As artists, writers, and educators, we know that writing and the arts are the tools of our trade. How can we use these tools to teach our students about the world outside our borders? To inspire pride in their own heritages? How can we use global learning to improve skills in writing and the arts? To inspire empathy and compassion in our students? How can we use tools of creativity as tools of peace?

How can we and our students build bridges rather than walls?

Come spend an amazing weekend learning to build bridges with creative writing, the arts, and global learning.

We’ll begin with a focus on you and the unique artistry you bring to your work with students. We’ll move on to theme talks and workshops that motivate creativity in you and your students… inspire art as a form of positive resistance…encourage global awareness…and help you bring the world into your classroom.

Presenters will offer fresh approaches and practical take-home materials. Reflection sessions will give you time to think and plan. Casual evening receptions will let you mingle with other excellent educators, writers, and artists.

Space for this one-of-a-kind institute is limited; reserve your spot today!




Praise From Our 2016 Institute Participants

"I have never experienced such a professional and yet casually comfortable approach to an institute, and I really cherish this experience. I am already looking forward to next year!"

Praise From Our 2016 Institute Participants

"I loved the international level of cross-cultural understanding with peer-to-peer questions and participation."

Praise From Our 2016 Institute Participants

"Amazing weekend – inspiring and powerful. All of the personal touches – food and receptions – created a comfortable learning environment."

Praise From Our 2016 Institute Participants

"The whole institute was an eye-opener for me. I like that it challenged me to be the kind of teacher I can be and that I want to be."


Institute Schedule

Friday, July 28   6-9 pm at Blue Planet Writers’ Room

We Are Beautiful and Strange: Drawing Upon Your Own Creativity

Check-in, Opening Reception

Workshop: Personal Creativity
     Susan Gay Hyatt, PhD
     Blue Planet Writers’ Room, Florida, USA


Saturday, July 29   9 am – 4 pm at Norton Museum of Art

Create Dangerously: Global Arts as Response and Resistance to Turmoil
–Includes Continental Breakfast and Box Lunch–

Theme Talk and Workshop: A Bridge of Birds: Art as Positive Resistance 
     Cora Bresciano
     Blue Planet Writers’ Room, Florida, USA

Drawing upon the ancient Japanese Tanabata legend, this theme talk and workshop will explore how artists and writers in this historical moment can fight frustration and despair by responding and resisting with the tool they know best–their art.

We will look at ways to create and inspire artistic responses, in our own craft and in our students’ work, that address the issues that worry us–or outrage us. We will discuss how we can lead through our art–how we can offer positivity, hope, and avenues of creative (rather than destructive) self-expression to a populace made angry and weary by the spectres of both terrorism and authoritarianism across the world.

Theme Talk: Fighting Isolationism Through Global Education Projects
     Geraldine Heaney
     Platform Glasgow, Scotland

Gallery Walk and Workshop
     Amy Broderick
     Florida Atlantic University, USA

Theme Talk: The Power of the Press
     John Cutrone
     Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida, USA

The perfection of the printing press and movable type in the 15th century revolutionized communication and the dissemination of knowledge, and it wasn’t long before the press became a voice for the people (or for those with access to the technology, at least). This continues to this day, even in our post analog, digital age, which has fueled a renaissance of interest in letterpress printing and the book arts.

In this presentation, we’ll utilize first source materials as we explore the works and ideas of contemporary activist artists working in the old and venerable print medium. We’ll focus on letterpress printing by feisty, politically engaged printers, but in that same populist spirit that fuels the Power of the Press notion, we will bring in other contemporary movements like Xerography and zines; all of this to provide inspiration and fodder for your students to take these ideas and use them as their own as vehicles for positive change.

Evening Reception

Sunday, July 30   12 noon – 5 pm at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

Building a Bridge Out Over the Sea: Crafting Meaningful Global Projects
–Includes Box Lunch–

Theme Talk: Connecting Across Continents: An International Education Project Between Uganda the the USA
     Teddy Nabachwa
     Kasubi Parents School, Kampala, Uganda

Gallery Walk and Workshop: Connecting East and West Through the Arts
     Morikami Museum Education Staff

Theme Talk and Workshop: Global Classrooms
     Charles Gleek, EdD
     Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University

Japanese Gardens Walk and Reflection

Closing Reception


Theme Talk and Workshop Leaders

Cora Bresciano

Cora is the co-founder and co-executive director of Blue Planet Writers’ Room. She has served as the Cultural and Educational Projects Director for 3-Way Split, a multi-country business, arts, and education collaboration, and she has presented on her work in such venues as Florida Atlantic University (FAU)’s Social Justice Symposium, Lynn University’s Education Doctorate program, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, FAU’s Global Education Conference, and the 3-Way Split International Forum in England. Recently, her article about the effects of tri-lingualism within the context of an arts-integrated international collaboration was published by Teaching Artist Journal.

