Citizen/Artist: Education and Agency

June 8-11, 2016 in Bozeman, MT  Montana State University


TT9 registration = $375 (Registration includes conference, programming events and some meals. Participants will be responsible for cost of travel and discounted lodging.)

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Integrative Teaching International will be offering its biennial facilitated forum, ThinkTank next June 2016 in Bozeman, Montana. Hosted by Montana State University School of Art, TT9 brings together art and design master and emerging teachers and administrators to address thematic issues of higher education. It employs a mix of facilitated discussions, workshops and presentations, interspersed with informal meals and social interaction.

ThinkTank9 – Citizen/Artist: Education and Agency will explore ways of integrating the ever-changing models, methods, motivations, and practices of contemporary art and design into foundational art courses. Together, we will use our shared experiences to explore the possibilities inherent in visual art and design to communicate values that operate within the broadest cultural equations. TT9 will approach, investigate, and evaluate the opportunities foundations curricula has to advocate for students, to utilize pedagogy to affect change, and to encourage positive experiences that will enable deep learning. Building on ideas generated by ThinkTank8: Big Sky Vision – Grounded Strategy and the ThinkCatalyst at FATE: Breaking Ground: Fresh Discussions, TT9 will continue to consider ways in which foundational coursework provides an opportunity to develop awareness and transformation, for our students to bridge from learner, to artist, to citizen.

Lodging Information:

Montana State University and ITI has obtained special room rates at 2 hotels in Bozeman for ThinkTank9. Please make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure availability and the discounted rates. Most of TT9 will take place on the MSU campus. Both hotels have indicated they will honor the rates for shoulder days on either side of TT9 should you want to arrive early or stay longer. Both hotels are on main street approximately ½ mile apart.

The Lewis and Clark Motel:

This motel is located across the street from the Community Food Co-Op, a bagel shop, and a 10 minute walk from campus. Rates for TT9 are $109/night for single occupency and $119/night for double occupency. Please tell them you are attending ThinkTank9 at MSU School of Art to receive the discount. They are locally owned and in addtion to their website may be reached at 800-332-7666 or 406-586-3341.


This hotel is located in historic downtown Bozeman. Also locally owned, The LARK was re-modeled by local architects, who employed local designer and artists to decorate the rooms.

Rates are $160.65/night on Wednesday and Thursday and $177.65/night on Friday and Saturday. Rooms are blocked under Integrative Teaching International. In addition to their website you may phone them at 866-464-1000.


Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport: (formally known as Gallatin Field)

The Bozeman airport is served by Alaska, Allegiant, American (beginning6/2/16), Delta, Frontier, and United Airlines. You may use the link above to see the flight times. Bozeman is the busiest airport in Montana but that does not always mean the cheapest. If you are planning on a vacation as part of TT9 and are going to rent a car, you may consider Butte (85 miles), Helena (100 miles), or Billings (150 miles.) For the more adventerous traveler Denver (10 hours) and Salt Lake City (6 hours) are the nearest hub airports and routes through Yelloowstone National Park are possible, but with more time than listed above.

Car Rental:

You DO NOT need to rent a car to attend TT9. We will make every accomadation possible to get you from the airport to your hotel and to the airport after TT9. There are a few taxi companies in the small town of Bozeman and they require advanced resrervations. The major car rental companies have offices at the airport. At TT8 some participants who wanted to fish and see some of the sights were able to rent cars at a local rate from a local company near the airport called Phasmid.  Uber X is rumored to be coming soon, but is not available yet.

There are not local tour companies to take people to Yellowstone, so if you want to spend some time seeing the Park, you will need to rent a car.


Montana State University School of Art, Bozeman, Montana,
JUNE 8- 11, 2016

Wednesday, June 8: 

During the Day     Arrival and check-in at the conference hotels.

4:00 p.m.             Transportation to MSU campus.

4:30-5:00            Conference Registration, MSU Campus

5:00-6:00            Welcoming Remarks Introduction to workshops and breakout topics.

6:00-9:00               Light Dinner and Emerging Educator Showcase: MSU Arts and Architecture

Thursday, June 9: TT9 MSU Arts and Architecture Complex

Before 8 a.m.           Breakfast on your own. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be available all day.

8:00 – 8:30             Transportation to MSU campus from hotels (it is walking distance for many)

8:30 – 9:00             Orientation to Citizen/Artist: Education and Agency.

9:00 – 12:30           Breakout Discussion #1

  •       Natural Selection: Inheriting & Initiating Change
  •       Ethics, Evaluation, & Engagement
  •       Creative Voices:Leading through Learning
  •       Mentors/Teachers: Practice & Advocacy

1:00-1:45            Provided Lunch and Table Discussions

2:00-4:00            Breakout Discussion #2

Facilitator/Floater Debrief

 4:00                 Depart campus for hotel.

 6:00                (tentative) Transportation from hotels to Museum of the Rockies for dinner and

night at the museum.

 Friday, June 10: TT9 CONTINUES at MSU Arts and Architecture Complex

Breakfast on your own.

8:00 – 8:30           Transportation to campus for those who need it.

8:30 – 11:30         Breakout Discussion #3

11:45-12:15          Breakout Group Progress Reports

12:15-1:15       Provided Lunch

1:15-2:30         WORKSHOPS and PRESENTATIONS: participants’ choice

2:30-4:15          Breakout Session Wrap-up and Presentation Rehearsal

4:15                   Evening and dinner on your own, with friends, or working groups.        

Transportation available to hotels.           

Saturday, June 11: TT9 MSU Arts and Architecture Complex

Breakfast on your own

8:00 – 8:30            Transportation to campus.

8:30-11:30            FINAL Breakout PRESENTATIONS/STRATEGIES

ThinkTank9 Ends: Transportation to Airport Available