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Arts Integration Professional Development: Art and Creative Writing

Student writing during a visit to the Gibbes

Student writing during a visit to the Gibbes

Left: Marcus Amaker (provided); Right: Jonathan Sanchez (provided)

Left: Marcus Amaker (provided); Right: Jonathan Sanchez (provided)

Inspired by our current exhibition Manning Williams: Reinventing Narrative Painting and works in the permanent collection, the Gibbes Museum is excited to offer a series of professional development sessions for K-12 educators.

This webinar conducted over Zoom will focus on Art and Creative Writing and will feature Marcus Amaker, Charleston's Poet Laureate, and Jonathan Sanchez, owner of Blue Bicycle Books. Each speaker will discuss how art can be leveraged in different ways across the curriculum to teach creative writing and literacy skills.

Marcus Amaker will discuss his successful collaboration between the Gibbes Museum and three schools during Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, an exhibition on view March 24-August 18, 2019. Poetry and creative writing were key to the project, which resulted in local students publishing and displaying their work next to world-renowned art at the museum. Jonathan Sanchez will discuss teaching techniques from over two decades of writing with young people. We'll take a look at Manning Williams' Sherman Marches South (on view in the current Manning Williams exhibition) and discuss the importance of specificity. We will also try some of the ekphrastic writing prompts his students use on their visits to the museum.

Registrants will be sent Zoom webinar information the day before the event.

FREE for all Educators, but does require advanced registration*

*Upon completing a survey after the program, each registrant will receive free admission ticket to the Gibbes Museum to experience the exhibition in person.

About our speakers:

Marcus Amaker is Charleston, SC’s first Poet Laureate. He’s also the award-winning graphic designer of a national music journal, an electronic musician, and a mentor to hundreds of students.

His poetry has been presented twice by The Kennedy Center, and has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Edutopia, Washington Post, Departures Magazine, PBS Newshour, SC Public Radio, and several other publications.

In 2019, he won a Governor’s Arts award in South Carolina, and was named the artist-in-residence of the Gaillard Center. In 2021, Charleston Business Magazine named him one of Charleston's 50 Most Influential People.

His eighth book is The Birth of All Things, from Free Verse Press.

Jonathan Sanchez is the owner of Blue Bicycle Books and the co-founder and executive director of YALLFest, Charleston's young adult book festival. He has been a visiting writer in dozens of schools, leads a popular summer writing camp, and has been in residence at the Kerouac House in Orlando and the Gibbes Museum of Art. Recent publications include Publisher's Weekly, Mockingbird, and State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love. He is a graduate of West Charlotte High School and Yale University.

Free registration to this program is made possible by the generous support of the following organizations: The South Carolina Arts Commission, The Jerry and Anita Zucker Family Foundation, The Mark Elliott Motley Foundation, The Post and Courier Foundation, Volvo, and the Gibbes Women's Council.