We believe it is the social dimension of the arts that
makes them so powerful and that makes learning resonate.
In a classroom, our teaching artists first strive to build a community of artists, with
shared practices, an artistic language, and a code of respect. But the powerful
learning happens when students then apply these arts skills beyond classroom
walls, to explore geography, culture, ideas and endeavors.
Imagine......your students writing a song that speaks with the voices of the
neighborhood. Imagine these words come from interviews with local people…
that their opinions are displayed in graphs and pie charts… that understanding
...the import of these voices is part of a study of democracy and civics… that
your students record their song and create CD covers… that they perform at a
Through this art-making experience, your students have just connected to social
studies, English language arts, math, and technology. They’ve had a taste of
service learning. They’ve gained career-building skills and been exposed to
community resources. But beyond arts blueprint and academic goals, your
students have just connected their learning to the world outside. They have
discovered their creative expression is a contribution to society.