Promise Academy II Charter School Art Department 2011
Harlem Children’s Zone by Geoffrey Canada while working as Founded director of the Truancy Program at the Rheedlen Center in Harlem,NY. In 1997, The Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families funded the Harlem Children’s Zone initiative. The initiative created a 24-block area of Harlem where HCZ offered a comprehensive set of services to youth and families. In 2007, the Zone Project grew to almost 100 blocks. Mission: “To improve the lives of poor children in America’s most devastated communities.” In 2007,President Barack Obama called for the creation of "Promise Neighborhoods" across the country based on the comprehensive, data-driven approach of the HCZ Project. Today the Childrens Zone® serves more than 8,000 children and 6,000 adults.
In 2010, the Promise Neighborhoods program awarded one-year grants to support thedevelopment of a plan to implement a Promise Neighborhood in 21 across the country. In2011, an additional 16 communities throughout the United States also granted support to fund other “Promise Neighborhoods ” in order to help revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Harlem Children’s Zone Community Programs Baby College, a series of workshops for parents of children ages 0-3 Gems, an all-day pre-kindergarten program Harlem Peacemakers, reducing violence through negotiation skills and self defense classes Promise Academy, extended-day charter schools from kinder to 12th grade TRUCE Arts & Media, fostering career readiness through media literacy and artistic ability Employment & Technology, teaching computer and job-related skills to teens and adults College Success, an office that supports HCZ graduates throughout the college admission experience and during their college education Community Pride, organizes tenant and block associations Family Support, provides crisis intervention services, advocacy, groups on parenting and anger management training Asthma & Obesity Initiatives, educating families and providing management counciling
Planning• Review all the dates and exhibits of museums.• Familiarize your self with the museums collection via website/galleries.• Create a contact sheet for all museum contacts.• Form curriculum around exhibit or artists to be studied.• Schedule guided tour guides.• Schedule Buses.• Subway Rides for older students.• Schedule tours after 9am after bus drop off• Have meeting with principal to inform them of plans• Have materials and websites for teachers to incorporate during classroom instruction.
Building Museum Culture In the School and Promotion of Arts Program• Post-Visit: Prepare students what to expect at an art museum, rules, and what they will see on their visit.• Parent Art Night: Create a Sign-Up sheet and flyers posted and to be placed in students book bags.• Participate in any school wide events. 100th Day of School, and Game Night.• Showcase work in a professional manner.(objective, task, standards, and various art outcomes).• Invite parents to attend to field trips by letters.• Provide free access pass or information to museums.• Create a supply list in the summer with a welcome letter with your goals and supply wish list to be sent home to parents.• Promote art events on school calendar/website.
Curriculum Integration• Form a curriculum around exhibit or artists to be studied. Focus on a theme.• Provide Examples of works from museum collection• Develop conversations with Art Criticism or Big Idea Questions using VTS Visual Teaching Strategy.• Provide short bios on artists.
Cooper-Hewitt,National Design Outreach Program• K–12 School Groups Design K12 Design in the Classroom brings design workshops to your school. Design in the Classroom is free. The visit is about 45 minutes. All K-12 teachers in NYC are eligible. Workshop materials are provided including teaching materials and resources to use before and after the visit.