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mindPOP is an exciting new initiative committed to expanding creative learning for kids and teens across Austin. Our fresh approach brings together arts education programs and funds ideas that help local students become inspired thinkers.

The core elements of mindPOP – exhaustive research, collaborative problem-solving, and unprecedented funding – span two key efforts:

mindPOP Roadmap: Led by University of Texas professor Dr. Deborah Edward and a select team of graduate students, this research effort pinpoints the gaps in access to arts education. These findings will guide the community in creating a first-ever roadmap to solving many longstanding challenges.

mindPOP Solutions: The key to success is to improve collaboration between nonprofit arts education providers, and to make sure they have sufficient funds to take action. Led by Dr. Brent Hasty, mindPOP Solutions organizes nonprofit peer groups to meet with field experts, analyze local obstacles, and identify promising practices. Each group will address a specific barrier to high quality, accessible arts education. Four $25,000 collaborative grants will be available for implementing solutions, as well as several $1000-$2500 mini-grants to individual arts.

mindPOP Projects

mindPOPS! Professional Development Email Blasts

mindPOP produced an innovative approach to professional development for teaching artists and docents called mindPOPS! This series of tightly focused learning modules address very specific instructional issues (e.g. classroom management strategies; questioning techniques; fielding incorrect answers; etc.) that include easy-to-read rationales, clear recommendations and video examples demonstrating effective and ineffective techniques. The mindPOPS! were distributed […]

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