Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Lauren Appel
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
With over a decade of experience in arts education, Lauren Appel has worked as an educator at many cultural institutions in Washington and New York, including Arts Corps, Hilltop Artists, Seattle Children's Theater, Youth Theatre Northwest, Rubin Museum of Art, Abrons Arts Center, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She holds a BA in theater from Smith College and a MSEd in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. Lauren has worked with students of all ages as a visual arts educator, a theatre teaching artist, and a museum and gallery educator. She has a particular interest in curriculum-integrated arts learning, collaborating with classroom teachers and school administrators, and working with English Language Learners.

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Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

I have taught with a wide range of material and media. In theater I have used creative drama, story drama, performance development, and various embodied learning strategies to connect to classroom curriculum across many disciplines.  Likewise, in visual art I have facilitated workshops with a variety of art materials including embroidery, painting, glass mosaics, and block printing. I have worked at museums and art centers that focus on modern and contemporary art, as well as at a museum focused on art from the Himalayan region - this broad base of experience allows me to be very flexible and adaptable in meeting the needs of a particular school or group of students and designing meaningful projects for all involved.
Theater, Visual Art


Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
My teaching philosophy is rooted in constructivist educational theory and practice, and is informed by my extensive work and training as a teaching artist and my graduate study at Bank Street College of Education, which included teaching certification and fieldwork in the classroom. I have experience in classrooms both as a visiting artist and a classroom teacher and have also facilitated significant long-term and short-term professional development workshops for teachers. This range of experiences affirms my immense respect for the daily work of classroom teachers, and my understanding of the day-to-day aspects of school partnerships that must be attended to.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
I have designed lessons that integrate the visual art and theater into a number of disciplines, including social studies, language arts, English language learning, math, and science, and look forward to the possibility of collaborating with teachers and administrators in continuing this work. My experience in museum education also provides opportunities to incorporate object-based learning in the classroom, and, if relevant, the design of field trips to museums and cultural institutions to further support classroom learning.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
As mentioned, I have significant experience working with English Language Learners, as well as court-involved youth, special education students, parent groups, and have led professional development for K-12 teachers and education students preparing to become classroom teachers. I have worked with thousands of students, at a range of levels of development, ages early childhood though college in formal and informal settings.
Testimonials from Schools
References are available upon request.


As an independent contractor coming into a school and designing a project, facilitating planning process, and teaching classes, I charge an average of $60/hour for teaching and prep and planning. This rate is negotiable, depending on the specific project and setting. I am open to a range of project hours and residency structures, and am happy to work with any setting to come up with a project and budget that fits the needs of that particular community.


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