Youth Experiencing Art, Inc. and Ringling College of Art + Design presented “Putting the Arts in Arts Integration”, a getting to know YEA Arts mission and program review at the West Coast Arts Integration Symposium at Ringling College on January 29th.
YEA Arts presented the event driven project The Hidden Children of the Holocaust, as an illustration of how YEA Arts works by bringing together a Ringling College student artist with a Sarasota County school teacher to imagine, plan and implement an arts integration project focusing on middle school social studies curriculum.
YEA Arts was among the 52 Arts organizations presenting to this select audience of school teachers and administrators. YEA’s presentation included representation from Youth Experiencing Art, Inc. by John Sullivan – President and Leslie Lacktman – Program Development Director, from Ringling College of Art + Design by Rachel Levey-Baker – YEA Coordinator and Student Artists Tim Palmer and Jessica Smith, and from Sarasota County Schools by Jessica Harris – Gocio Elementary and Deb Piner – Booker Middle. Two of Deb Piner’s students from a social studies class were also involved, one reading a story he wrote about a soldier and a girl who played a “violin” constructed of “found” objects at a concentration camp.
YEA Arts presentation was ‘standing room only’ reaching a wide variety of curriculum disciplines and school grades.