FOUNDATION INVESTS $50,000 TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE
TEEN ARTS COUNCIL COLLABORATION WITH BOWERS MUSEUM EXPANDS THROUGH SUPPORT OF SANTA ANA PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
This year, the SAUSD Teens Arts Council will nearly triple in size. 50 students from all 6 comprehensive high schools have been awarded scholarships to participate in this powerful learning beyond the traditional classroom. Each school will have student leadership representatives from visual art, theatre, music and dance. The program is designed off the 2009 IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) report defining various skills as essential to success in the 21st Century and reported on ways museums and cultural institutions could approach the development of models to “help citizens build such 21st century skills as information, communications and technology literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, civic literacy, and global awareness.” While the SAUSD/Bowers/SAPSF Museum Teen Arts Council focuses on career opportunities within the creative industries, the list of Life and Career Skills from the 2009 IMLS study provides a backbone for the program’s curriculum that allows for the exploration of skills that are necessary and applicable across ALL industries.
Participating Students will be engaged in one of 3 opportunities: 2 Beginning tracks which have 4 sessions each and the Artspiration Track comprised of returning Teen Arts Council members who will engage in the development and curation of Artspiration as they explore how to connect the community through the arts and develop a community event. The students will apply content from beginning sessions in real-life context through project-based learning.
Photos of the first day of Santa Ana Unified School District Teen Arts Council (October 12) in collaboration with Bowers Museum and Bowers Kidseum. Thanks to the support of Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation, 50 SAUSD Visual and Performing Arts students from all 6 comprehensive high schools get a chance to explore careers in the creative industries and develop the skill sets necessary to thrive and contribute as arts literate, civic-minded leaders. Participating students are also helping to develop the annual Artspiration event as part of applying the skills they are learning. This is a an extension of their learning in a real life setting
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