Art Around the World II = A Great Success!

I am happy to report that our second big Art Around the World event was a great success.  I must confess my shock at the number of families who made it out for the event.  Initially I thought that having the evening of student work on display starting at 5:30, an hour-and-a-half after the end of the school day, would deter parents from attending; but boy was I wrong.  It was standing room only everywhere you went!  Check out the latest article about the evening in Viva Colorado http://www.vivacolorado.com/comunidad/ci_20087618!  (To read the article in English, just right click on the text and select “translate”.)

As you probably have read already, we had the visual and performing artwork of all students in grades K-2nd on display in various places throughout the building.  There were student performances of African folktales, dance showings demonstrating the lineage of breakdancing, songs about the Universe and the Earth’s properties set to djembe drums, and plays about how to make friends with people from other places who are different than you are.  I would say that we had well over 90% participation, a great feat for our community!

First grade students also raised money to support their latest endeavor, a service learning project to help further develop the Asian animal exhibit at the Denver Zoo.  The response from the community was impressive, our first graders raised nearly $100!  They are still working hard at it though, and plan to sell ceramics creations of their own at our upcoming Art Show at 3:30 on Friday, March 16th.  Don’t miss it!

To learn more about the evening, and to see some videos shot by our ever-supportive DCIS staff, please visit our school’s website at http://dcisatford.org/.  Once there, navigate to the “Integrated Global Arts” page –> “Art Around the World” –> “Performance Videos”.   

To anyone reading this who attended the event… I would LOVE to hear your feedback!  Please feel free to post your thoughts here in this forum.

Now we are on to new things. 

Our third and final Session of our Integrated Global Arts program is up and running.  I am excited to introduce Miriam Tobin and Lars Ortiz to the DCIS family.  Miriam, a theatre artist, is working with our second grade students; and Lars, a classical musician, is working with Kinder.  Adam Buehler is back in action and working with our first graders.  More is soon to come on all of the exciting developments happening in our school and with our creative community of artists!

Until Next Time…  Adios!  ~TC