Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Sara Brickman
Partner Type
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Sara Brickman is an author, performer, and teaching artist from Ann Arbor, MI. The recipient of a grant from 4Culture, Sara is the winner of the Split This Rock Abortion Rights poetry contest, and has attended the Breadloaf Writers Conference and TILL Writers Convergence. An Artist Trust EDGE fellow and the 2013 Rain City Women of the World Slam Champion, her work has been published or is forthcoming in Bestiary, Hoarse, The New, Alight, Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls, and more. As a teacher with Writers-in-the-Schools and Richard Hugo House, Sara empowers youth to tell their stories and find their unique voice. Sara has performed her work at venues across North America, and in 2010 founded a multimedia reading series in her living room called The Hootenanny, to showcase groundbreaking writers and performers.  She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.

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Grade Levels Preferred

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

Artistic Disciplines

I teach writing and comprehension of poetry and performance poetry/spoken word.
Literary Art or Spoken Word/Performance Poetry


Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
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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
I work to integrate my teaching and lesson planning with classroom teachers from the very beginning. I look to classroom teachers for guidance about their students' needs, learning styles, and the cultural and social background of both the students themselves and the school as a whole. I work with teachers to develop lessons that work in tandem with other lesson plans and subjects, as a complimentary track that either integrates or adds something new to their other work. To offer the best arts instruction possible, I rely on teachers for open communication and love it when teachers join in  as we dive into the creative work of writing.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
I have a strong background in incorporating writing instruction into dismantling systems of oppression and addressing difference. This includes work with LGBTQ youth and education around issues of gender and sexuality, work with youth and adults to understand and undo systemic racism, and work to help teachers develop teaching pedagogy and  incorporate issues of social justice into their curriculum. I am also a skilled performance poet with over 15 years experience performing. I work often with youth and adults as a performance coach and spoken word teacher, and am skilled at teaching performance skills as they relate to writing and poetry as well as within a theater or drama context.  
Testimonials from Schools
Ted Lockery, Teacher at Nathan Hale High School,, 206-999-1353 Karen Finneyfrock, Teaching Artist, Writers-in-the-Schools,   More references available upon request.  




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Sara Brickman introducing student Anna Dong at the Writers-in-the-Schools 2014 Student Reading.
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