This AMAZING ARTICLE was given to me by a colleague this past week and it really inspired me. In San Bernadino’s Barton Elementary school, students are learning in exciting ways through the arts.
“Each school is assigned a high-profile artist, musician or entertainer — Kerry Washington, Chuck Close, Yo-Ya Ma and Jason Mraz to name a few — who, for the duration of the program, will work with students in an effort to inspire and drive creativity across disciplines. Autumn de Forest, a 14-year-old painter from Las Vegas, who has been called a “prodigy” and “genius” by talk show hosts and journalists, is leading the day’s art class. Miss de Forest (as Barton’s students respectfully call her), is showing the kids how to paint images of themselves on canvas.”
“Early exposure to the arts, like the kids at Barton are receiving, can be a catalyst for years of creative thinking to follow. Successful artists often point to early exposure to art as the reason they were inspired to pursue their careers.”
It seems really dreamy, really. How can we get EVERY school to be so engaged in the arts? Talk. Connect with local artists, invite families in, start small, think big.