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Nancy Kangas

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Nancy Kangas is a poet, filmmaker, and teaching artist based in Columbus. In the 1980s and 90s, she edited Nancy’s Magazine, an intimate mix of poetry, comics, and advice; the full run of this zine was recently selected to be archived in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library of The Ohio State University. She’s written and performed poetry-theater pieces, including a selection for the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and paired family slides with flash fiction for the online magazine, Ohio Edit. Her poems have appeared books and journals including Plume, Rattle, and Forklift, Ohio.

She facilitates creative writing workshops with students and teachers, and has collaborated with children and adults in residencies sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, The National Gallery of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and others. After years of creating poems with very young writers, she co-directed Preschool Poets, a series of animations based on her students’ poems. The films were selected by festivals worldwide, including the New York International Children’s Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. She is at work on a series of short documentary films, and a hand drawn animated film, Hi Nancy, It’s Mom.

The award of this badge shows that the artist participated in a two-day workshop at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning that focused on understanding arts integration, domains of youth development, behavior management, academic and fine arts standards, outcomes and indicators, and learning strategies and activities. The earner developed a program plan to apply these concepts in their work with students, earning a score of 75% or greater related to specific scoring criteria.

The award of this badge, “Behavior Management: A Guide to Creative Chaos,” is the third module in the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning’s (CAL) teaching artist professional development series that provides attendees an understanding of the ages and stages of all learners and adaptation skills for arts activities using the Universal Design for Learning. The earner has recognized physical, cognitive, social, and literacy development benchmarks specific to the different ages of students and has demonstrated an understanding of the students they will likely encounter to help determine ways to help manage their behaviors through the arts.

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • PreK-Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults


Upon request







O Creek

May I roar like you
crash and be froth
Squeeze through boulders
because I have to
Pool for a while as glass

O creek
Your fierce your fast
your bravado with algae
Your hiss your bash
that low boom

How you shake a life out of finding your bottom


Writing sample courtesy of the teaching artist.