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On Sun., Jan. 26, the High Point Arts Council held its sixth annual Community Arts Day at the Centennial Station Arts Center. In addition to performances and presentations by the Arts Council and affiliated arts organizations, checks were presented for Community Arts Projects and Teacher Arts Projects.

(Photo Caption: L to R: David McCoy, Chairman of the Masland Foundation; Recipients of the Teacher Arts Project Grants; Debbie Lumpkins, Executive Director)

During the program, David McCoy, Arts Council’s Board Member and Chairman of the Masland Foundation, presented 15 Teacher Arts Project (TAP) grants to schools totaling $7,265. “Since 1987, the Arts Council has shown its commitment to arts education through its Teacher Arts Project grants. The purpose of these grants is to bring the arts alive to students through various arts programs and to bring artists of all types into the classrooms. I want to thank teachers for taking the time to write the grants and making this a priority in your busy schedules,” said Mr. McCoy. TAP grants were awarded to:

High Point Christian Academy – HPCA Create Festival

The purpose of this project is to expose students to as many hands-on arts experiences as possible. Through quality hands-on activities and performances, students gain knowledge and appreciation for the arts and some may be motivated to pursue the arts.

High Point Christian Academy  – UNCG Opera – Carmenella

Students learned about opera through a story that they are familiar with, Cinderella, through music of Carmen. This was a fun, age appropriate way to be introduced to opera.

High Point Central High School – Contemporary Quilting

The students will learn about textile arts by studying American Artist Faith Ringgold prior to a visit from a local quilter. The students and quilter will create a contemporary quilting project in class.

High Point Central High School – Mushpa Y Mensa’s Textile Arts

Two Hispanic guest artists will teach the students about their culture and art using textile fibers. Not only will the students create a whimsical and fun project, that will also learn about the connection between arts and entrepreneurship.

Millis Road Elementary School – One Day Without Shoes

This is a service learning project where the students learn about the emotional and educational impacts of shoes in cultures around the world. They will spend a day without wearing shoes and will collect shoes to donate to the Congo. African musicians have been invited to play at their school in celebration of this project.

Millis Road Elementary School – Living Traditions with Senora Lynch

Fourth grade students will learn about Native American life, traditions and art through storytelling. They will also be taught how to make a clay turtle by Senora Lynch in the same manner as his grandfather.

Penn-Griffin School for the Arts – Guest Artist/Maurice Watson

This project brings in a guest dance teacher from UNCG who will set an original contemporary jazz piece on the high school dance students. It aligns with North Carolina dance standards and objectives of viewing dance as a sustainable career choice.

Kirkman Park Elementary School – Aladdin Comes to Kirkman Park

This is a multicultural project that incorporates performing and visual arts into the social studies and language arts curriculum. All students, whether they are in the Aladdin Jr. production or not, will study the music and culture of the Middle East, create drawings and crafts, and participate in related writing activities.

Wesleyan Christian Academy – Arts Impact Day

The purpose of this annual event is to expose all students to various forms of performing and visual arts through participation or demonstration. This is an all-day affair with students rotating through 6 sessions, plus opening and closing ceremonies by professional artists.

Southwest Guilford Elementary School – Multicultural Week

The school selects a week to honor multiculturalism with discussions, activities, a Parade of Nations, and a Multicultural Night. Artists from Africa and Asia will present during classes and students will create traditional masks from the countries based on what they have learned.

Oak View Elementary – Shake and Tap

Students will explore the different timbres of the lollipop drum, rain stick and ocean drum. Students will write journal descriptions of how the instruments are played (shaken and tapped) and describe the sounds and emotions felt while playing and listening.

Penn-Griffin School for the Arts – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

An Irish music celebration with guest artists, clinicians, and a public concert bringing together students, community and regional artists, and alumni with the focus being on the traditional harp.

Allen Jay Elementary School – Early American Explorations

The students are studying Early World Civilizations and comparing the civilizations of the Incas, the Aztec, and the Mayans. As part of their studies they will be constructing a Mayan mask and an Aztec sun made out of clay.

Allen Jay Elementary School – PTI-GCS Mural Project

Students will work with a local professional artist to create a mural for the Piedmont Triad International Airport where the worlds of arts, education, and aviation will be interwoven into an innovative piece and directly integrated into the community. This project will not only impact us locally but will reach travelers from around the world.

Parkview Village Elementary School – Literary Leonardos

Students are creating a book entitled “The View of the Park is a Work of Art” with their own illustrations of the park adjacent to the school done in the style of a famous artist. This arts-integrated activity combines writing, literature, visually arts, art history and social studies.

Teacher Arts Project grants are made possible through grassroots funding from the North Carolina Arts Council and a grant from the Masland Foundation. Grant applications were reviewed by the Arts Council’s Grants Committee and projects that integrate the arts with curriculum and those that hire multicultural artists are given extra consideration.

 For more information about the Arts Council’s outgoing grants programs, visit www.HighPointArts.org or contact Debbie Lumpkins, Executive Director, at 336-889-2787 or dlumpkins@highpointarts.org.

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