It has been exciting to provide so many amazing and creative opportunities for the community of Peninsula to enjoy this Fall.  The Peninsula community is benefiting greatly by working with Julie Keefe and Caldera.  Our most impactful event so far has been Fallen Fruit which involved both students and parents visiting the Portland Art Museum, experiencing and creating art together.  Our hope is that students are beginning to think of themselves outside of the school, thinking bigger than Peninsula and hopefully beginning to navigate their own place in the world.  By working within the neighborhood, from planting fruit trees to celebrating the Harvest Fair, to making ornaments for the community tree lighting ceremony, everything we do is interconnected through the people that live here.  We know that these opportunities are responsive to the needs of the community from the feedback we get from parents.  We’re beautifying neighborhoods and connecting people through dialogue by providing opportunities to meet each other and artists.  These discussions could lead to bigger projects in the community and the success of these projects will fuel other activities.  We’re excited for what we’ve accomplished and for what lies ahead.

Back to School Julie Keefe and Caldera participated in our back to school night by providing an interactive photo booth for families to enjoy.  The Caldera themes this year is The Sun, and with props and hand written signs describing themselves in relationship to the Sun, families were able to take home a keepsake from this fun evening.

Silver Falls Field Trip Julie joined Peninsula’s 3rd/4th grade classes on a field trip to Silver Falls.   Caldera students documented their experiences with photography and created an amazing photomontage of their experience, many whom had never camped before!

Depave Project Peninsula joined the DePave Project and now have more green space in our playground areas.  Julie and the Caldera students documented the day’s events.

Field Trip to Open School Mural Julie joined Lori Shippy’s 5th grade art class on a walking field trip to the mural created on the Open School campus by the artist, INSA.  Caldera students in the group documented the day and interviewed this world famous artist.

5th Grade Fence Beautification  Julie and Caldera are working with Peninsula 5th graders to create an artistic outdoor space near the playground.  Students brainstormed ways to beautify the chain link fence and will collaborate with Caldera artists to create a sundial and outdoor reading areas.  This project was developed through S2S and will engage Peninsula’s entire 5th grade classes.

Caldera Fallen Fruit and the Peninsula Harvest Fair Julie and Lori met with about 30 students, parents, grandparents and volunteers in the Kenton neighborhood on a beautiful October day and together they took the Max train to the opening of Fallen Fruit at the Portland Art Museum.  Students took part in art activities within the museum, including  a primal call and a collage explosion, then walked around downtown participating in the various activities scattered around the city.  Photos on bikes, speaking and writing notes to the river and learning various handshakes of the African American community were just some of the adventures.

Julie also recruited students over Veteran’s Day to “get to know your city” by exploring the Art Museum, taking a street car to the Caldera exhibit at Weiden and Kennedy and making a visit to Powell’s Books, a highlight for many of our students who had never visited.

Harvest Fair is a lively tradition at Peninsula and Julie provided students creative opportunities to continue the Fallen Fruit theme.  She joined artist, Larry Yes, and helped students paint wooden boards that will surround and protect the young sapling fruit trees begin planted around the Peninsula neighborhood.  These apple inspired or fruit tree encouraging notes are colorfully decorated and helped encourage the literacy component that accompanies all our art projects.  Parents came and planted trees just in time for the Fall rains.  Julie continue the apple theme with compelling journal entries students wrote on the journey of an apple from seed to fruit.  What does it need to grow?  What do pesticides do?  How much time does it take to fruit?

We have on our horizon a S2S Skit/Play for 5th -8th graders about race and the everyday tensions of being a child of color.  We’re excited to introduce theatre to the school.

We’re also working on a collaboration with PNCA art students to engage and adopt this school allowing them to have an ongoing presence at Peninsula after S2S.  We want to establish a Museum of Modern Art at the school that would allow Peninsula students and mentoring college art students a place to connect and talk about the power of ART.


 

Arts Education Offering #1: Back To School

Was this developed through S2S project? No

Programming location: In-school

Type of programming: Sequential,Integration,Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? Available to all students

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? Once a year

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Arts Education Offering #2: Silver Falls Field Trip

Was this developed through S2S project? No

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Type of programming: Sequential,Integration,Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? All 3rd-4th graders

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? One weekend in October

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Arts Education Offering #3: DePave Project

Was this developed through S2S project? No

Programming location: In-school

Type of programming: Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? All grades

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? One Saturday in October

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Arts Education Offering #4: Field trip to Open School Mural

Was this developed through S2S project? No

Programming location: In-school

Type of programming: Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? 5th grade class

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? One afternoon

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Arts Education Offering #5: Fence Beautification

Was this developed through S2S project? Yes

Programming location: In-school,Out-of-school

Type of programming: Integration,Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? All 5th and 6th graders in school

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? Ongoing

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Arts Education Offering #6: Fallen Fruit

Was this developed through S2S project? Yes

Programming location: Out-of-school

Type of programming: Sequential,Integration,Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? All students with a focus on 3rd-5th graders

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? Three weekends this Fall: ongoing

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Arts Education Offering #7: Harvest Fair

Was this developed through S2S project? No

Programming location: In-school

Type of programming: Integration,Exposure

What students is offering intended/ available for (Grades, #, any qualifiers/ prerequisites)? All students in school

With what intensity is it offered (days & hours by week/month)? One evening

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What arts education offering that is new as a result of your Studio to School project do you think has been most impactful to date – either for students, teachers, or your school community more generally? Why do you think that is?

How are you working to connect these various offerings to make arts education more coordinated or comprehensive through your Studio to School project?

How are you working to ensure that these offerings are responsive to the needs and interests of your community?