Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Janet Nechama Miller
Partner Type
Individual
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement

Janet Nechama Miller is a queer Jewish visual artist and art teacher who was born and raised in Seattle.  She’s been teaching art and exhibiting her work around Seattle for over 15 years.  Janet’s artwork is inspired by social justice movements that she has connected with and learned from over the years.  Her focus is to honor memories and stories—both personal and collective—through creating layers of symbolic collage elements.  As a teaching artist, she provides opportunities for her students to approach their work in this manner, and to see their work as a powerful form of communication and tool for social change.  Janet's primary goals as a teaching artist are to empower students to authentically express their identities and truths through artwork, to create an affirming environment that allows students to take artistic risks, and to cultivate an environment of equity, inclusion and mutual respect. 

Contact Information

First Name
Janet Nechama
Last Name
Miller
Address
4527 13th Ave. S.
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98108
Phone
(206) 860-4896

Grade Levels Preferred

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

Artistic Disciplines

Type
Visual Art: Mixed-media painting, drawing and collage; printmaking; book arts; encaustic painting; social justice art and design.
Discipline
Visual Art

Experience

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
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
Yes
Experience with Students in Special Education
Yes

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach

My goals as a teaching artist are to empower students to authentically express their thoughts, feelings, identities and truths through artwork, to create an affirming environment that allows students to experiment, share, and take artistic risks without fearing judgment, and to cultivate an environment of mutual respect so we can build bridges across our differences through art making experiences. 

Students need to have their needs met and feel safe in order to learn.  I strive to create an environment in which students have their physical, emotional, and social needs met—while barriers sometimes prevent some students from achieving this in their classrooms, I show my students that I trust them to take care of themselves, encourage them to seek support when needed, and recognize their efforts and achievements.  I believe that all people are artists, and work to help my students recognize the ways in which they are already successful artists, as well as the techniques they can practice in order to improve their art making skills and increase their confidence.  I aim to create a balance between teaching new techniques and encouraging students to freely express their voices. 

Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Expressive art projects can be integrated with language arts, social studies, health, science, and STEM/STEAM.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
I have over 15 years experience facilitating self-defense and boundary setting classes and workshops through the local anti-violence organization Home Alive.  I am always interested in bringing conversations around these topics into my teaching, no matter what the topic. I taught language arts and visual art at Seattle Girls' School (5th-8th grade) for seven years, and especially enjoy that age group. At Seattle Girls' School I co-led three affinity groups:  LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, LGBTQ+ Allies Group, and Jewish Affinity Group.
Testimonials from Schools
Kyle Cook, Seattle Girls' School: kcook@seattlegirlsschool.org

Fees

Fees
Minimum $30/hour. Open to negotiations.

Images

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Mixed Media Self Portrait Made by 5th Grade Student
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Mixed Media Accordion Book Made by 5th Grade Student
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Mixed Media Manifesto Made by High School Student
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Mixed Media Self Portrait Made by High School Student
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Teaching my 4 year old how to do encaustic painting in my art studio

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