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The Artist Educator Training is a unique professional development opportunity currently offered in two models, an 80-hour practicum and a 20-hour practicum. Our trainings introduce The Identity Project’s pedagogical framework and original curriculum through an in-depth immersion in experiential learning. Because we are committed to supporting the communities we serve at every level, we prioritize hiring and training local artists and educators who self-identify with youth communities we serve. In our training, participants develop an understanding of core evidence-based practices integrated into the fabric of our model including creative youth development, culturally responsive teaching, the science of learning and development, multiple modes of knowing, community-based artmaking and mindfulness-based practices. Participants also engage in thorough exploration of the historical and social contexts for teaching underserved and/or high-risk youth. Special workshop modules focus on themes such as trauma-informed teaching, intergenerational grief, crisis intervention, brain-based learning, successful education reform strategies and their practical application for underserved students.

For more information about our training calendar or to bring a training to your community please reach out to Founding Artist & Director, Alesandra Zsiba, at