Thursday, August 18, 2011

Professional Development for K-12 teachers

Sangamon Auditorium and Springfield Public Schools are pleased to announce this year's season of events in the Partners in Education program.  

Through the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the two local entities work together to create and develop arts programs for the education of teachers. This includes expanding teachers’ abilities to integrate the arts into the curriculum using the best teaching practices and building their confidence, comfort, and enthusiasm in teaching in and about the arts. 

Participation in the Partners in Education professional development events is encouraged for fine arts teachers and any teachers wanting to integrate arts learning with other subject areas.

2011-2012 Partners in Education Workshops
All workshops are $15 per person.  If you register for two or more workshops they are only $10 per person.  If two or more people from your school register for the same workshop, you will also receive the discounted price of $10 per person.  To register for these workshops, please call the Ticket Office at 217.206.6160 or click here for the online registration form.

Friday, February 3, 2012, 1-4 p.m.
Regional Office of Education Staff Development Center

For Teachers of All Grade Levels, Art Specialists, and Administrators
Workshop leader:  Melanie Layne

Communicating what students have learned through arts-integrated instruction can be complex and challenging. How do we share the learning process or the depth of student understanding when a product or performance only shows a part of it? In this session, explore purposes, components, and formats for communicating arts-integrated instruction and student learning, and consider ways to align them to the needs of various constituencies, such as school administrators and parents. Melanie Layne shares a wealth of experience and authentic examples of documentation that demonstrate student learning in a variety of art forms and subject areas.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. (a light meal will be provided)
Regional Office of Education Staff Development Center

For Teachers of Grades 5-8
Workshop leader:  Glenis Redmond

This workshop is based on the belief that poetry, in addition to being written and read, should be performed.  Teachers will learn ways to help students use brainstorming, imagery, and layering to write powerful and effective poems.  Clear and easy poetic structures and formats empower students to expand their imaginations and to cross creative boundaries.  Participants will also examine ways to involve students in memorizing and performing their poems to further communicate the written word with appropriate voice projection, physical stance, and gesture.

Monday, March 26, 2012, 5 to 7 p.m. (a light meal will be provided)
Sangamon Auditorium stage (enter through Sangamon Auditorium lobby)

For Teachers of Grades 2-8
Workshop leader:  Garry Krinsky

Through his “Toying with Science” teacher workshop, Garry Krinsky encourages participants to experience content that integrates scientific principals with creative performance skills.  Participants will experience the information in three ways: 1) as learners (students), 2) as appliers (teachers), and 3) as adapters. Teachers will first experience and digest this new information for themselves, as their students do. After each activity, they will then explore how they would apply this experience to their classrooms, adapting it to their individual needs and themes. Topics include gravity and air resistance, juggling, simple and compound machines, and exploring mechanics through mime.

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  (a light meal will be provided)
Regional Office of Education Staff Development Center

For Teachers of Grades 1-5
Workshop leader:  Melanie Layne

There’s more to a portrait than you might think. Portraits are often viewed as a mere depiction of a person when in actuality they are a visual text that can be read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s life. This engaging workshop teaches how to help students build background knowledge. Teachers can apply this strategy to teaching historical and literary figures across the curriculum.

*These workshops were developed in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and are partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.
Payment Options:
  • Mail a check payable to Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, University of Illinois Springfield, One University Plaza MS PAC 292, Springfield, IL 62703. Please write the name of the workshop in the memo line of the check.
  • Pay with credit card over the phone at 217.206.6160, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Pay in-person at the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office (Level 2 of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus), Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Payment is due one week prior to the workshop.
If you have any questions, please contact Carly Shank at 217.206.6150

Friday, August 5, 2011

Sangamon Auditorium Volunteer Association is currently accepting new volunteers for 2011-2012

The Sangamon Auditorium Volunteer Association is currently accepting new volunteers for the 2011-2012 schedule of events and performances at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS.

A dedicated, trained corps of over 280 volunteers, SAVA (Sangamon Auditorium Volunteer Association) members make up a team of ushers that help greet, tear tickets, hand out show programs and help ensure the safety and comfort of patrons attending performances and other events at Sangamon Auditorium and the UIS Studio Theatre. Volunteers also have opportunities to provide support, if interested and available, in the administrative office as needed assisting with marketing, community outreach and the Auditorium’s educational and family programs.

Speaking about the benefits of being a volunteer at Sangamon Auditorium, Carly Shank, director of audience and development and communication said, “Although it’s a wonderful way to support the university and the arts, it’s also great way to network and make social connections within the community. It’s the best way to get involved with our organization.”

Requirements and Expectations - Sangamon Auditorium Volunteers are requested to volunteer for at least three events a semester and required to attend at least one mandatory training session. There are still two training sessions that will be offered during the month of August on Saturday, August 20th, 10:00 AM-12:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 28th, 3:00-5:30 p.m. New and returning volunteers are only required to attend one of the sessions. Training sessions are held at Sangamon Auditorium. Those planning on attending are asked to RSVP by calling Mindy McCaffrey at the number below.

For a complete description of volunteer responsibilities and expectations, please visit

For additional information, or to join the Sangamon Auditorium Volunteer Association, contact Mindy McCaffrey at 206-8288 or

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

We want your kitchen sink! Seriously, we do.

Still got that interesting sink from last year when you remodeled your kitchen? Or maybe an old sink you discovered in the basement or out in the barn?

We would like to see it.

Sangamon Auditorium is so excited to present, new this year, a series of eclectic performing arts events in the intimate setting of the UIS Studio Theatre that we are calling the UIS Kitchen Sink Series. For fun, we are looking for a unique kitchen sink that we can decorate and display at all our upcoming UIS Kitchen Sink Series events. Between now and September 1, 2011, we are accepting images of unique kitchen sinks that you might have and would like to donate to Sangamon Auditorium. If your sink is selected, we will give you a pair of tickets to UIS Kitchen Sink Series event of your choice – plus all the bragging rights that come with it! Simply email your images to to enter to win.