Moore Hosts 8th Annual Art Education for Special Populations Symposium

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Philadelphia, PA – Graduate Studies at Moore College of Art & Design’s unique MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations presents its 8th annual Art Education for Special Populations Symposium Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 9 am – 3:30 pm, at the College at 20th Street and The Parkway. The program, including light breakfast and full lunch, is $25. Moore also provides the added value of ACT 48 hours for an additional $10. The symposium is free for students. For tickets and information, visit or call 215.667.6811.

“Making Art with Diverse Learners: A Journey Through Personal Narrative” will explore and discover the best teaching and learning practices for children with special needs. This daylong symposium features keynote speaker Dr. Suzanne Duvall-Zurinsky, a university art educator whose only child has autism. She will share her personal journey to fuse art education with conventional therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders, and the amazing progress that resulted from this combination of methods.

“An ever-growing percentage of school populations is labeled as special needs,” said symposium facilitator Lauren Stichter, Moore’s Graduate Program director and assistant professor of Art Education with and Emphasis in Special Populations. “It’s important that we offer access to those teachers who may not be ready for the degree, or who may not have a master’s degree but are sustaining professional development.”

Several hands-on workshops will give attendees the chance to explore alternative art-making processes led by artists from The Center for Creative Works, try out the hot new trend of using comics as a means to document, digest and reflect upon their day-to-day adventures in the classroom with local art teacher Sunnylee Mower, and gain new skills in implementing Positive Behavior Modifications with art educator Samantha Davis and behavior specialist Jennifer Grier.

Published on September 20th, 2016