Artists in Schools Program
The arts, both visual and performing, are unquestionably crucial to today’s education according to educators. They are subjects unto themselves, and also are vital teaching tools in virtually every subject in the classroom. Since 2001 the Two Waters Arts Alliance has supported Key Peninsula schools in keeping a vibrant arts program working for all students because of sharply constrained education budgets.
Two Waters Artists In Schools is a twofold program. Classroom teachers call upon artists in the “Residency” program to flesh out specific topics within the classroom environment: a musician brings songs of the time to life in a history lesson, or a visual artist expands the world of a plant in science. The artist functions as a resource, much like a film strip or textbook, under a teacher’s direction illustrating how art and core studies interrelate.
For students wishing to explore specific artistic activities, Artists in Schools supports the increasingly popular KP Middle School “After School Arts” program. Professional artists, most from the Key Peninsula, guide students through a particular art project in a focused after school program. Topics may range from painting to mask making and creative writing.
While concentrating its arts support efforts within the four Key Peninsula public schools, Two Waters is now reaching out to home-schooled students on the Peninsula.
In all its school support programs Two Waters hews to its founding principles: it supplies the artists and all supplies so that every Key Peninsula student may participate and learn. The programs are funded through membership in the Two Waters Arts Alliance, from private donations and through grants.