A podcast for K-12 art educators interested in connecting with colleagues and ideas. Each episode, hosted by Matt and Laura Grundler, takes you backstage with guest hosts from #K12ArtChat to dig into the latest art education innovations and resources. You’ll find tips, tools, and inspiration to keep you connected and moving forward.
Episode 152 – Connected Arts Network – Cultural Responsiveness in the Arts Classroom
In this episode, Oral Historian Dr. Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz and The Creativity Department’s Matt Grundler talk to New York City educators from The Connected Arts Networks (CAN). Tina Barone and Edwin Brathwaite join the conversation to discuss Cultural Responsiveness and how they create such environments in the classroom. Discover how cultural responsiveness encourages genuine engagement and creates inclusive spaces that celebrate differences and foster equitable opportunities for all. Listen in to hear more from Tina and Edwin in this latest CAN episode!
Episode 151 – Jeanne Sparrow – Finding Your Authentic Teacher Self
In this episode, The Creativity Department is joined by Emmy award winning radio and TV host Jeanne Sparrow to talk about being a creatively authentic teacher through communication, identity, connecting with others, and just being yourself! Jeanne shares her story and how she developed her life’s theme, Fearless Authenticity. Listen in to learn how you can follow her path to being your own authentic self!
Episode 150 – Steven Branfman – The Healing Power of Art
In this episode, The Creativity Department is joined by professional Potter, Author, and Art Educator, Steven Branfman. Steven lost his son to cancer more than 17 years ago. In the aftermath, as part of his grieving process, he made 365 Japanese style tea bowls, called chawan. Listen in to this moving conversation about making art through the grieving process as a way to heal and learn about Steven’s thought-provoking journey and process.
Episode 149 – Jane Dalton – Integrating Mindfulness into the Art Classroom
In this episode, the Creativity Department discusses mindfulness and expressive arts with Jane Dalton, author of The Mindful Studio the newest title from Davis! Matt, Jane, and co-host Raine Valentine dive into the difference between mindfulness and mindfulness mediation, why mindfulness and mediation are helpful in the classroom, and how Jane and Raine integrate mindfulness into their own art rooms. Listen in to learn more and hear about the new book all about mindfulness!
Episode 148 – Rich Kim – Reflective Teaching Practices
In this episode The Creativity Department dives into how to rethink curriculum with artist and Art Educator Richard Kim. Contemporizing curriculum is more than simply adding contemporary art. It’s about taking risks and developing content that taps into contemporary practices of how art is being made today. Listen in to hear strategies for developing curriculum content as a reflective practice instead of just providing art assignments.
Episode 147 – Creating Effective Learning Environments for Neurodivergent Students
In this episode, the accessibility and inclusion conversation from episode 146 continues. Matt Grundler (of The Creativity Department) and Amy Appleton, CAN Project Director for NAEA, are joined by Kirsti Lewis, Founder of People Like Us. An organization devoted to providing inclusive and meaningful instruction to students with disabilities, People Like Us helps teachers implement curriculum that allows these students to partake equally in class and have fun doing it! Listen in to hear more from Kirsti Lewis!
It was great! Just listened to it tonight. Love hearing the way @ruthcbyrne talks about her teaching process & how she helps students scaffold their thinking through play, blocks & the creative process.
This podcast provides so many amazing guests and they cover such a wide array of topics and themes. You always get practical things to try on Monday and deeper gifts that inspire you to reflect and think more about. If you haven’t subscribed…. You need to!
Teacher Appreciation and Mental Health
I have never been motivated to write a review about any podcast or product before this. I was highly impacted by this conversation. Thank you for the length and depth of sharing among your guests. I have immediately implemented the concept of evaluating my to actions to ask is this self-soothing or self-care, and how will it affect my tomorrow? While it was Mr. Crespo who lead me to your podcast, the hosts will keep me coming back!
My favorite arts ed podcast!
I may be a bit biased, but I love this podcast. Since Matt and Laura started hosting, the quality has been incredible! It is meaningful to me to hear about the experiences of other arts educators and arts integration/STEAM educators. I highly recommend this!