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

These are the overall themes for the 2017 Institute; specific activities are still being developed and will be published here in the coming weeks. To see the details of last year’s Institute, scroll down.

Friday, July 28   6-9 pm   Venue: Blue Planet Writers’ Room
We Are Beautiful and Strange: Drawing Upon Your Own Creativity
Check-in, Opening Reception

Personal Creativity Workshop


Saturday, July 29   9 am – 4 pm   Venue: Norton Museum of Art
Today I Feel Euphorian: Finding Common Ground Through Writing and the Arts
–Includes Continental Breakfast and Box Lunch–

Theme Talk and Workshop 1: A Bridge of Birds: Art as Positive Resistance 
     Cora Bresciano, MFA
     Co-Executive Director, Blue Planet Writers’ Room

Additional Theme Talks and Workshops TBA

Evening Reception


Sunday, July 30   12 noon – 5 pm   Venue: Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Building a Bridge Out Over the Sea: Crafting Meaningful Global Projects
–Includes Box Lunch–

Theme Talks and Workshops TBA

Closing Reception

Theme Talk and Workshop Leaders

Local and international presenters will be announced very shortly!.


Who Will Benefit from Attending the Institute?

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

  • Teachers of language arts, world languages, or social studies in grades 3-12
  • Teaching Writers
  • Teaching Artists
  • International School Teachers
  • International Baccalaureate Teachers
  • Education professionals at cultural institutions
  • Graduate students interested in a global approach to teaching with writing and the arts

Cost for the Institute

$249 includes

  • All theme talks
  • All workshops
  • 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


Summer Institute Registration Form

  • Price: $249.00
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