Cora holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in English/Creative Writing from FAU, a BS in Music Education from Hofstra University in New York, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Comparative Studies, with a focus on the intersection between literature and global studies, at FAU. Her research focuses on the power of story to connect or divide people across borders. She is the recipient of a current grant from FAU for her Art of Peace global online project, while a grant from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County also helped her create Hometown Stories, her international writing project website.

John Cutrone

John Cutrone is a writer, letterpress printer, and book artist. He is the author of the Convivio Book of Days, a blog focused on the seasonal round of the year and the idea that each day can include at least a bit of ceremony. He is a partner in Convivio Bookworks, a letterpress and book arts studio in Lake Worth, Florida. And he is the Director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University Libraries, a center focused on the traditions of bookmaking and the artists’ book, a form of artistic expression that comes out of these traditions.

Charles Gleek, EdD

Geraldine Heaney

Geraldine creates and partakes in collaborative exploration with enthusiasm and hope. She thinks the arts offer other ways of exploring the world we live in. She believes that creatively sharing ideas and experiences is an important part of enriching life and the lives of those she shares with.

Geraldine is a film maker and works across art forms. She works on a diverse range of projects and has previously designed and facilitated projects for Scottish companies including Firefly Arts, Platform, National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate.

Last year she was commissioned to create films for Starcatchers, Platform, Sense Scotland, and a range of other arts and community organizations.

Alongside this, she is co-founder of the independent record label KOR! Records, which runs experimental music projects with young people who have additional support needs.

Geraldine is currently studying Level 6 BSL and is very interested in exploring the creative possibilities of access in her work.

Susan Gay Hyatt, PhD

Dr. Susan Gay Hyatt is an arts educator with twenty years’ experience in theater and arts education. She holds a BFA in theater, an MFA in Acting, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (focus on arts education). Susan has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Lynn University and Florida Atlantic University.

From 2002-2009, she served as the director of education for a regional theater company, where she created collaborative drama and writing programs with students in South Florida and their peers in Rwanda, South Africa, and Kosovo. She also created drama and writing programs for the young women at the Transitions Home for Teen Mothers, residents of The Lord’s Place Homeless Shelter, and children with severe disabilities at Royal Palm School.

In 2008, she received the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s Arts Educator of the Year Award. Susan served as the Arts Integration Project Manager (2012-2014) for the School District of Palm Beach County’s $1.2 million Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which focused on enhancing student achievement through arts integration, supporting teachers with high-quality professional development in order to sustain their integrated practice, and developing a model that can be replicated in other school districts.

Teddy Nabachwa

Teddy Nabachwa is the Project Coordinator for Kasubi Parents Schools and Divine Secondary School in Kampala, Uganda. She coordinates the schools’ international partnership projects; she facilitates their exchange programs, which include in-person visits; and she maintains consistency across the schools’ international collaborations. Teddy establishes and maintains long-term collaborations that provide broad and rich experiences for the teachers and students in the schools’ Nursery, Primary, and Secondary Sections.


Who Will Benefit from Attending the Institute?

Blue Planet’s Summer Institute, with its focus on creative writing and the arts as part of global education, inspires and informs attendees from a number of backgrounds.

  • Language Arts, World Languages, or Social Studies Teachers from grades 3-12
  • Teaching Writers
  • Teaching Artists
  • International School Teachers
  • International Baccalaureate Teachers
  • Cultural Educators
  • Graduate students in Education, the Arts, and the Humanities

Cost for the Institute

$249 includes

  • All theme talks
  • All workshops
  • Admission to Norton Museum
  • Admission to Morikami Museum
  • Documentation kit
  • All materials and supplies
  • Take-home resources
  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 3 receptions

For more information, call us at (561) 425-5534 or email us at

Photos from 2016 Institute by Mary Stucchi Photography


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