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					   Natural Partners:
  How do schools and
   arts organizations
    work together to
  achieve their goals?

Christine Goodheart
Art Goes to School, Seattle Art Museum
April, 2009
To sing well and to dance well is to
be well-educated.
- Plato
  Places where the arts are made are places of
  powerful learning that belong to all. They are
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art
  natural partners ones education of young people.
  is knowing whichin theto keep.
- Scott Adams
Capacities at the heart of art making are
       at the heart of education

     We develop the capacity to
     “see things as if they could be

We recognize our commonalities and come to
understand and appreciate our differences.

When I dance, I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot
separate myself from life.
- Hans Bos
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
          - Scott Adams
engagement in
  the arts are
 skills needed
 in school and
     in life
         Intellectual Skills
To work in the arts, students are required to:

•   notice carefully
•   analyze and interpret diverse texts
•   think critically
•   pose questions
•   make decisions
•   generate multiple solutions
•   identify patterns
•   make connections
Social and Emotional Strengths
Students who participate regularly in the arts:

•   see themselves as capable of doing work
    that is personally satisfying and publicly
•   develop self-discipline
•   develop self-confidence
•   make multiple revisions to achieve high
•   develop the ability to work on a common
    project with others
 Artists “Stand on the Shoulders of
The debt they own to the past creates an
  obligation to the future
Arts Organizations and Artists Grow
    When Engaged With Schools

• We learn best when we teach
• Benefits can diminish if not properly
Teachers Grow When Engaged With
  Arts Organizations and Artists
             Powerful educational practices
             are inherent in the arts:

             • differentiated instruction
             • collaborative learning
             • portfolio assessment
             • revision
             • long-term projects
             • performances of
  Each Work of Art Opens a
Window on a Particular World

 Young people are learning about
 the world around them, what is
 possible. The windows the arts
 open to them help them
 construct their understanding of
 the world and their role within
 this world.
 Arts Organizations and Schools
          Belong to All

                        • Non – profit status
Both are truly public   • Serve all who come
 institutions           • Benefit from tax
                        • Benefit from
          Audience Development

A changing conception from filling seats to creating
engaged, knowledgeable participants
Examples of joint work based on
common goals and reciprocal
       Family Participation:
        Studying Matisse

The Red Studio
Imagine a room
that houses
objects you
cherish or have
        Family Participation:
         Studying Matisse

The Swimming
“Think of an
you could
create using cut
and torn
       Activities with Students

• Viewing and discussing slides
  in the classroom
• Related art making activities
• One or more visits to museum
• Opportunities for students to
  share their work
• Assessment of student learning
 Family and Community Events
• Families create a community
  mural on the playground
• Students choose works of art
  and become tour guides for
  families at the museum
• Students conduct family
  workshops at the school
• Students display their work and
  create a slide show and art
  projects at senior centers in the
   Intergenerational Learning

Arts organizations
and schools draw
upon the rich lives of
a communities’
senior adults
     Involving Senior Adults in
    Studying East Indian Dance
Students and senior citizens in
the South Orangetown, NY
School District created dances
using the movement vocabulary
from a form of East Indian
Dance based on the theme of
love. These were performed in
the school and in senior centers
in the community.

A school should be the most
beautiful place in every town
and village – so beautiful that the
punishment for undutiful
children should be that they are
disbarred from going to school
the following day.
– Oscar Wilde
What makes schools and arts organizations natural
 partners? What do you think are the most powerful
 arguments for this relationship?

Can you give an example of when work with schools
  brought direct benefit to your organization?

Has there been a time when this work was a strain on
 your organization?

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