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Introducing "Summer Institute: Lifting the Human Spirit," an International Conference on Arts & Healing! Dive into a transformative experience starting with our Public Symposium on June 2, 2024, followed by two days of immersive workshops on June 3 and 4. Whether you're a Classroom Teacher, a Teaching Artist, or a Community Member in arts, health, or education, this institute is designed for you. Explore trauma-informed teaching practices, creative tools for self-healing, and the powerful impact of arts in times of disaster. Secure your spot by registering now!


Ideal Participants for this Institute:

This institute will bring together multiple groups from Hawaii, the United States and Internationally, including:

  1. Classroom Teachers (through HIDOE and private or independent settings)

  2. Teaching Artists (through HSFCA’s Teaching Artist Roster and other settings)

  3. Community Members (who work in the fields of arts, health and education)





  • HI Teaching Artist  | 2pm-3pm

            (Required for HSFCA Teaching Artists) 

 Lesson Planning with Standards​




  • All Registrants | 2pm-3pm


Ho'olauna + Institute Preparation



  • HI Teaching Artist Gathering | 9am-1pm

            (Required for HSFCA Teaching Artists)​

  • Afternoon Public Symposium | 1pm-3pm

    • Location: MACC McCoy Complex​



Workshops | 7am-2pm



Workshops | 9am-2pm

  • Location: MACC McCoy Complex



DOE/Classroom Teachers Gathering | 9am-2pm (Designed for Classroom Teachers)

  • Location: MACC McCoy Complex


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Professor O’Connor is the Director of the Centre for Arts and Social Transformation, The Centre researches on the possibilities for the arts to create more socially just and equitable worlds. He is an internationally recognised expert in making and researching applied theatre and drama education. He has made theatre in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, earthquake zones and with the homeless. . His work in Christchurch schools following the series of earthquakes led to UNESCO funded research and programme development and the development of the Teaspoon of Light Theatre Company which then worked in Mexico City after major earthquakes in 2017. Peter's most recent research includes multi and interdisciplinary studies on the creative pedagogies and the arts, the nature of embodied learning and the pedagogy of surprise. In 2019 the play he directed with the Hobson Street Theatre Company, New Zealand's only theatre company for people who are or have been homeless, won the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Community Arts Award. He continued his theatre making with the homeless at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust. In 2020 He was presented with the President's Award by Drama New Zealand for his life long contribution to Drama education and social justice. He led the development of Te Rito Toi, an on line resource to support the return to schools during COVID 19 by using an arts and well being approach. Used in 120 countries around the world, the site had over 280,000 page views in its first month of use. He leads the University of Auckland team working alongside the Sir John Kirwan Foundation on a mental health education approach for Primary schools.

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Poet and scholar Selina Tusitala Marsh is of Samoan, Tavaluan, English, Scottish, and French descent. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and was the first Pacific Islander to earn a PhD in English from the University of Auckland. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Fast Talking PI (2009), which won an NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry and was named a Best First Book at the New Zealand Book Awards, and Dark Sparring (2013). A noted performer, Marsh represented Tuvalu in the Poetry Olympics in London 2012, and she was named the official Commonwealth poet in 2016. Marsh’s scholarly work focuses on Maori and Pacific literature and culture. She edits and maintains Pasifika Poetry, a website devoted to preserving and curating the work of Pacific poets. She is a professor at the University of Auckland and co-chair of the South Pacific Association of Language and Literature.

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Jean (she/her) is a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education, working extensively in their local programs and international consultancies. She received Lincoln Center’s Directors Emeriti Award in 2012. Jean teaches Theatrical Clown for The New School for Drama’s BFA and MFA programs and most recently taught Clown for the World Economic Forum Global Leadership program at Columbia University.She presented at the International Teaching Artist Conferences in Oslo, Norway in 2012 and Brisbane, Australia in 2014. Her most recent performance work with director Eric Nightengale, True Hazards of Childhood, premiered at The Barrow Group in 2013. Jean studied clown/movement with Philippe Gaulier, Ronlin Foreman, David Shiner and Merry Conway, among others. Her approach to theatrical clown has been published in Movement for Actors, Allworth Press. She is a member of The Teaching Artist Journal’s editorial board and a board member of The Maxine Greene Center for Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination.



A Cultural Arts Envoy of the U.S. Department of State since 2010, Nicole Taylor has traveled across the globe offering concerts, masterclasses & educational outreach programs. She has taught 150+ music education outreach programs in 15+ countries across the Middle East, North Africa & Europe. Ms. Taylor holds a Masters degree from The Juilliard School in NY & has 25+ years of personal practice & training. She has taught masterclasses at Franz Liszt Academy & Kodaly Institute in Hungary, Royal Danish Academy of Music in Denmark, Dar Al Kalima University in Palestine, & Franco American Institute in France. Regional Network Leader, NAC member and ITAC US Hub Liaison for TAG.

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ChelseaDee Harrison is a theater maker, teaching artist and so much more. In addition to being a wonderful teaching artist for New Victory programs, she has been part of our TA Enrichment Team for over two years, working closely with Courtney Boddie, Lindsey and the other Education and New Victory staff as a thought partner to support our institutional thinking, planning and initiatives. In a recent conversation, she mentioned wanting to further explore how the skills of teaching artists can creatively activate advocacy, innovative thinking and more. She is also interested in working with arts organizations based in Hawaii and applied for the TYA fellowship. She recently joined the Teaching Artist Guild as a NAC member for the Advocacy subcommittee.

Mahalo to our sponsors & partners

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The mission of the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) is to promote, perpetuate, and preserve culture and the arts in Hawai'i.


Teaching Artists Guild (TAG), is a practitioner-led community which raises the visibility and development of artists who teach. We are the voice of the teaching artist, communicating the depth and breadth of work that teaching artists provide our educational systems and communities.

Center for Arts & Social Transformation CAST at the University of Auckland

The Centre researches how the arts have the potential to make a more socially just and equitable world through improving the quality of life of all citizens.

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