Art Education Partnership
The Institute for Traditional Studies, ITS is looking
for a K-8 (folk dance) or 9-12
(adding swing etc.) arts partnership school or school
district in Mendocino County; Mendocino Coast,
Hopland, Ukiah, Boonville, Philo, Redwood and Potter Valley, areas.
This project *if funded, will educate youths in specific
musical traditions and the
cultural context in which those traditions have
*(funding can be difficult as one has to have a
partner in place and a plan
developed before funding applications are accepted).
Dance and music can be a
learning tool covering
many areas of study, including; cultural history,
anthropology, P.E., social studies, geography,
math and science.
It develops creative thinking, problem solving,
leadership, listening and communication skills,
which are essential ingredients for success.
The participants will develop confidence and self esteem,
while playing music and dancing, a joyful activity.
We have found the need for dance instruction to be high
in California and we would like to incorporate dance and music
into the curriculum of the school we are working with.
A folkloric dance program could be
easily evaluated by having a traditional Spring
Festival where parents, teachers, musicians and students could
come together and share in this cultural event.
We have created a folk dance step book with accompanying audio CD,
so the program could be recreated. See
"California Folk Dance Traditions Instruction Booklet and CD" .
We have many talented artists, musicians and dancers affiliated with our organization so if you or
your school has a program in mind and you need an arts organization partner, please feel free to contact us.
or call Deborah 707 937 2133 for more information, and/or to set up a meeting to discuss possibilities of a partnership that will enable funding.
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