborative, will facilitate an interactive workshop that takes a deeper look into our creative movement program. The session will explore specific techniques used to foster self-regulation and language development. PBT teaching artists will demonstrate activities and provide opportunities for participants to actively experience components of a creative movement class. Participants will also take part in a discussion on ways to manipulate and/or develop the explored activities to meet the needs of the students in their classrooms.  


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust & Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

www.trustarts.org and www.pittsburghparks.org

The Art of Science:  Observing & Experimenting & Creating with Young Learners

 Art and science are not as far apart as you might think.  They share skills of observation, experimentation and creativity, and these are skills that come naturally to the youngest learners!  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy collaborate to offer this type of interdisciplinary learning through Buzzword Pittsburgh and will share some tips with you in this hand-on workshop.  Workshop presenters are Alison K. Babusci and William Tolliver.  Learn new ways to connect learning and engage your students while helping them to grow into creative, confident thinkers and observers of the world around them!


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra


Where the Wild Beats Are

While much debate exists over screens in the hands of young learners, much can be gained through the well-considered and creative implementation of technologies for early childhood learning environments.  In this session, participants will have the opportunity to make and interact with music in both traditional and technologically-centric models.  Leveraging low-barrier technologies such as magnetic and conductive circuitry, this session results in music making and learning through the lens of STEAM and Maker ideas.  We will also be joined by a PSO musician who will provide the live soundtrack to our session.


Westmoreland Museum of American Art


Bringing Art Alive: How to make a museum collection fun and engaging

The Westmoreland utilizes a variety of activities to help bring the art alive on tours with our school groups, particularly the elementary groups that compose our greatest numbers. Learn more about these these activities, such as experiencing landscapes with a 'picnic' that engages the five senses, music and movement together with visual art to express and experience emotion, creating your own still life, dramatizing stories in art as well as bringing a host of characters alive by creating a brief life story, and more.