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ERIC Number: ED425399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Art, Education, and Community: Arts Genesis, Inc.
Kestler, Carol S.
Arts Genesis, Inc. (AGI) forms partnerships with diverse communities to assist them in finding fulfillment through the arts by meeting their own self-defined needs; uses arts experiences to encourage discovery, creativity, and diversity; and continually strives for excellence in the arts and education. Arts Genesis grew out of "Project Choki.""Choki" means "star" in the Yaqui Indian language. Project Choki became a schoolwide arts education project in 1986. Arts units are co-developed and taught by professional artist-educators, classroom teachers, parents, community members, and special consultants. Arts projects are integrated with other curriculum (e.g., a project in mask making involved students in dance, drama, and writing in Spanish and English). History and science projects have been coordinated with arts projects. Projects described include puppets, opera, other drama projects, quilting, collage, photography, murals, music, and dance. Major media and artistic concepts are revisited several times between first and fifth grade in a spiral curriculum that develops age-appropriate ideas and skills. Through the arts, Project Choki students have developed imagination, observation, and concentration. The model was expanded through a new project called "ArtsBuild" to include a second, larger school. Both schools have extremely diverse student populations. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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