In an aim to formulate future professional development and artist residency offerings, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge commissioned Dr. Hipp to author a mixed-methods study to explore the research question, “How do stakeholders perceive the state of arts education/integration in their schools and communities?” This study and weaved together interviews of school administrators, arts specialists, and community arts organizations with arts classroom observations and classroom teacher survey data. Research highlights were shared at the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Annual Meeting in 2020.
Using The Center for Childhood Creativity’s CREATE Framework as a guide, Dr. Hipp worked with the staff of The Knock Knock Children’s Museum to produce an observation tool for the museum education setting. Playworkers, educators, learning staff, and volunteers then participated in a workshop featuring a series of demonstration activities designed around demonstrating effectiveness on the observation tool. Afterwards, participants evaluated Dr. Hipp’s effectiveness using the observation tool and discussed adaptations.
From January, 2020 – June, 2020, Dr. Hipp hosted the Teaching Trailblazers Podcast, a production of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. The podcast features teachers, artists, and leaders in the field. Teaching Trailblazers is available on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, and streams on The Institute’s website.