ACHF Arts Education
The Paramount will be seen as a community resource equipped to connect local teaching artists with schools to address social, cultural, and academic challenges. Additional schools begin to partner with the Paramount creating artist residencies to address authentic needs. Adults/students involved provide positive testimonials. Students involved improve skills/attitude in both arts and math. 2: Four hundred 2nd graders will enhance learning through dance, clay, and arts-infused activities in an art facility and in their classroom. Pre and post assessments for both attitude and proficiency will indicate growth in arts and math that surpasses expectations.
We intended that this project would help the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center be seen as a community resource equipped to connect local teaching-artists with schools to address social, cultural and academic challenges. We are confident that this, indeed happened, especially when reviewing our evaluations. As a direct result of this project, not only were we able to effectively serve the intended 400 students, but we were also able to create and carry out many related residencies at a number of schools and develop new relationships for potential projects with others We greatly increased the number of participants in our summer Arts Camp for Educators and Teaching-Artists as well. Finally, Dr. William Branson, St. Cloud State University math professor reviewed all of the test data from this project and determined the project had had a positive impact. The Paramount is increasingly recognized as the place for schools/organizations to go for authentic arts learning. 2: Because of this grant, the Paramount was able to demonstrate our ability to engage more Minnesotans in arts learning opportunities by facilitating and coordinating deep/ rich experiences. In this grant alone, 400 2nd grade students, 14 teachers and 8 artists were able to plan, explore, reflect and learn in new and exciting ways. One very experienced teacher said, Of course the scores increased. We knew that would happen. But what I saw was that what students used to KNOW from our teaching, they now UNDERSTAND through this work. This demonstrated success has allowed us to model our capacity to serve a broad range of learners through the arts. This year alone we have had strong, successful programs in a broad range of settings, many of whom had not had arts activities in the past. Quite literally, there were hundreds of people from children, to disabled adults, to the aged, to new refugees who were able to experience art because of the intentional work of the Paramount.
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Paramount Visual Art Center and Sartell Elementary Schools will collaborate to provide dance and visual arts teaching artist residencies, improving attitude and proficiency in both arts and math for 400 second grade students over two school year cycles.
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Marys University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Paul Anderson: Retired elementary school teacher; Loretta Bebeau: Art educator; Joanna Cortright: Arts Education Consultant and coach for schools, music organizations, and teaching artists. Professional Development instructor for arts organizations, K-12 schools, and higher education; Independent music educator.; Alberto Justiniano: Artistic Director, Teatro del Pueblo,Theater Artist and Filmmaker; Katie Marshall: Executive Director, MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids; Micah Minnema: Development Director, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network; development.; Kimberly Nightingale: Executive Director, Saint Paul Almanac; Pat Samples: Program Director, ARTSAGE