ACHF Arts Education
During six classes with Actor-Educators, partner preschools’ kids learn six theatre terms and develop storytelling, ensemble and characterization skills. Preschoolers show increased knowledge of terms via pre/post tests. Using standards-based rubrics, teachers evaluate skills on first and last visits. Third-party arts educators review filmed plays. 2: 500 kids/parents not enrolled in partner schools hear two plus podcasts; 250 do one plus podcast art activities. 50% of parents say their kids know more about art. Via online surveys, preschool teachers, parents report the number of podcasts and completed arts activities children do. Parent, teacher survey responses indicate quality of engagement/arts learning.
3,012 Preschoolers developed skills in characterization, storytelling, and ensemble and learned six theatre terms. To evaluate this outcome CLIMB used: Pre- and post-tests evaluated students' understanding of six theatre terms; Pre/post rubrics completed by teachers evaluated theatre skills growth; Evaluations completed by third party theatre for youth experts to evaluate the artistry of the student's skills; Actor Educators' journals tracked students' growth; Teacher surveys monitored class quality; and Pre/Post evaluation occurred in the 1st and 6th class. Third party experts watched six videos of final plays. 2: 719 people listened to at least two podcasts and 62% of completed surveys say their kids know more about art. CLIMB used google analytics and tracked listens/downloads of the podcast on our distribution platforms. To distinguish between Minnesota State Arts Board partner schools and generally audiences, CLIMB created a webpage only accessible to schools as part of this grant. A digital survey was placed on the website to retrieve more specific data about the podcasts effectiveness, whether the follow-up activities were used, and if people felt the program taught about art. These surveys were incentivized, but the return rate was low.
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