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Summer Teacher Institute: Being Present in the Moment

Virtual Zoom Meeting

You can’t just leave current events at the classroom door—your students are affected by the news, too. But for the prepared educator, this can be a teaching opportunity, not an obstacle. We invite you to join us for a Summer Teacher Institute focused on teaching current events through art.

Open to teachers of all subject areas, this interactive, weeklong virtual workshop will show you how to use art to incorporate current events into your existing curriculum. Over the course of the week, you’ll learn strategies and methodologies from our museum educators and guest instructors that will help you facilitate rich discussions and get the most from your classroom conversations.

A Crystal Bridges educator speaking to a group of teachers in the Early American Galleries
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
A group of teachers taking notes in the Early American Art Galleries
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Worried about the pace and time commitment? The dedicated practice time with your fellow participants, light homework, and daily office hours will ensure that you walk away from every session with confidence and knowledge you can apply in your next lesson.

Don’t make your students leave the world behind when they come to class. Reserve your spot today.


Free, tickets and registration survey required. Reserve your spot online or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

Once registered, you’ll receive an email with a required registration survey, information about the event, and the Zoom link for your convenience at a later date. 30 hours of PD credit available.


About our Instructors

Dónal O’Donoghue

Dónal O’Donoghue is Endowed Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Art Education at the University of Arkansas School of Art. He is the author of Learning to Live in Boys’ Schools: Art-Led Understandings of Masculinities published by Routledge in 2019 and his writings have appeared in handbooks, edited anthologies, encyclopedias and scholarly journals on art, research, gender, and education. At the University of Arkansas, he conducts research on contemporary art, curatorial practice, and education, with a particular interest in contemporary art’s pedagogical potential, educative quality, and distinctive capacity to function as a mode of scholarly inquiry and research. O’Donoghue is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association. He serves as Past Senior Editor (2021-2023) of Studies in Art Education. Previously he served as Senior Editor (2010-2013) of the Canadian Review of Art Education. O’Donoghue is the co-founding Chair of The Art Education Research Institute (AERI). From 2015 to 2018, he served as Chair of The Council for Policy Studies, Art Education (CPSAE).

O’Donoghue has received many awards for his teaching, research and scholarship, including the 2022 Viktor Lowenfeld Award; the 2019 Sam Black Award for Education and Development in the Visual and Performing Arts; the 2018 International Edwin Ziegfeld Award; the 2018 Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award; the 2017 British Columbia Art Teachers Association Award for Excellence in Higher Education; the 2014 Canadian Art Educator of the Year; and the 2010 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award among other. O’Donoghue joined the University of Arkansas in 2021 from The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada where he served as Professor of Art Education.


Professor Dónal O’Donoghue

Hung K. Pham

Hung K. Pham is Director of the Center for Children & Youth, an endowed initiative of the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. Through CCY, he manages a range of programs for educators, students, and community partners focusing on literacy, the arts, and positive social engagement. Pham has shared his work across the country and has collaborated with leading arts and educational organizations including the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Teachers College-Columbia University. In 2019, CCY was honored with the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for contributions to art in education.

As CCY Director, Pham has overseen the highly successful ARTeacher Fellowship Program, which provides an in-depth three-year exploration of arts integration strategies for secondary teachers. ARTeacher Fellows have earned local and national recognition for their teaching, including receiving the Media Literacy Award from the National Council for Teachers of English and the Jane Ortner Education Award given by the Grammy Museum.

For the last ten years, Pham and CCY have also hosted the annual ARTful Teaching Conference, which brings together pre-service teachers and education faculty from across Arkansas for a two-day hands-on conference on the power of arts integration. Featured presenters at the conference have included multiple Arkansas Teachers of the Year as well as diverse visual and performing artists.

In 2022, Pham was selected Co-Chair of the Commission on Arts and Literacies for the National Council of Teachers of English. Through this role, Pham works with English language arts educators across the country to develop initiatives for “furthering the professional conversation on where and how the arts, multimodality, and new literacies intersect with traditional, print-based literacies.”

A graduate of the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas, Pham received the 2015 Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for his fiction. Before entering graduate school, Pham spent several years at a range of educational and youth-related nonprofits in Colorado, including managing a teen service-learning program that used the arts for social change.

Headshot of Huang Pham in black and white, smiling slightly and looking at the camera

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