shoshanna@interstatearts.com

Community Arts Teacher at The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, Detroit

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As member of the founding staff of The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, from 2013-15, I envisioned and implemented curriculum that supported the school's mission to nurture creative, critical thinkers who contribute to the well-being of their communities. K-5 students engaged in place-based projects and community rituals as well as individual expressive studio practice in a choice-based program I called "Open Studio," adapted from Anne Bedricks' book, "Choice Without Chaos." I also worked with classroom teachers toward arts-integrated curriculum, as well as participating in visioning, grantwriting, event planning, managing donations, and other support to the great success of the school's first two years.

February 10, 2015

  • Friends collaborate during Open Studio to illustrate their rich fantasy play inspired by Minecraft, Pokemon and other shared pop culture.
  • Kindergarten students draw from observation in the school library.
  • Kindergarten students present their work to classmates.
  • A unit on portraits introduced materials and techniques as well as art historical and social concepts of representation.
  • A unit on portraits introduced materials and techniques as well as art historical and social concepts of representation.
  • A Day of the Dead altar displayed portraits and written interviews about loved ones who have passed, integrating art and literacy.
  • Bird Feeder Challenge criteria
  • Bird Feeder Challenge enlivened student dialogue with the space immediately surrounding the school during winter.
  • Bird Feeder Challenge enlivened student dialogue with the space immediately surrounding the school during winter.
  • Bird Feeder Challenge enlivened student dialogue with the space immediately surrounding the school during winter.
  • Bird Feeder Challenge enlivened student dialogue with the space immediately surrounding the school during winter.
  • Families weave Ojo de Dios, protective eyes, into the Boggs School fence.

 

 

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