The El Paso Community Foundation’s Artstream program is offering a second year of their Artist- in-Residency program to El Paso Independent School District’s (EPISD) elementary schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Artstream project integrates fundamentals of fine arts into elementary school classrooms and supports the EPISD’s Active Learning Initiative, an interactive, project-based curriculum. Artstream shows teachers how to incorporate music, movement, and the visual arts into everyday classroom lessons to enhance student academic and social development.
Teaching Artists Maria McCullough and Leo Martinez will work with a grade level once a week to:
Start supportive strategies for transformative learning that focus on social and emotional connections.
Build cross-curricular skills of observation, listening, and reflection.
Highlight ways the creative process can support specific content across the curriculum, including math, literacy, and science.
End with a facilitated learning extension project that bridges classrooms with the broader El Paso community through partnerships with cultural organizations, including museums, parks, outdoor spaces, and others.
The program will run regardless of the distance-learning or in-person hybrid model put in place by the district.
If you are interested in applying please discuss the program with your grade level group and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for the application. The deadline is 5 PM on Tuesday, September 8th.
The schedule and structure of program delivery will be determined between the teaching artist and collaborating teachers. This program is offered at no cost to schools and is made possible by a grant from the El Paso Community Foundation.
Pictured: 2019 Artstream cohort from Barron, Tom Lea, and Bradley elementary schools with local artists LosDos, Ramon and Christian Cardenas. This collaborative project ended with a mural at Veterans Park in Northeast El Paso.