Susan Gay Wemette, PhD, Director

Dr. Susan Gay Wemette 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.

As a program evaluator, she has consulted with the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, Arts4Learning/Miami, The Crossroads Institute of New Orleans, The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, The Center for Creative Education, FAU University Galleries, and Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Wemette is currently serving as consulting investigator on the School District of Palm Beach County’s AEMDD federal arts integration grant (2014-2018).

Selected Publications

WRITING

Safe and Accessible: Creating New Spaces for “Arts Education”
from Equity Pedagogy: Teaching Diverse Student Populations

Creativity in an Arts Integrated Third Space: A Case Study of Elementary School Students in an International Collaboration. (Doctoral Dissertation)

“Fresh Perspectives: Arts Integration in Palm Beach County” Art & Culture Magazine

Selected Presentations

Building Global Competence through Arts Integration: Connecting Your Students to the World through Visual Art and Writing
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Finding Your Ikigai
Blue Planet Writers’ Room 2nd Annual Summer Institute

Bringing the World Into Your Classroom: Creating an International Collaboration Project for Your Students
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Arts Revolution: Integrating the Arts into Your Classroom
Conference Organizer, Palm Beach County School District

Assessing Creativity through Qualitative Research: A Photo/Portfolio Conference Technique
Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas

Creativity in an Arts-Integrated Classroom
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Partners in Education Conference

An Environment of Curiosity: Infusing Your Teaching with Creativity
Blue Planet Writers’ Room 1st Annual Summer Institute

Friends in Far-off Places: Creating International Projects in Your Classroom
Palm Beach County Language and Culture Conference

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane—No, It’s Superheroes in Your Classroom!
Palm Beach County Arts Integration Conference

Make a Book & Fill It Up: Integrating Visual Art into the Academic Curriculum
Florida Alliance for Arts Education Symposium

Writing in the Everglades: Integrating Creative Writing and Visual Art into the Science Curriculum
Palm Beach County School District

What Rhymes With ‘Technology’? Making a Podcast Of  Your Students’ Writing
Palm Beach County Education Foundation Conference

Tiger Paws: Creating a Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural Webzine With Ethnically Diverse Elementary School Students
Palm Beach County Language & Culture Conference: A Global Vision

The Planet in Your Classroom
Florida Atlantic University Global Education Symposium