Playing Up Picture Books: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Ruthie Miltenberger, Nicole Cromartie, Olivia Aston Bosworth
This session will be a playful, process-based exploration of engaging early learners in learning through the arts with picture book art as the catalyst. Session participants will experience focused strategies from the worlds of theater, visual art, creative movement, and music that can be employed to enrich learning around popular picture book authors and illustrators in a variety of creative contexts. The presenters will demonstrate successful tactics from each art form that can be directly applied in any early childhood environment.
Olivia Aston Bosworth, Family Programs Manager at Alliance Theatre, is a candidate in the Masters of Arts in Creative & Innovative Education program at Georgia State University. Olivia began as the Theatre for the Very Young (TVY) Coordinator stage managing, performing, and managing educational programs and sales for the production seasons. In the 7 years since its conception, 13 world premiere TVY productions have been developed, and TVY has been looked at as a national model in early learner drama programs. As a teaching artist for the Alliance Arts for Learning Institute, Olivia works with students and teachers through Wolf Trap Baby ArtsPlay residencies in inclusion model schools. In these residencies, Olivia works side-by-side with classroom teachers to develop arts integration lessons to encourage the development of empathy and collaboration among neurotypical and special needs preschool students. Olivia holds B.A. in Theatre & Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University.
Nicole Cromartie, Manager of Family Programs with the High Museum of Art is committed to making museum experiences more inclusive, accessible, and meaningful. Her first introduction to the arts was through a ballet class at the age of 3. Nicole has continued to study ballet and other forms of dance and is currently enrolled as a student at Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and the National Dance Organization’s Online Professional Development Institute. As an art museum educator, she has spearheaded innovative programming for families including infant and toddler tours and movement-based tour of the galleries for all ages. She has held education positions and internships at numerous arts and culture organizations including The High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), The Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, GA), Visual Understanding in Education, Intersection for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chinati Foundation (Marfa, TX), and Cultural Affairs of the City of Gainesville, Florida. Nicole earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of Florida and her M.A. in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts.
Ruthie Miltenberger, Manager of Family Programs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, fell in love with classical music at the age of 7 when her mother first introduced her to the flute. Having grown up in a home where a love of music was nurtured and cultivated, she understands how vital it is that we continue to create inviting and engaging opportunities where children and families can explore their own curiosity and creativity through the art of music. Ruthie earned her B.M. in Flute Performance from West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV), and her M.M. in Flute Performance from DePaul University (Chicago, IL). She was a Donald Peck Endowed Scholar at DePaul University, and a Presser Scholar at West Virginia University. She is Chicago Flute Club Young Artist grand prize winner (2007), a two-time grand prize winner of the WVUSO Young Artist competition (2007, 2009) and has performed professionally with orchestras including the Kansas City Symphony (Kansas City, MO) and the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra (Chicago, IL). Beginning in January 2018, she will join the team at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia as Adjunct Faculty teaching courses in Music and Humanities.