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Fall Professional Development Workshops

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in partnership with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System will present its Fall Professional Development workshops for Arts teachers. Teachers within the Arts Council’s 11 parish region are invited to attend, free of charge. Workshops will take place at the LSU Museum of Art for visual art teachers. Graphic and Media Arts, Dance, Theatre, Band, and Strings sessions will take place at McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School for Visual and Performing Arts. A general assembly will begin at 8:00 am in the McKinley Middle auditorium.
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8:30 AM -2:30 PM

Participants will be led through key band instrument repair techniques using basic repair tools/supplies for minor instrument repair in the field. In addition, Ms. Borne will identify several common misconceptions and errors that she typically sees directors make in attempting repairs on their own, some of which make repairs harder and more expensive. A repair demonstration using several instruments will be done during the presentation, as well as a Q & A. Co-presenting the session is Mr. John Mills, District Manager of Repairs for Music & Arts -Texas/Louisiana area.

About the Presenter:
A native Louisianian and woodwind player, Christina Borne graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans, LA and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Composition from Tulane University. In 2017, Christina completed a two year Associates Degree program in Band Instrument Repair at Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, Iowa. As an instrument technician, her experience includes work at Ray’s Midbell Music in Sioux City, Iowa and various shops across Southern Louisiana. Christina is now the shop manager at Music and Arts-Baton Rouge. Her musical experience includes four years in the Tulane University Marching and Concert bands, small ensembles, Lafayette Concert Band, Western Iowa Tech Jazz Band, Baton Rouge Concert Band and West Baton Rouge Oasis Jazz Band.


Come explore the history of modern dance!  In this workshop, participants will move and think like 3 of modern dance’s most influential choreographers and teachers to experience how modern dance began, developed, and continues to grow.  Using technique, readings, historical videos, and our own choregraphic inventions, we will grow to understand each choreographer's contribution to the field, and how they still shape the ways we dance and teach today.  Takeaways will be (3) full classes you can give to your students to augment their learning. These classes are based in dance history, and incorporate several teaching techniques to use in any classroom, including introductions to Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)  and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange toolbox.

About the Presenter:
Lynne Clearfield, Ed.M. has been teaching in the field of dance and creative movement for over 20 years.  Her teaching experience includes working with ‘dancers’ as well as ‘non-dancers’; children, teens, and college students, as well as adults and seniors.  She has been a Teaching Artist for the PACE program in the Lafayette Parish School System since 2010, where she integrates movement into the public school curriculum to deepen understandings in language, math, science and social studies for over 600 students every year.   Prior to this work, Ms. Clearfield taught Modern Technique, Dance History and Pedagogy to dance majors at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Other organizations for whom Ms. Clearfield has also taught include Acadiana Center for the Arts Teaching Artist Program, ArtTIME, ICI, the UL Children’s Dance Guild, the UL Academic Enrichment Program Summer Camps (also focused on Dance History), and the Acadiana Center for the Arts Summer Camps.  A modern dancer with a lengthy performance history, Ms. Clearfield holds the Masters of Education in Dance degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and both a B.A. in Art History/Psychology and a Certificate in Dance from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.   Other significant influences include work with Tamalpa Institute, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the American Dance Festival.


This workshop, presented by NOVAC, will dive into the tips and tricks of creating a film with students across all grade levels. Designed for graphic and media arts teachers, participants will delve into visual storytelling, graphic design, and the technical skills needed to compile it all into a short film.

About the organization:
Founded in 1972, NOVAC’s mission remains the cultivation of independent voices and visions. For over four decades, NOVAC has provided education, training, resources, and opportunities to Louisiana’s storytellers. Our daily work connects locals in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to creative and economic opportunities, while supporting innovative and community-based storytelling projects and programs.

About the presenter:
Julia Berghammer-Villarreal manages NOVAC’s Born Digital Youth Media Program. Operating at the intersection of design and programming to create new learning experiences for young people and adults alike, the Born Digital Youth Media Program develops young future creatives, ages 8 to 24, from diverse background in South Louisiana who can use digital media training opportunities to develop high wage and low barrier entry to careers. Julia is also graphic designer and illustrator. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Art History from Trinity University in 2009 and a Master of Public Administration from Louisiana State University in 2015. She has been working in the arts for over a decade and in public education for the last nine years.


A complete experience that addresses all of the necessary components of a theatrical production. Teachers will rotate throughout the day to sessions focusing on acting, design, and technical theatre. Sessions will provide tips & tricks to help teachers facilitate these experiences with their students while working with a minimal budget.

