Arts Education

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Partners in Education:

A partnership among the Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield City Schools, and the Renaissance Performing Arts Association has been selected as a Partners in Education team by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The local partnership is among just 14 new Kennedy Center teams announced this month across the nation and the only team to be named from Ohio.

The program is based on the belief that the professional development of teachers is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. The Kennedy Center's extensive experience with its local professional development program, established in 1976, provides the basis for this national program.

What is Arts Integration?

Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students engage in a creative process that connects an art form, such as dancing or singing, with another subject area, such as math or reading. Since not all students learn the same way, the arts integration approach reaches students despite these differences-whether a child learns best by talking, seeing, singing, or writing, arts integration accommodates many diverse learning styles in one classroom. The Kennedy partnership offers a wealth of resources to Mansfield teachers, who will now have access to a variety of local, state, and national teaching artists in their own classrooms. A series of professional development workshops throughout the coming years will help teachers learn how to seamlessly integrate arts activities into lesson plans to not only help students be more engaged in school, but also retain information better and achieve their greatest learning potential.

The Mansfield Partnership

The Mansfield partnership team (a.k.a. the Ohio 2010 team) vied for a spot in the prestigious program against numerous other teams across the nation, and was inducted into the program in May 2010. Mansfield is one of only 100 partnership sites across the United States. The Kennedy Center Partners in Education program represents a great honor for The Renaissance, the Mansfield Art Center, and Mansfield City Schools, and the program looks to have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of Mansfield City Schools K-12 students and teachers over the coming years.

Team Members:

Mike Miller, President/CEO, The Renaissance
Chelsie Thompson, Director of Operations, The Renaissance
Jody Nash, Principal of Spanish Immersion School, Mansfield City Schools
Carole Swope, Board Member, Mansfield Art Center


· Learn more about the  Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program.

· Discover valuable resources for educators looking to use the arts in the classroom on the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education website.

· Find information on grants for Teaching Artists in Residence through VSA Ohio, the state organization on arts and disability.


Mary Cooper

Mary Cooper is the Education Coordinator at the MAC and teaches many of the specialty children’s classes such as homeschool art, mommy and me, Girl Scout workshops, clay workshops and coordinates school field trips. She earned her Bachelors of Education degree with a minor in Photography from The University of Toledo in 2006 and is certified to teach Visual Arts PK-12.  On her own time, Mary is fascinated by the technical nature of photography and being able to capture fleeting moments in peoples’ lives. She enjoys being behind her camera and photographing weddings, engagement sessions, family portraits and more. She has also been a vendor at the Ashland Fall Festival for the Arts in addition to being part of the Etsy community where she enjoys selling her personalized “keepsakes”.

George Whitten

George Whitten has been a studio artist and educator since earning a master of fine arts degree at Wichita State University in 1974.  He is the Director of the Boston Mills Artfest and has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Florida Atlantic University.  For 35 years, he has been exhibiting abstract paintings, Raku pottery and sculpture.  

In addition to national and international exhibits of his work, his pieces are part of the fine art collections at numerous museums, art schools, universities and corporations across the United States. His work has been featured in dozens of professional journals, popular publications, and film documentaries

Jerry Francl Sr.

My education is in electrical Engineering (Purdue) followed by 5 years in local industries and 40 years of teaching engineering technology, industrial controls and robotics at NCTC/NCSC. My interest at present is teaching young people (and the young-at-heart) about using a computer as a tool to create digital media art (stories, animation, games and simulations) using the Scratch programming language. I also teach how to construct 3D, interactive environments using sensors and actuators connected to a programmed Arduino board using the Scratch for Arduino (S4A) programming language.

I've been a member of the Mansfield Art Center since the early 1970's. Some of my other interests are photography (since 1967), and collecting antique cameras and photographs, I read a lot and have a passion for history, especially Roman. Having cast off television I watch , art films, foreign language films, noire films, sci-fi from the 1950's, Godzilla, and Charlie Chan. I tend to be skeptical of any film that is not black and white.

A member of the Planetary Society, I anticipate landing on a comet this fall, seeing Pluto close-up in next year, and hope my granddaughter gets to take her trip to go to the moon. Me, I'm holding out for Mars.

Irene Maginniss

Inspired by the world around her, Maginniss loves travel and exploring near and far, most recently visiting Africa and Costa Rica. Photography continues to play a part in recording memories as well as occasional inclusions in artwork in the form of image transfers.  Since her retirement from public school teaching, she has begun an intensive exploration in fusing glass as she expands her opportunities to create and express ideas through new materials and processes. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Maginniss has had additional coursework at Miami & Ashland Universities, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and she continues to study and expand her knowledge and interest in surface design.  She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States in national and invitational shows, festivals and galleries. Maginniss has taught and lead workshops, has been an Artist in Residence in the schools, and taught art at all levels.  She continues to be an advocate of the arts for people of all ages and cultures. 

Emily Solon

Emily Solon is in her fourth year as a fine arts major focusing in drawing and painting at The Ohio State University. She intends to go to grad school after finishing her BFA in order to teach the arts at a college level. Emily has won numerous awards for her art such as OSU-Mansfield's 2013 Student Art Exhibition award, the Marion B. Goodman Scholarship for the arts, OSU-Mansfield's 2014 Art, Music, and Theater Book Award, as well as an award for Outstanding Student Scholarship in the OSU-Mansfield Undergraduate Research Forum. Emily enjoys exploring a variety of art forms through drawing, painting, sculpting, and digital media.

Cameron Sharp

Cameron Sharp is an artist, educator, and advocate for individuals with disabilities.  Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he received his bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in photography from The Ohio State University.  He has worked closely with artists with developmental disabilities through organizations such as VSA Ohio (Very Special Artists); the Dublin Arts Council in Dublin, Ohio; and Element of Art Studio/Gallery in Mansfield, Ohio.  Sharp currently teaches children with autism.  An active participant in Ohio’s art scene, he recently displayed his creative work in solo exhibitions at the Coburn Art Gallery at Ashland University and Roy G Biv Gallery for Emerging Artists in Columbus, Ohio.  Sharp’s artwork examines issues of memory, time, family, and space as springboards to approach greater interpersonal relationships.

Heidi Wyrick

Over the last 3 years, Heidi has developed into an extremely passionate polymer clay artist.  She teaches polymer clay classes for adults and children at the MAC as well as in her large home based studio that she shares with her wonderful husband Chuck and their dog Milo in Ontario, Ohio.  She creates Polymer Clay jewelry,  pens, pencils, razors, tooth-brushes, makeup mirrors, bowls and wine stoppers just to name a few.   Because of polymer clays versatility, it can beautifully mimic most of natures wonderful elements such as pearl, jade, wood, leather and many many more.  Polymer clay stays soft and pliable until baked.  Heidi considers this the most forgiving medium that she has ever worked with and she loves how she is still learning something new each and every day.

Bill Dinkins

Bill Dinkins, a local artist, is a new instructor at Mansfield Art Center. He will be teaching youth and adult classes in drawing, watercolor, and pastels. Each class involves demonstrations and plenty of individual instruction to help students succeed in creating work that is both challenging and uniquely original.

Locally, his paintings can be viewed at The Mansfield Art Center's Gallery Shop, Art Space in downtown Mansfield and Coppertop gallery in Loudonville.