Arts in the Schools
ACHF Arts Education
The main goal of this project is to overcome the barrier of poverty to access to the arts and to provide students an opportunity to develop deeper knowledge and understanding of art forms and expressions in their new home culture, as well as other cultures around the world. English Learners will be able to explore artistic expression from around the world, as well as learn about the art of their newly adopted home country. Students will be asked to compare and contrast some of the new aspects of art they have experienced with art forms more familiar to them. They will express some of what they have learned with the use of images and music. Students will complete a group project about the arts they explore, to be presented to the school and community. This will be presented at a community meeting and can be included as part of our final report to Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. They will receive credit for this to be accountable for the process. The students are English Language Learners at various levels. The questions on the worksheet reflect this. Adults will be asked to reflect on what they learned on this trip, as well.
20 students and 3 adults (100% of respondents) reported seeing something completely new to them. 3/4 of respondents were able to make a connection with something familiar and one of the arts experiences. 100% said they would like to do it again, and a few have already asked if we'll do it next year!
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Arts in the Schools
English Learners Art and Culture Field Trip
John White: writer, photographer, retired journalist; Georgette Jones: literature teacher, theatre actor/director/teacher; Marilee Strom: musician, former art teacher, business owner; Kathy Fransen: musician, theatre, Rhythm of the River coordinator; Janet Olney: visual artist, Willmar Area Arts Council coordinator; Joyce Meyer: photographer, retired art teacher, Canby Arts Council; Pam Blake: retired art teacher, visual arts, Tyler Arts Council, Southwest Minnesota Weaver's Guild; Michele Knife Sterner: theatre actor, Southwest Minnesota State University Associate director for Access Opportunity Success program; Tom Wirt: artist, owner of Clay Coyote Gallery, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, past member of Hutchinson Public Arts Commission; Joyce Aakre: visual arts, writing, Discover Dassel committee, Board member for Litchfield Community Education, Exhibit committee for Dassel Area Historical Society; Kelly Muldoon: graphic artist, Prairie Music Association, Prairie Oasis Players; Dan Wahl: writer, visual artist, director, adjunct English instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: human resources director, bead and quill work; Cindy Reverts: visual artist, Rock County Fine Arts Association treasurer, Council for Arts in Humanities in Rock County; Brett Lehman: Worthington International Festival, Worthington City Band, Worthington Concert Association; Reggie Gorter: vocalist, theatre, voice and dance teacher; Dana Johnson: producer/filmmaker; Claire Swanson: visual arts, arts teacher, Meander Art Crawl Committee.
Joyce Aaake: Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Mary Kay Frisvold: Music; Jeff Iverson: Music, theatre; Joyce Meyer: Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Anne O'Keefe-Jackson: Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Board; Kelly Pochardt: Visual art; John Voit: Music, theatre.
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, Nicole DeBoer (507) 537-1471