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Richard Misrach, Wall, Jacumba, California, 2009, pigment print, image: 60 × 80 inches, framed: 61 × 81 × 2 inches. Courtesy the Artist. © Richard Misrach, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

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Evening for Educators: La Tierra, Positive Identity Development in Our Immigrant Youth (Grades 6-12 Art, ELL, DL Teachers) – SOLD OUT

In support of our current exhibition Border Cantos | Sonic Border, Western North Carolina K–12  teachers are invited to participate in a casual and collaborative professional-development workshop at the Museum. La Tierra: A Sound Vessel is a professional development workshop for educators working directly with immigrant and Spanish-speaking students in our community from 6th -12th grades. Taking inspiration from the Museum’s current exhibition Border Cantos | Sonic Border, participants will engage in meaningful conversation related to topics such as immigration, identity, and belonging. Educators will use the material of clay as a bridge to facilitate dialogue and healing among immigrant students. Participants will be asked to bring an everyday item from their home to use as inspiration. Evening for Educators is an opportunity to network with other art educators, share and learn as both teacher and student, and connect with your own creative process. Funding is generously provided through Art Bridges.

Byron Tenesaca, Program Manager for Border Cantos | Sonic Border and Bilingual Visual Arts Educator for BCS, will lead this interactive, hands-on, and reflective professional development workshop for educators who work with immigrant youth in the community. Participants will be provided with the necessary materials to conduct the lesson and facilitate conversation in their learning spaces. Visual arts teachers and coordinators are invited to register to participate in this special program at the ticket link above. CEU credits are available, and the lesson plan will be included.

Instructor: Byron Tenesaca is a Visual Artist & Bilingual Educator residing in Western North Carolina. Born to a family of basket weavers and agriculturalists in an ancestral community located in the Andes mountain region of Ecuador, Byron’s early years were spent learning the reciprocity system that exists between humans and the mountains. At the age of 11 he was brought to the southeastern part of the US to meet and live with his biological mother. After graduating from Western Carolina University (WCU) in 2015, he was selected as the recipient of an Artist’s Residency at The Bascom in Highlands, NC. His continued passion for art and education has also led him to take on the roles of Spanish Interpreter, Kindergarten Teacher Aide, High School Spanish Teacher, Camp Counselor, and most recently, HiSET instructor. A certified K-12 Art instructor, Byron recently received a M.A.T in Comprehensive Education from WCU.

Please note:

  • Professional development takes place indoors in the Museum’s John & Robyn Horn Education Center.
  • Event registration is sold out. To be put on a waiting list, please email Susan Hendley, School and Teacher Programs Manager at shendley@ashevilleart.org or call 828.253.3227 x133

Teacher Professional Development

The Museum is committed to providing engaging and educational experiences for pre-K–12 teachers in WNC schools and beyond. Our professional-development opportunities include curriculum-based and exhibition-inspired workshops led by Museum educators and/or special guests that provide teachers with tools to facilitate object-based learning. These workshops are interactive, hands-on, and incorporate artmaking. Come excited to learn together with your colleagues, and leave inspired with ideas to incorporate into your classroom and personal practice!

  • Self-guided tour
    • $5/person
    • $6/person if activity (scavenger hunt, packet, etc.)
  • Guided tour with a Volunteer Educator
    • $6/person
    • $7/person if extended tour art activity, or activity in the studio with staff
  • Minimum of 10 people
$50 materials fee for tour art activity $50 cleaning fee for events providing food or beverage
*Perspective Café catering is available.
*Outside food and beverage must be approved by Museum staff.

If you have questions about booking a professional development session, please email Susan Hendley, School + Teacher programs manager, at learn@asheville.org or call 828.253.3227 x133.

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