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The Willits Center for the Arts is excited to announce ART TALKS, a new initiative inviting retired teachers and community members to volunteer as Art History instructors for students in grades K 12. This program is designed to bring the wonders of art history to young learners, fostering a deep appreciation for cultural and artistic achievements.
To prepare volunteers for this rewarding role, a comprehensive training session will be held on June 28-29. The training will equip participants with the necessary skills to deliver engaging and informative Art History lectures. Each volunteer will receive professional PowerPoint presentations and detailed lesson plans tailored to various age groups and learning levels.
Training Details:
•    Dates: June Friday 28-Saturday, June 29, 2024
•    Location: Willits Center for the Arts, 71 E. Commercial St, Willits, CA
•    Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The training sessions will cover essential lecture delivery techniques, effective use of visual aids, and strategies for engaging students. Volunteers will be guided through the process of presenting Art History topics, ensuring they feel confident and prepared to inspire young minds.
"We are thrilled to launch ART TALKS and bring art history into our classrooms throughout Mendocino County," said Gary Martin, curator of the Willits Center for the Arts. We have already reached 3 school districts and a reservation serving 2,000 students.  We hope to reach all 12 school districts in Mendocino County. "This program offers a unique opportunity for retired educators and community members to share their passion for art and education, enriching the learning experience for our students."  The program will take up 1-3 days depending on the size of your school district.
Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up by contacting Gary Martin at (707) 972-3326 or by emailing While prior teaching experience is not required, a passion for art and education is highly valued.

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