April 26, 2018

Meet Our New School Director

Jennifer M. Awe (pronounced Ow-ee) has joined The Alpha Workshops as the Director for The Alpha Workshops Studio School. She brings with her over 15 years of experience as an educator and higher education administrator in both visual arts and performing arts colleges. Recognized as a highly successful change agent within the education sector, Jen lends strategic leadership, regulatory compliance, organizational development, and instructional planning to the role of School Director.

Jen is a summa cum laude graduate of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and received her doctorate in higher education administration and conflict resolution & negotiation in 2011.  She earned a masters in special education and a bachelors in exercise physiology & biomechanics from the University of Wisconsin. Her previous administrative roles include Dean of Student Affairs at The Juilliard School in New York, NY, and Associate Dean of Students at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. In addition, Jen worked as a strategy consultant for both private businesses and creative arts organizations throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

For more information about Jen’s background or to connect with her online, please view her LinkedIn profile. 

Train The Teacher Workshop

For the third time, The Alpha Workshops Studio School hosted ten teachers from District 75, a citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, and/or are multiply disabled. Lead by Lead Instructor Carol Cannon, the District 75 teachers met on Mondays between March 5 – April 9, 2018 and learned ways in which to help their students make products for a new micro-enterprise initiative.

“Love it! Sad for it to be over! Thank you!”

“Thank you for everything. It’s been a pleasure. Please keep us in mind when you plan more in the future!”

My Creative Future

Now in its second year, My Creative Future, accepted nine students, ages 17 to 24-year-old youth for an eight-week intensive program spearheaded by AWSS graduate Jeff Beler and Carol Cannon. Other teachers include graduate Charles Bryant and Alpha founder Ken Wampler. Participants in the MCF program will have the opportunity to work and learn:

  • a variety of ways of working with their hands;
  • a variety of working artists and many artistic styles;
  • an opportunity to explore their own creative process, both independently and in community;
  • a broad range of possibilities for creative careers.

To learn more about the MCF program, please view the online materials.