AIE West Caldwell Graphic Arts Residency

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For the third annual “Student to Student Mentoring” program, mentors from James Caldwell High School were paired up with students from Washington Elementary School. This year, the program promotes literacy within the district by pairing 21 special education high school students with 28 special education elementary students for a letter writing campaign and a shared interest in reading.

In addition to this year’s new literacy theme, the program was steered in a fun creative direction. Sponsored by the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation, the program’s expansion allowed the student mentors to write children’s books that were later illustrated by students enrolled in the James Caldwell High School’s computer graphics classes. The classes were led by art teacher, Mea Amacher with support from resident artist, writer and illustrator, Irene Kelly.

An Artist -in-Education (AIE) grant funded the book project and was secured by Robin Keil, the program’s advisor and special education teacher and Amacher. The AIE program is carried out through a partnership between the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the national Endowment for the Arts, and a consortium made up of Arts Horizons and Young Audiences New Jersey.

The finished children’s books will be on display at the Caldwell Public Library in March 2012.

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About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theatre, new media and creative writing an integral part not only of learning, but of life. Through the transformative impact of the arts, we reach young people through many dimensions, breaking down the barriers of language and culture, accelerating personal growth, and stimulating children’s full potential to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century.

Posted on January 9, 2012, in AIE, Residency and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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