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Thursday, June 21 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Arts Integration: S.T.E.A.M.

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Budgets for the arts in schools continue to shrink at the same time that educational priorities are shifting toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Opera companies are responding by working more strategically with school partners to create needs-based arts curricula that aim to fill achievement gaps in these areas while ensuring that students have access to quality arts learning. Learn how opera companies are implementing innovative S.T.E.M. and arts-integrated approaches in their communities.

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Brenda Huggins

Learning and Leadership Manager, OPERA America
I manage the Education and Community Engagement Network at OPERA America, and work to create professional development opportunities for opera educators. I also mentor the Opera Teens Advisory Committee, made-up of high school students from across the country who represent their local... Read More →

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Rebecca Kirk

Manager of Education Programs, Boston Lyric Opera
Rebecca Ann S. Kirk, M.Ed. has worked in the overlapping fields of creative youth development, arts education, and community engagement for nearly fifteen years. She has managed youth programs and school partnerships for Boston Lyric Opera for three seasons and has previously worked... Read More →
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Tim Mulhall

Manager of Youth Development, Saint Louis Science Center
Tim Mulhall holds a Master's of Social Work from Saint Louis University and has a background of working with youth in out-of-school programming. Prior to the YES program, Tim delivered customized programs on character education, anti-bullying, health relationships and body image... Read More →
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Dr. Pamela Retzlaff

Principal, The BiOME STEAM School
Dr. Pamela Retzlaff has been an educator for 36 years, working in private and public schools and as an adjunct university instructor. Dr. Retzlaff is dedicated to teaching and learning and has spent her career working with children, teachers and parents to provide the best learning... Read More →
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Nathan Rifenburg

Education Manager, LA Opera
I have been Education Manager for LA Opera since 2015, and before that worked as a teaching artist with the company visiting schools throughout Los Angeles County. My background includes teaching music in schools, performing in regional theater and music directing in various community... Read More →

Thursday June 21, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Sterling 6, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session
  • Area of Focus EDU