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The Arts are coming!

By Kim Sweeny-New Visions Grant Coordinator

Did you know that the arts enhance students’ creativity and problem solving abilities?  Or that the arts develop self-esteem and help students gain a more positive self-concept?  Did you know that the arts increase communication skills that are vitally needed in today’s complex society?   According to noted learning specialist Eric Jensen in his book Teaching with the Brain in Mind, “Teaching through the arts motivates children and increases their aptitude for learning.”

In 2010 BSSD will launch its second year of the Artists in Schools New Visions Grant. This year’s focus will be on integrating arts into content instruction and increasing staff development in the arts.  BSSD superintendent Rob Picou supports the effort, stating that “education should not ever become a one size fits all box. The arts and creative expressions provide children and youth a venue for self expression and the freedom to believe in something greater than a textbook or a test score.”

Opportunities for arts’ involvement in the district this year include the following:

Artist in Schools residencies available to all sites; three separate working weekends wrapping Language Arts, Science, Math and Social studies with arts learning; eight to ten ARTiculate art kits at each site; arts presenters at the October Ed Conference; Summer Arts Institutes opportunities for staff development; and a district Art Show and Arts Festivals as springtime events in many villages.

Leading the charge for this year’s work will be the Arts Action team.  Many other teachers and district office personnel have offered to be a part of our movement.  We hope all staff will try to add some arts to their teaching menu this year.  Arts just might be the spice you and your students have been looking for!

Arts Action Team members l to r-Ben Howard, Conrad Woodhead, Angie Alston, Kim Sweeny, Karis Koett, Annie Calkins and Jim Nelson.

Arts Action Team members l to r-Ben Howard, Conrad Woodhead, Angie Alston, Kim Sweeny, Karis Koett, Annie Calkins and Jim Nelson.
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