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If you could propose an Ideal Art Program what would it be like?

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Eliza Jones (ejones)
Wed, 17 Nov 1999 09:30:14 -0500

For anyone who has the time to dream and drop a few sentences into email, I
would love to hear what you would conger up if you had the chance to design
an art program. Maybe just one line with an essential ingredient to a middle
and high school art program. . .
For those of you have the time to read on, I'll paint a more detailed
I teach art at an inner city charter school (alternative public education-we
have less red tape, more freedom, but more pressure to prove what we do
works) with an evolving art program. I've taught here since last March and
took over for a teacher without any art background (though she is
wonderful). Although there is potential for stronger art support, our
school's survival depends on students' academic success and performance on
standardized tests, so art is low priority. Many of our students are years
behind where they should be in reading, writing, and math. Students are
routinely pulled out of art class for academic tutoring. I would like to
present my fellow teachers with a strong case for the arts, even in this
context, and with a compelling and inspiring arts program rather than
art-as-filler or art-as-recreation as it often feels. I'd like to come up
with an ideal program and also one that I think would work with this system
of tutoring that we already have . . . . . . sound crazy?
We have a really amazing group of students from all different backgrounds
and the teachers here are very dedicated and idealistic.
So, if you have the time and you feel like it I would love to hear any and
all responses to this . . . .
With wishes for Xerox machines delivered to all of your art rooms, for
principals supportive of Birkenstock and tutu wearing, enthusiastic, spunky
students, time to do some outside artwork, and with much appreciation,

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