ACHF Arts Education
This grant will increase the quantity and types of arts exposure for the students of the Lac qui Parle Valley School District. Exposing students to various arts opportunities will be evaluated post-residencies by student and teacher evaluation forms that will include the number of students and teachers involved, their prior involvement in similar art forms, and their responses to the their experiences. 2: By providing rich and diverse exposure to the domains of the arts, we plan to increase arts participation. Before and upon the completion of the grant a survey will be distributed to parents and instructors assessing whether the project created interest in the arts. Staff will be assessed for the integration of art concepts into their regular instruction.
Because of this grant, the students were exposed to art forms that they had not experienced previously. Hands on activities in dance, creative writing and mosaic making gave our students the opportunity to work with professional artists in a way that gave them insight into the artist's art, lifestyle, and ways of working, as well as providing students the opportunity to develop their own artistic interests and skills in these areas. This outcome was evaluated through student surveys conducted before and after the residencies. Student knowledge about and interest towards dance, creative writing and mosaic making was significantly higher following each residency than it was before the residency. Student work during these residencies was another valuable evaluation tool. Dance performance videos, impressive fairy tale books from each classroom, and 3 stunning mosaics hanging in our halls are proof that student artistic abilities were expanded. 2: All of the communities in the Lac qui Parle Valley school district were given the opportunity to witness three very different artists at work and have them share their enthusiasm for their art with students, as well as adult. When asked about their knowledge about and interest in dance, fairy tale writing and mosaics before the residencies began, there was curiosity, but not any real awareness of the art forms or much excitement or interest in them. Post residency questions showed an increase in both knowledge and interest in dance, creative writing and mosaics, along with quite a few comments about wanting to pursue these areas more in the future. Many students and adults seem more aware that there are other exciting artists, near and far, who are expressing themselves in a variety of exciting ways and that it might be fun to check them out. Area arts organizations will be an important part of sustaining increased interest and providing local opportunities in the arts.
Other, local or private
All students grades K-12 within the Lac qui Parle Valley School District will gain common experiences and collaborate on arts projects by working with artists from different disciplines and learning the many avenues of creative expression.