Our programs support the personal success and social development of students as they become active, influential members of our community. The in-school Visual Arts Program and after-school Music Program are the two distinguished, yet fundamentally interwoven iCAN programs. Both programs provide frequent, high quality access to rich arts learning opportunities that build community.
Guiding principles direct both programs. We believe that these principles positively contribute to the life long success of students, not only as musicians and artists but as individuals in whatever path they pursue.
As a vital element of iCAN’s organizational values and framework, all teaching artists and art assistants are provided with a variety of professional development opportunities every year. Our teaching artists are trained in the most relevant and advanced methods of art and music education. The knowledge gained is fused with our standards-based curriculum and applied directly to classroom teachings. Recent professional development opportunities have included:
- Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
- Qualities of Quality
- Lorrie Heagy
- Wendy Osher- community and eco-centered art
- Museum of Contemporary Art- art appreciation and creating
- Project Zero: Summer Institute - Harvard University, Cambridge
- National Convention: National Art Education Association - San Diego and New Orleans
- Annual Conference: National Guild for Community Arts Education - Los Angeles
- Take a Stand Symposium Series: Longy School of Music of Bard College and Los Angeles Philharmonic - Los Angeles