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AFA: This Being Human is the Curriculum: Welcoming Feelings to School

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This workshop is a part of a series of TAP Cohort workshops led by staff and artists at Arts for All in 2020.

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Rumi, the 13th century Sufi poet wrote: ”This being human is a guesthouse. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness.” Life doesn’t stop when we enter the school - not for kids, teachers, administrators or teaching artists. What about all the messy stuff that cannot be stowed in a locker or cubby? While we're busy teaching art and the Common Core, the hidden curricula is about how we all work with our hearts, minds, bodies, circumstances, and those of the people around us. In this experiential workshop, we’ll practice simple tools from art, theater and mindfulness traditions to awaken the feeling being, increase our sensitivity, and work more confidently with emotions. You'll walk away with self-care techniques you can implement in the classroom - and in your own human guesthouse.

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Shawn Shafner is an artist, educator and activist. Creator of The People's Own Organic Power Project (www.thePOOPproject.org), he has catalyzed conversation about sustainable sanitation from NYC's largest wastewater treatment plant to the United Nations. Shawn teaches movement through the lineage of acclaimed choreographer Tamar Rogoff and sings with Marisa Michelson’s Constellation Chor Ensemble (Song of Song of Songs at Symphony Space 4/13, April residency at Pioneer Works). He has been developing arts-integrated curriculum with Arts for All since 2005, and currently serves on the Programming Committee. He has been teaching mindfulness in schools with Move This World since 2015, and in 2018 completed a 200 hour Mindfulness Teacher Training program with Ethan Nichtern, Dr. Shante Smalls and David Perrin.

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