<< I am planning my annual Artsfest for March (Youth Arts Month.) I would
like my theme this year to center around Arts and Literacy. >>
I couldn't help being astonished at the timing of your request as I was about
to post a message from a friend of mine who sent me an update of her literacy
project in Haiti. Although it's a literacy project for adults, I think you'll
enjoy the idea just the same. It's about using art as a medium for literacy.
Here's my friend's letter, and if you're interested in more details, I'm sure
she'd be delighted to hear from you (CHRISWLOW) :
<<Ellen Le Bow and Sheryl Jaffee are having a blast here. They are the two
artists volunteering for the school for two and three months. They are two
women in their 40's from MAss.. Very calm but energetic....
They are here to help spread literacy through art. We came up with this great
idea. We will have the kids make stencils of different things you find in the
market place and stencil them on to little flags. (Tomato, oranges,
batteries, plates, spaghetti...) Then we will have the market ladies come and
make a little sign for each of their stalls. A metal painted name plate. Then
they can hang the stenciled flags off of their plates. The market will be
beautiful. There are no signs up now at all. We are also thinking about
numbering the stalls. Ellen and Sheryl are also figuring out what plants they
can use to make paper for our book making project.
I'm so pschyed that people will start to see more things written in Creole. >>