†AIE Afterschool Residency
-Just Kids, An Archway Program, is proud to announce that they are the recipients of an Artists-In-Education Consortium (AIE) afterschool residency grant for the second year valued at over $6,000.† The AIE residency brings a professional artist into an afterschool program as ďa unique resource and approach to learningĒ, according to Shelly Benaroya, the Arts Education Administrator at AIE.
† This year the residency will take place at the Just Kids Program in the Merchantville Public School in Merchantville, NJ. †
†In the residency, the students will focus on the topic of bullying through the art of storytelling.† Professional storyteller, Queen Nor was chosen to implement the twenty day residency that will start March 10th and run through the beginning of June. The residency also includes a three day visiting artist who will be a percussionist to assist with the program.†
As a bonus, the grant provides for Queen Nor to offer professional development to both the Just Kids and Merchantville School staff in the art of storytelling.
During the residency, students will learn the history of storytelling, create their own stories, create original versions of traditional stories, develop storytelling techniques of their own, and learn about the impact of bullying.† Actual storytelling includes such abilities as engaging an audience, describing events of a story so that the audience pictures the story in their mind, changing tone and style of speaking to convey a message, as well as bringing an audience back after the story ends.† This residency will be extremely creative and provide the students extended learning opportunities that directly relate to the classroom.††
In the residency, students utilize and enhance many diverse skills; oral and literacy skills, creative expression,† thinking/reasoning/ remembering/ imagining , as well as motor skills to name a few.
Not only will the residency enable students to experience a unique art form, but help them to understand and respond to the very relevant topic of bullying.† Through storytelling the students will explore and discuss the challenge of bullying in their lives.† The students will learn ways to respond to bullying and build empathy for one another in the process.† ††
The culmination of the residency will be a story telling performance focused on the topic of bullying, in early June. The students will be storytellers themselves.† Those students not taking part on stage will play a vital role in the production of the performance, publicity, and other behind the scenes activities.† The entire school and local community will be invited to attend.† The local seniors that have been a part of the annual Just Kids Thanksgiving feast, will be special guests to the event as well.†
The Artists-in-Education (AIE) Program is carried out through a partnership between the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and a consortium made up of Arts Horizons and Young Audiences New Jersey.† This program provides New Jersey schools with long-term artist residencies.† The program is made possible through state appropriations to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts as well as funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Just Kids and Merchantville Public School are grateful for the grant and the opportunities it brings to our students this spring.Tweet