Artists in the Schools

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Chlorophyll prints were made by students in Greeley Hill Elementary and Lake Don Pedro Elementary during Cara Goger’s residency. Students used images taken by Lewis W. Hine (who advocated for the rights of children by documenting child labor in the 19th Century) and used a technique developed by Binh Danh.


Because we strongly believe that art has the capacity to reach far beyond aesthetics to support rigorous intellectual inquiry, illuminate scientific and mathematical discoveries and concepts, and promote thoughtful conversations about the human condition we are currently piloting a new program, Artists in the Schools, that taps art’s academic and social potential while building a strong partnership with the Mariposa County Office of Education.

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This program places trained teaching artists into all of Mariposa County’s 5th grade classrooms for 8-12 week residencies. These artists have worked with their respective classroom teachers to develop an arts infused, standards-aligned curriculum that teaches art in concert with at least one other academic subject. The residencies provide in-depth, hands-on visual arts and music experiences that develop students’ critical thinking and creative problem solving skills while challenging students to transfer knowledge across traditional subject areas boundaries. “Through viewing, making, and discussing art works, students come to realize that the arts do not exist in isolation, but are always situated within multiple dimensions, including time, space, culture, history, and [the sciences.]” (National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning)

Spring residencies for 2018 are currently in action!

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Look back at Artists in the Schools during 2017:


Debbie Croft: Combining art, education creates great rewards
An article about our 2016 Artists in the Schools program, focusing on the Sierra Foothill Charter School residency with ceramic artists Tiffany Newberry and Phyllis Becker.

2017 Press Releases
Mariposa County Arts Council Provides Artist Residencies in All Elementary Schools Across the County

Mariposa County Arts Council Awarded California Arts Council “Artist in the Schools – Extension” Grant