Teachers’ Symposiums 2018

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Teacher’s Symposiums 2018

Our 2018 Teacher’s symposiums will be held on the following dates: 

Friday, January 12th, 2018 9am – 3pm – Register here! 

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 9am – 3pm – Register here!
*Special Topics* Art & Social Justice, in partnership with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Friday, May 4  2018 9am – 3pm – Register here!

Each symposium will be led by a contemporary artist.

All of our Teacher’s symposium events offer unique professional development opportunities for art educators to come together and learn new creative skills to bring back to their classroom. The programs include:

  • Presentation by the leading contemporary artist
  • Hands-on artmaking workshop with the artist
  • Gallery exercises exploring ways to view and interpret contemporary art
  • Six professional development hours upon completion of the symposium
  • Lesson plans as a take home

Registration fees are $75 and include a light breakfast and all materials.


January 12th, 2018 Teacher’s Symposium Information

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Seeing Through Painting

Teaching Artist: Nikolina Kovalenko

Nikolina Kovalenka was born in Moscow, Russia in 1987. In 2011 she received her MFA from Moscow Surikov Art Institute and studied at Universität der Künste Berlin. She holds a Gold Medal from the Russian Art Academy and currently lives and works in New York City. Nikolina has been teaching drawing, mixed media, painting with oil, watercolor, and acrylics to adults, teenagers and children for over eight years. Her exhibition history includes solo shows at Gitana Rosa Gallery and Dacia Gallery. The group shows include Townsend Modern/Contemporary,  Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, Mayson Gallery, Select Art Fair and Museum of Russian Art(NJ). In 2014 she attended LMCC “Artist Summer Institute”. Nikolina was a resident artist at ESKFF, MANA Contemporary in spring 2017. Nikolina’s artwork has been reviewed in art blogs, newspapers, and magazines. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections worldwide.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 908.273.9121 x213 or swalko@artcenternj.org.


March 6th, 2018 Teacher’s Symposium Information

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March 6th, 2018 is National Day of Empathy is a day of action to generate empathy on a massive scale. VACNJ is partnering with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and Co-Lab in a professional development workshop day titled Art, Storytelling and Social Justice Educational Symposium

March 6, 2018

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join this unique and insightful symposium on Art, Storytelling and Social Justice, which will connect educators with advocates, artists, and system-involved youth. The goal of the symposium is to share information on the juvenile justice system and discuss how educators can help transform the system. Participants will also learn how art can help share the stories of those impacted by the juvenile justice system, including the school to prison pipeline. . This special full-day event will occur at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, located at 68 Elm Street, in Summit, NJ on March 6, 2018, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Educators will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participating in the symposium. For details and information on attending this event, please visit artcenternj.org.

Symposium Outline

  • Welcome
  • Ice Breaker
  • What is Social Justice? What is implicit bias?
  • The History of the Juvenile Justice System
    • Bring Our Children Home: Ain’t I A Child
  • Girls in Youth Prisons
  • Relationship between Education and Social Justice
    • School to Prison Pipeline
    • NJ School Reentry Report (from Education Subcommittee)
  • Relationship between the Arts and Social Justice
  • Storytelling Project
  • Juvenile Justice Campaign
  • Alternatives to Incarceration Best Practices
  • Restorative Justice Practices
  • Ways Educators Can Engage in Social Justice

The workshop will include:

  • Interactive Exercises
    • Implicit Bias
    • Educators discuss what the school to prison pipeline looks like to them in their schools and their ideas for ending it (policy changes, training)
  • Storytelling Exhibition and Video
  • Sample curriculums, educational tools, etc.



If you have any questions please contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 908.273.9121 x213 or swalko@artcenternj.org.

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