ARTS IN SCHOOL
"Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence," sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has said.
Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Years of research show that it's closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Edutopia - George Lucas Foundation.
Arts in Schools nights are opportunities for the students to show parents, friends and other attendees exactly how you incorporate art into learning. Learning through the Arts is incorporating core subject matter into the arts and the arts into core subject matter. Your poem or essay might become a song while your math is used to determine the rhythm of that song. Your science problem may come out on a painted canvas and your social studies work might turn into a mural or possibly a stage play. Your physics unit on sound can be taught using music.
Putting these lessons together takes collaboration. Teamwork with staff and students creates something in art that can be displayed, shown, or performed. That will be your Arts in Schools evening experience. Once we have shown our projects to you, we will explain how the arts enhanced the academics and the academics enhanced the arts. You get to see the imagination, the creativity and the expertise. Arts in Schools evenings are the ultimate project based learning exercise as well as the display of collaboration and learning Through the Arts.
This is a personal exercise for students and staff as the projects are built from pieces that have not yet been assembled in this way. The personal and team growth is amazing and the results can be jaw dropping.