Author, illustrator, artist, and educator Laura Lee Gulledge was in residency at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School in Broadway, Virginia from December 6-10 working with EVERY 6th grade student. Students engage in creation of character and story, storytelling, collaborative decision making, creative problem solving, artistic expression, and creative writing. Together, students and Laura Lee create a multi panel mural story to hang in the school building for future students to appreciate and enjoy. Students also have the opportunity to make their own mini comics to take home and share their own individual story.
Laura Lee also curated residencies with students at Skyline Middle School and Montevideo Middle School.
Any Given Child Shenandoah Valley is proud to have partial support from the Arts Council of the Valley and the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative Operation Roundup Grant to ensure equitable access of the arts for the students of Rockingham County Public Schools.
The School of Theater and Dance at James Madison University, in conjunction with our Premier Performance Partner, The Forbes Center at James Madison University, welcomed 450+ third graders from Rockingham County Public Schools for an interactive informance on Friday December 10, 2021.
JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company shared portions of their most recent Dancescapes show with the audience, and then taught our students about choreography, careers in the field of the arts, and even choreographed and performed a dance together from their seats in the audience!!
In collaboration with JMU Art Education faculty, students from Thomas Harrison MIddle and Skyline Middle School visited campus December 7-9 to experience Exuberance: Dialogues in African American Painting at Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art.
Over 350 students engaged in three different educational experiences with JMU students from the School of Art, Design, and Art History learning about the history of African American abstract artists, exploring the gallery and art pieces curated for the exhibition, and even created their own abstract art in both collaborative and individual settings. Any Given Child Shenandoah Valley as delighted to partner with Professor Bill Wightman, his colleagues, and their students to bring a unique and important learning experience to our students. You can read more about the experience at the published article at jmu.edu.
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