About the presenters:

Hector LaSala was born in El Salvador. He received his architecture degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1973, and conducted his graduate studies at Texas A&M University. Hector has been teaching at UL Lafayetteʼs School of Architecture and Design for over thirty years, and was a visiting professor at Virginia Tech in 1983. He is a member of the graduate faculty, and the coordinator of the School of Architectureʻs Foundation Design Division. The central motivation of his academic career has been teaching, especially freshmen. In recognition of his teaching and research, his peers have honored him with two of ULʼs most prestigious accolades: the 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2008 Distinguished Professor Award. Concurrently, for several years, Hector and his colleagues Geoff Gjertson and Corey Saft have conducted numerous Service Learning initiatives with over 300 students. In recognition of this effort, he received the 2007 Oliver-Sigur Humanitarian Service Award. Additionally, he has been a member of the Kennedy Centerʼs Partners in Education program since 1995, whose purpose is to integrate the arts throughout the K to 12th grade curriculum. For this endeavor, Hector and his team members were granted the 2004 Governorʼs Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education. Hector also currently holds the title of Slemco Professorship in the Arts.

A New York City native, Brian Schneider has worked extensively in lighting for Theater, Dance, TV, and as Lighting and AV Manager at the Rubin Museum ofArt. Upon moving to Lafayette, Louisiana in 2011, Brian became the Technical Director for the Acadiana Center for the Arts, assisting them through their first four seasons. In 2015, Brian began his own design firm, Footcandle Lighting & Electric. He lights performances, as well as landscape, commercial, & residential projects. He loves working with the people of South Louisiana, and integrates Louisiana’s culture and point of view, with his personal style. In addition, Brian also has the pleasure of working with groups such as Opera Louisiane, Basin Dance Collective, Acting Up in Acadiana, Milena Theater Group and Zachary Richard. You can view his work at

Amy Waguespack is Artistic Director and Founder of Acting Up (in Acadiana). A Louisiana native, Amy finished her BA in English Literature at the University of Maine and her MFA in Theatre Arts at State University of New York at Stony Brook. She teaches privately (students of all ages) at the Acadiana Center for the Arts and in New Orleans. She has taught at UMM, SUNY Stony Brook, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and South Louisiana Community College. She has former students who have worked in television, film, theatre and commercials in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago as well as touring internationally. As an actor and director she has a passion for the classics and for the development of new works. Favorite directing projects include LYSISTRATE, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE TEMPEST, MACBETH, SUSTAINED WINDS, PLAY-MUSIC-HEAL, and UNBEARABLY LO_ELY (as assistant and artistic director to guest artist Justin Zsebe). Acting credits include Harper in ANGELS IN AMERICA under the direction of Martha Banta in New York. She played a character named Amy in Tom Krueger’s film YOU’RE IN CHARGE. Amy is currently in rehearsals directing Shakespeare’s MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR and will soon start preparing for year eighteen of the Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble. 


Topics to be covered include student leadership, accountability, performance, and promotion.

About the presenter:

Christopher A. Frazier, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, began his musical journey when he was 10 years old. His interest in the violin led him to take part in various Orchestral Ensembles. During his junior year in high school, he found interest in the Double Bass and began to explore his love for music. While studying at LSU, Mr. Frazier performed in the LSU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the LSU Symphonic Band, and the LSU Jazz Ensembles. Although his primary focus was Orchestra, he also studied Jazz and Education at Southern University, under the direction of the Jazz Great, Alvin Batiste. After receiving his B.S. in Music Education from Southern University, he began conducting in the year 2000.

Over the past 19 years, Mr. Frazier has been the Director of Orchestras at several middle and high schools in East Baton Rouge Parish. He became the Director of Orchestras at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, his alma mater, in the year 2005. Prior to teaching at Baton Rouge Magnet High, he led the Orchestras at Broadmoor Middle Magnet, Sherwood Middle School, and McKinley High School. He also started the Orchestra programs at Tara High and Woodlawn High School. His Orchestras have performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Riverside Cathedral. Mr. Frazier is a member of the Louisiana Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and both author and coordinator of the Southern Regional Orchestra Assessment, and The Southern Regional High School Honor Orchestra.


Join the LSU Museum of Art on how to incorporate their Permanent collection and temporary exhibits into your course curriculum. The LSU Museum of Art will offer a professional development opportunity on Destination: Latin America an exhibition curated by the Neuberger Museum of Art of New York. Destination looks at Latin American art of the 20th and 21st century created beginning with the artist revolution inspired by the Mexican Revolution, World War II, Magical Realism, political dictatorships, and contemporary topics of globalization, violence, and social criticism. Educators will receive special access to images, content, and resource lesson plans before the October 24th opening of the exhibit. Participants will learn about special programming and workshops for students and participate in a printmaking based workshop inspired by the exhibit.

In addition to the Destination: Latin America programming, Educators will able to participate in behind-the-scenes tours of Permanent Collection Storage and learn how to incorporate the LSU Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection in their curriculum. Educators will also receive a preview of a new Middle and High School Visual literacy program based on Satire and the prints of Caroline Durieux.

About the presenter:
Grant Benoit is the Educator at the LSU Museum of Art where he coordinates K-12 and community programming. He received his MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University and has spent the last seven years teaching in universities and visual art centers across the southeast.