Using an arts-integrated approach can reduce barriers and highlight voices typically left out of important conversations. This non-threatening approach engages and empowers all participants to deepen understanding and perspective of self and others.  

CATC is here to help your staff explore difficult topics such as diversity, equity, inclusion, wellness, burnout, and others that people tend to avoid.


  • Any school can use a Tackling Tough Topics art-integrated experience to improve the quality of their conversations around a difficult topic.  
  • Smaller groups (under 15) within an organization are ideal to foster the most meaningful dialogue.
  • Larger groups (over 15) will be divided into multiple workshops or multiple discussion groups..
  • Virtual format vs in-person delivery may alter the size of groups, number of workshops needed, and discussion framework.
  • No previous arts experience is necessary for participation. 
  • Art supplies rarely need to be purchased.


  • CATC meets with the school leader to plan out the arts-integrated learning experience focused on a selected topic. 
  • Dates and times are set to move through the following workshop process:
    • Session 1 - Tough Topic Analysis with School Leader (~1 hour)
    • Session 2 - Art Skill Instruction and Exploration (~1 hour)
    • Session 3 - Showcase with Discussion (~1 hour)
    • Session 4 - Debriefing with School Leader (~1 hour) 
    • Note: Participants will complete and submit their art work after Session 2.​
  • Virtual and in-person delivery available.



  • Workshops are scheduled at dates and times that work for all parties.
  • Morning, afternoon, and evening times are available. 
  • Each virtual live session is 1 hour long.


  • Virtual Delivery
    • Tackling Tough Topics arts-integrated experience: $1000/group of 15
    • Additional groups within a school: $800/group (20% discount) 
    • Discussion and debriefing sessions can be added to this package as needed.
  • In-Person Delivery
    • Tackling Tough Topics arts-integrated experience: $1000/group
    • Additional groups within a school: $800/group (20% discount) 
    • Large in-person groups may be divided into smaller groups for the Showcase with Discussion session.
    • Discussion and debriefing sessions can be added to this package as needed.

Workshop Details

Feedback from

Educators and Participants:

  Tackling Tough Topics for Educators

    An Arts-Integrated Approach

“I couldn’t understand how my thinking was so different or could be offensive, but with Heather’s help, I was able to see how I overlooked the symbols of the beliefs and cultures of others. I started to realize how limited my outlook was.”​

​"I enjoyed the [arts-integrated] session because not only did it tap into a very different skill-set than our day-to-day work, but it also highlighted how creative my fellow residents are. It felt cathartic to take out some of the frustration and exhaustion in such a different way, as well as seeing burnout through everyone else's eyes. "

"The discussion was multilayered and rich and the feedback from our learners proved that we reached them in a meaningful way.”

Please contact CATC to design a learning experience that meets your needs.

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Does your school need an arts-integrated experience?
If you answer YES to any of the following questions, then your school could benefit from

an arts-integrated experience.
• Do we need to see and hear perspectives that may be uncomfortable?
• Do we need to change our practices and policies to advocate for others?
• Do we get frustrated with meetings that seem to avoid the real problem?
• Do we get stuck rehashing the same problem instead of developing solutions?