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Welcome to the inaugural meeting of the Arts Network hosted by the Bay-Arenac ISD.   We are so happy that you will be joining us at this event.  Please bring a laptop or device to this meeting.  If you have special dietary considerations please send an email to Erika Rupert at ruperte@baisd.net.   Thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to the arts.  
 

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Heather Vaughan-Southard

Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment
Director of Professional Learning for the Michigan Arts Education, Instruction, and Assessment project (MAEIA)
Heather Vaughan-Southard’s writing, teaching, and choreography connects ideas and people through the lens of articulate movement (somatic dance and pilates) to improve communication, create enduring understandings, and enrich the human experience. 



Vaughan-Southard is a movement educator with rich experiences throughout multiple tiers of education, as well as arts and health/wellness industries. She has directed dance programs in higher education, K-12 public schools, and has taught in non-profit and private studios. She works with clients rehabilitating from injury and joint replacement, those emerging from physical therapy or interested in supplementing talk, EMDR, or trauma therapies, and dancers/athletes looking to deepen their work.



With an approach to teaching movement as a liberal art, she draws from her career as a performer and choreographer in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles—to create experiences that move beyond the boundaries of a studio, and translate into improved quality of life whether that be enhanced movement function, deeper self-knowledge, or expressive performance. 



Vaughan-Southard serves as the Professional Learning Director of the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) project. MAEIA, funded by the State of Michigan’s Department of Education and the Michigan Assessment Consortium, has developed a blueprint and assessment specifications for high quality arts education within the K-12 public schools, as well as 360 student assessment items in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.