ARTSFAIRFAX 2019 Arts Educational Panel ‘Think Like an Artist: Creativity in the Classroom’

By East City Art Editorial Team on September 9, 2019

Panel: Saturday, September 14 from 8:30am to 11am

ARTSFAIRFAX welcomes the community to the 2019 Arts Educational Panel, ‘Think Like an Artist: Creativity in the Classroom’ featuring Dr. Kimberly Sheridan, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at George Mason University and Julie Carmean, Museum Educator and Coordinator of Professional Development at the National Gallery of the Art on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tara Taylor, K-12 Theatre and Dance Educational Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools, will moderate the panel discussion on how the arts help students develop critical thinking and collaboration skills at the Reston Community Center Hunter Woods (Rooms 2-3-4). The event is open to the public, but advance registration is recommended at

The Arts Education Panel brings together artists, educators, and community leaders for an in-depth and engaging look at how the arts serve as a catalyst for learning.

“Integrating more arts related programming into our classrooms is critical to the development of our next generation workforce,” said Linda S. Sullivan, President & CEO of ARTSFAIRFAX. “The arts challenge students to think critically, collaborate with others, and receive different perspectives.  Engaging the education and the broader community in these discussions is important.”

About the Panel

Kimberly Sheridan, Ph.D. is affiliated with the Learning Technologies and Research Methods programs and holds a joint appointment in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Sheridan’s research takes a sociocultural perspective on learning, with a focus on how this learning is situated in diverse and changing contexts with the advent of new digital technologies.

Julie Carmean plans and facilitates professional development for classroom teachers and museum educators on-site and online, teaches in the galleries and studio, and writes curriculum and educational resources at the National Gallery of Art. She recently led the development and production of the online course Teaching Critical Thinking through Arts with the National Gallery of Art, now open on the edX platform.

Tara Taylor is the K-12 Theatre and Dance Educational Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). During her tenure, FCPS has revised and implemented the secondary Program of Studies for both Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre as well as developed secondary Theatre Arts Planning and Pacing Guides. In 2018, Ms. Taylor was recognized by FCPS as an “Outstanding Leader” by the K-12 Instructional Services Department.

For more information about the Arts Education Panel and ARTSFAIRFAX’s Artist Residency Program, visit


ARTSFAIRFAX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, incorporated in 1964, as Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency.  ARTSFAIRFAX is funded in part by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.