This project received an $8,000 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education and was awarded the Edithe Fulton Grant for the Arts, which was named in honor of NJEA past-president Edithe Fulton, who is a talented musician and advocate for the arts.
Through Global Visions and Voices, arts teachers Rita R. Williams and Sarah Wismer seek to establish a core curriculum at New Egypt Primary School (Ocean County) combining visual art with music and movement to provoke an awareness that prepares students for life in an intercultural world. The benchmarks of art and music instruction will be included, as well as district, state, and national goals.
The project will include the creation of curriculum kits about specific countries on the continents of Africa, Asia, and South America. Using the kits, students will create artwork based on a world culture and be able to identify artwork from visuals and artifacts while learning the basic elements of art and design. Students will identify various musical instruments and have opportunities to play them. Two performance evenings are planned to showcase student artwork and music endeavors. Families will be invited to participate in at least four evening events to learn about world cultures.
The entire year will be documented in photos and videos. The program will be the basis for the curriculum that will be completed by the end of the school year.
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Rita R. Williams