Any Given Child Update
MC Ginsberg Artist Teaches Math in Music Production
Henry Cardenas, MC Ginsberg Artist in Residence, has had a busy year! While working towards his elementary education degree at UI and as a sound engineer at Hancher, Mr. Cardenas presented his music production lessons to every 5th grader through the Artist in Residence program. His lessons of using math concepts to create electric music production tracks have been applauded both locally and nationally. Mr. Cardenas shared his ideas with ICCSD general music teachers during their professional development in March. He has also been asked by the Kennedy Center to apply for its "Changing Education Thru Arts" program to prepare to teach his lessons to other teachers. CETA trains teachers in arts integration strategies.
A Press Citizen feature on the MC Ginsberg program details the interest students have had in this experience. Students find immediate success with professional sounding music tracks that leave students smiling and moving their heads to peers' music. Students use patterns, decimals, fractions, and layers to create their programs. More in a story from the Gazette shows Mr. Cardenas demonstrating how a musician must use math to achieve results. Thanks to MC Ginsberg Objects of Art and parent organizations for funding this opportunity!
Arts Integration is an
APPROACH to TEACHING
in which students construct and demonstrate
UNDERSTANDING through an ART FORM.
Students engage in a CREATIVE PROCESS
which CONNECTS an art form and
another subject area and
meets EVOLVING OBJECTIVES in both.
"Defining Arts Integration" by Lynne B. Silverstein and Sean Layne © 2010, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Disco Intervention Gets All Junior High Students Grooving!
To provide increased and varied arts experiences for junior high students, Disco Intervention was offered during 42 PE classes, reaching over 2,100 students! With funding provided by the HAVlife Foundation, this long-standing dance program in the Iowa City area is taught by its founder Ace Ava and Nora Garda, and made its way to each and every 7th and 8th grader. The purpose of these "interventions" is to make the art of dancing accessible to a general population. Disco Interventions gives those with no formal dance training the surprising information that they can dance, and they can learn quickly. The absurdity of Disco allows an exaggerated performance that engages participants to act silly instead of feeling silly. Scheduled during PE class, classroom teachers and administrators joined in the fun.
Symphony Goes to School for 4th Graders at UI School of Music
Ms. Cox's Art Class at Mann
Kindergartners enjoying a class of watercolors, medallions made with imprints from their sneakers, and other creative materials
Ms. Ogilivie's General Music Class at Wood
6th graders prepare for a school performance
Dr. Arnone's Art Class at SEJRHS
7th graders created stories to accompany their works displayed
Ms. Cox's Art Class at Mann
Thank You to ICCSD Visual Art, General and Performance Music Teachers!
Readers Theatre Professional Development for ICCSD Teachers
In continuing to offer arts integration training, ICCSD Teachers Grades 3 and older have the opportunity to learn arts integration skills, specifically using readers theatre. Offered in part by the Kennedy Center, Dr. Rosalind Flynn will teach "Dramatizing the Content Curriculum Based Readers Theatre" on June 7, 2017 from 8:00-3:00 at the ESC. This workshop's activities involve teachers in the planning, writing, rehearsing, staging, and assessing of Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre scripts. The focus? Creating and presenting a short script that fulfills a dual purpose--it must inform about a curriculum topic and entertain an audience! Register here!
This workshop was developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Dept. of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.
Administrator Survey Demonstrates Valuing of Arts
Community Arts Team Board of Directors
- Deb Dunkhase, Iowa Children's Museum
- Susan Brennan, Iowa City Community School District Foundation
- Pam Ehly, Iowa City Community School District, retired
- Leslie Finer, University of Iowa-Arts Share
- Micah Ariel James, Hancher
- John Kenyon, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, Vice-Chair
- Amy Kortemeyer, Iowa City Community School District
- Kate Moreland, Iowa City Area Development Group, Chair
- Diane Schumacher, Iowa City Community School District
Thank you to Any Given Child sponsors for making any and all of this possible!