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Summer Institute for Creative Teaching

The Summer Institute for Creative Teaching is a three-day, in-person learning experience for Indiana educators. Through hands-on experience and collaboration with peers, participants will learn effective and innovative teaching strategies to implement in their classrooms. The program includes engaging artistic activities and opportunities to explore how creative teaching can enhance curriculum. Register to attend the three-day workshop on the registration tab below.

Note: This program is eligible for PGP points.

The Summer Institute for Creative Teaching is presented through a partnership of the Indiana Arts Commission and The Indiana Department of Education.

When and where is the Summer Institute?

The 2024 Summer Institute for Creative Teaching will be taking place July 10-12, 2024 at the Herman B. Wells Community Center at Lebanon High School (1810 N. Grant St. Lebanon, IN 46052).

See the Agenda tab for a detailed schedule.

What will participants learn?

  • Hands-on art workshops to try new artforms
  • Best practices in using art to enhance learning in other curriculums and standards
  • Connections with creative educators and community arts leaders

Who is the intended audience of the Summer Institute?

  • Classroom Educators K-12 who want to try new creative activities and learn how to apply them to their classroom
  • Arts Education staff at arts organizations who want to connect with other professionals and learn new strategies in arts learning

While arts educators and artists play a critical role in educating students, this conference is designed for those with less experience with arts education and arts integration.

Testimonials from Past Attendees

“Overall this was an amazing experience. I had a great time & learned so much. I'm inspired & motivated to implement what I learned into my class.”

“Poetry & wool felting were both AWESOME! One was academic and methodic while the other was hands on & experiential.”

    • 100% of last year’s attendees said the conference was fun and informative.
    • 97% said it was relevant to their work directly.
    • 97% said they would attend again and 100% would recommend to a friend!


Q: Why not Art Teachers?
A: This program is meant to *introduce* creativity and art to non-arts educators. Art Teachers already bring their creativity and arts skills to their classrooms every day. Much of the strategies covered in the conference will already be known by arts educators. Fine arts educators (music teachers, visual art teachers, etc) and artists play a critical role in educating students. This conference is designed for those with less experience with arts education and arts integration to connect with their creative side.

More details about sessions, speakers, and excursions will be available throughout the spring. Check back here for more information.

Day 1 - July 10

Start Time Programming/ Session
12:30 PM ET Registration Open
1:00 PM ET Conference Kick Off
2:30 PM ET Breakout Sessions 1 - Creativity Exploration
3:30 PM ET Breakout Session 2 - Creativity Exploration
4:30 PM Networking Event

Day 2 - July 11

Start Time Programming/ Session
8:30 AM ET Registration Open
9:00 AM ET Welcome
10:00 AM ET Breakout Session 3 - Deep Dive: Arts Integration Demo Classes
12:00 AM ET Lunch
1:30  PM ET Plenary Session
3:00 PM ET To Be Announced - Arts Experience Excursions
5:30 PM ET End of Day 2

Day 3 - July 12

Start Time Programming/ Session
9:00 AM ET Day 3 Kick Off
9:30 AM ET Session 5 - Creative Curriculum Building
10:30 AM ET Session 6 - Creative Community Connections
11:30 AM ET Conference Send Off
12:00 PM ET Departure

Register to attend the Summer Institute for Creative Teaching.

The registration fee is highly subsidized and represents only a fraction of the whole cost of the event. The registration cost covers 3 days of enriching activities, carefully designed professional development experiences, all materials and supplies, and meals including two lunches and two breakfasts.

Early registration is available at a reduced rate until May 2, 2024.

Scholarships are available for Educators. Apply for Scholarships here.

Registration TypeFee to Attend
Early Registration (February 22- May 1)$75
Regular Registration (May 2 -  May 15)$110

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Stephanie Haines
Arts Education and Accessibility Manager
Indiana Arts Commission

(317) 450-9973