Virtual Teaching Workshops for CT Teaching Artists

CT Office of the Arts |  November 23, 2020

The Connecticut Office of the Arts and Oddfellows Playhouse invite you to join us for a series of workshops intended to help Teaching Artists excel, or at least feel comfortable, in the Virtual Teaching World. All workshops will be held on Zoom.

The first workshop is a general overview of the challenges and opportunities presented by teaching in virtual space. The following three will be smaller sessions (each limited to 12 participants) designed for teachers of specific art forms and will provide more time for addressing the challenges of virtually presenting that particular art form, for give and take, troubleshooting, asking questions and brainstorming solutions. All workshops will be led by Steve Van Ness of Impact Arts.

Monday, December 7, 4:30 – 6 pm: Teaching Arts in the Virtual World

This initial session will focus on a broad overview, which will include:

  • What are your greatest pain points teaching art virtually?
  • The process of reimagining events and thinking outside the box to create new virtual events and teaching methods for your students and audiences.
  • A discussion of how to determine what platform or platforms to use for virtual teaching and events from DIY to production supported broadcasts.
  • A discussion on monetizing virtual performances to support teaching virtually.
    • Can you charge, how much,
    • Should it be donation based
    • Cause related marketing and sponsorship to support monetization.
  • Open Q&A round table

 Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5 – 6:30 pm: Theater and Dance*

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5 – 6:30 pm: Visual Arts and Writing*

Thursday, Dec. 10, 5 – 6:30 pm: Music*

 To register for the initial session and one of the follow up sessions, please send an email to with the subject line “Virtual Teaching Workshops”. Please include your name, email, cell phone number and which of the three follow-up workshops that you will be attending in addition to the Intro session.

All sessions are offered free of charge to CT Teaching Artists thanks to the CT Office of the Arts.

*You must register for and attend the Monday evening Introductory Session to attend the smaller group sessions.

Zoom link will be sent out one hour before each workshop.