My school has received a substantial grant to be used to create new programs
and to continue existing programs that we have installed to improve student
learning. We received the grant because the granting institution was
impressed with our success in educating our low, to middle income suburban
school population. They also liked how we have created what they call a
"Learning Community," through using community resources such as high school
students, senior citizens, college students, and parents to create tutoring
programs, clubs, etc.
My question to you is: How can I get the arts included in these programs?
My principal has indirectly indicated that money will not come my way, like
when I suggested that we use artists in residence, etc. He said he is
interested in things like opening the computer lab and library at night,
developing programs to support reading and math, and "expert instructors" to
help (classroom) teachers to teach even better. They are also using some of
the money to create "Summer Academies." I have been told that I can write a
proposal for a Summer Academy in art (which I may ask you about soon, or
you can comment now). Anyway, do you have any thoughts about how visual art
can fit into their plan?
Thanks. Sorry so long. Leah