Barbara Takenaga (American, b. 1949); Aquamarine, 2005; acrylic on canvas. Collection of Randy Allan Kahn. x1200

Jessica Hoffman Davis to give Keynote Address for Kidspace Summer Teachers Institute

Jessica Hoffman Davis, Photo by David Eckert

Jessica Hoffman Davis will deliver the keynote address for the inaugural Kidspace Summer Teachers Institute on Monday, July 30 at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the address where Davis will be available for book signings.

Jessica Hoffmann Davis will focus her talk on the curious nature of children and how their interests and discoveries are expressed in art. She will discuss the importance of involving children in art-making and viewing as it relates to their cognitive and social development. Davis has focused extensively on the importance of arts learning in her roles as a visual artist, writer, cognitive developmental psychologist, and educator. Her book Why Our High Schools Need the Arts (2011), Teachers College Press, is the most recent addition to a long list of research that Davis has published to explain the possibilities of arts-learning.

Kidspace is the collaborative arts education program run by the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (the Clark) and MASS MoCA.  This year marks the inaugural Summer Teachers Institute, which runs from July 30 to August 3, 2012. The annual institute provides professional development for teachers who wish to incorporate arts-based teaching strategies in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street.  For more information, call (413) 458-2303 or visit

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