Robert Rauschenberg reviewing contact sheets in studio, date unknown.
       Photograph by Sidney B. Felsen.
       ©2011 Sidney B. Felsen. All rights Reserved.


The Power of Art

Teaching Students with Learning Differences Through Art
April 25 through April 28, 2013
Washington, DC 

Celebrating its 20th year, The Power of Art is a three-day workshop in Washington, D.C. that explores strategies for using art to engage and teach academic skills to students with different learning profiles of strengths and weaknesses. The Power of Art will include direct experience with a varietyof learning strategies,tours and workshops at The Lab School, activity-oriented tours of the Smithsonian Institution,and discussions with leaders from the fields of art,art education,special education and museums. Participants will be encouraged to synthesize and adapt ideas, resources, and activities they encounter during The Power of Art for implementation in their own schools and communities.

The Power of Art is a partnership between The Lab School of Washington, DC and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution.

Hotel accomodations and all meals are provided, from the evening of April 25 through mid-day on April 28. Limited travel funds are available.

Forty attendees will be selected through an application process. Acceptance for The Power of Art is competitive. Appplications are available at and are due by Friday, March 15, 2013.

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Program overview:

Thursday, April 25

Participants arrive in Washington, DC

Welcome reception for all participants with an overview of the program and a presentation about the history of The Power of Art, celebrating the 20th anniversary of a friendship and partnership between The Lab School, Robert Rauschenberg and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Friday, April 26

The Lab School, a K-12 school renowned for engaging students with learning differences through the arts, will present strategies through tours and workshops with teaching artists and Chris Rauschenberg. Participants will experience, first- hand, the role the arts play in The Lab School where students spend a significant portion of each day in arts classes carefully planned to enhance academic achievement, build organizational skills and strengthen self-esteem.

Saturday, April 27

The Smithsonian Institution will be a dynamic context for activity-oriented tours featuring programs for young adults with learning differences and programs that use art to engage students in history, science and culture. Programs to be explored in depth include Art lab at the Hirshhorn Museum and Art Cart at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and, during lunch at the National Museum of the American Indian, a presentation on native plants as creative media. Participants will also have opportunities to experience programs at the National Museum of American History, Freer/Sackler, and the National Museum of Natural History.

Sunday, April 28

Celebratory brunch discussion of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Power of Art implementation grants will culminate The Power of Art.  Participants depart in the afternoon/evening.

The Power of Art is funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

About the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF)

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was formed by Robert Rauschenberg in1990 to promote awareness of the causes and groups close to his heart. Activities of the Foundation include managing the artwork, exhibition and scholarship of Robert Rauschenberg as well as the growth of the philanthropy programs that intersect art and issues central to Robert Rauschenberg's concerns during his lifetime. The Foundation's vision, mission and strategy are coordinated to promote the founder's values and ensure that all endeavors express the essence of Robert Rauschenberg's legacy.

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