Thank you for writing such joyful, thoughtful and creative responses for Reflection #10. They were engaging and energizing to read, full of creativity as well as thoughtful reflection. Together, they make a vibrant vision for the arts and arts education in Oregon in 2020. Here are a few of the shared ideas that you spoke about in your reflections.
Enthusiastic arts students. You spoke of students who are enthusiastically signing up for more arts programs, and choosing to participate beyond what is ‘mandatory.’ These students choose to take arts classes and engage in arts extracurricular activities. See posts from Siletz Lincoln City, Ethos Elkton and Harney.
School culture includes the arts. For the teachers and students of the future, arts integration is the norm. It is easy for teachers to reach for the arts to bolster lessons in other subjects, both formally and informally. Arts integration practices sustain across grade levels and withstand staff turnover. Arts teaching positions are expanded. See posts from Sisters, Ashland, Oaklea/Lane and CAM Sunset.
Arts osmosis. In your communities, the exchange of creativity and ideas goes back and forth between schools and community, a process Ashland described as ‘arts osmosis.’ Community members bring their own artistic talents into the school, and students expose the larger community to new arts ideas through shows, stories and performances. For visions of what this looks like, see the posts from OSA David Douglas, Ashland, Sisters, Oaklea/Lane and Harney County.
Communities that advocate for the arts. Parents, community members, and students stand up and advocate for the preservation of arts programming. See posts by CAM Sunset, OSA David Douglas, and Three Rivers/Illinois Valley.
The “graduating class.” Students who were in middle school when the Studio to School project began will be graduating in 2020. You talked about the projects that they will do between now and then, and how they will come to view the arts as a normal part of their education, rather than an add-on. These students will value the arts as they embark on higher education and career paths, even if they do not pursue the arts professionally. See posts from Three Rivers/Illinois Valley, Ethos Elkton, Slietz Lincoln City and Fishtrap Joseph.
Skills for success in the 21st Century. You spoke of the skills that students will take with them as they grow into adulthood. Because of their arts education, students will possess the media and storytelling skills necessary to understand the world around them, continue to learn in an increasingly media-rich society, and contribute as engaged community members and informed citizens. See posts from Open Signal/Open School, Fishtrap Joseph, Harney County.
We encourage you to read and respond to each other’s posts! They are enjoyable and uplifting, and a great read if you are looking for a little boost and a reminder of what is possible.