Fillmore and Friends of Fillmore PTA Presentation 2011
Portraits from 2011 Spring Arts Show ANDCeramics byStoddertstudents, 2011
Presentation Outline• The PAST• The PRESENT – Who – How – What – Why• The FUTURE Band practice at Garrison, 2011
The PAST A brief history lesson:“The past is never • In the 1970s, an engaged and active group of DCPS parentsdead. It’s not saw a dilution of arts instruction due to small school sizeseven past.” and the inability to justify dedicated arts teachers. Faulkner • Fearing a wholesale loss of arts instruction for their children, they decided to THINK DIFFERENTLY! • Therefore, they pooled their individual schools’ resources to develop one specialized center for arts teaching that children from all the participating schools could benefit from. • This aggregation of funds allowed for more robust, multi- disciplinary instruction than could happen if each school went it alone! • Hence, Fillmore Arts Center was born!
The PRESENT What You Get for Your Arts Budget at Fillmore:“With the past, I • Multiple teachers who are practicing artists andhave nothing to specialists in their particular discipline: dance, music,do; nor with the ceramics, painting, drawing, digital arts, drama, andfuture. I live creative writing.now.” • Facilities designed for use as art spaces: dance floors, Emerson kilns, a black box theatre, digital arts lab, and more. • Opportunities for your children to perform publicly and display their work around the city • Exposure to and instruction from visiting artists • Access to arts enrichment experiences and field trips • Planning time allocated to regular classroom teachers while their students attend arts classes
The (alternative) PRESENT What You Could Get For Your Arts Budget at“With the past, I Your Participating School:have nothing todo; nor with the • One part-time Art teacher and one part-time Music teacherfuture. I livenow.” • Limited supplies and no dedicated space Emerson Spring Dance Performance, 2011
The WHO“All the world’s a • The Playersstage, and all the – Fillmore Arts Centermen and women – Friends of Fillmoremerely players.” Shakespeare – Your Home School – DCPS Shakespeare Performance by Hyde & Key students, 2011
Fillmore Arts Center Not your average DC public school:“All the world’s a • Founded in 1974stage, and all the • Has two locations, Fillmore East and Fillmore West, whichmen and women serve over 3,000 students per yearmerely players.” • Provides dedicated arts instruction centers with specialized teachers and facilities Shakespeare • Teaches a range of arts: dance, drama, music, visual and digital arts • Has won multiple awards over the years and is considered a nationally recognized innovator in arts education • Hosts artists-in-residence, who share their knowledge and techniques in the arts with our children • Acts as a community cultural anchor through after-school and summer camp programs, individual instruction in musical instruments, and community performances and events
Friends of Fillmore (FOF) • FOF is a non-profit organization that functions like“All the world’s a Fillmore’s PTA • Throughout the school year, FOF works to raise moneystage, and all the to support the activities of Fillmore Arts Centermen and women • FOF fundraising dollars and contributions go to pay for:merely players.” – ALL art supplies used throughout the school year Shakespeare and instruments for the classrooms – Artist-in-Residence grants – After-school enrichment programs and summer camp scholarships • FOF funds and organizes hospitality for Fillmore’s “Be an Artist” night, open houses, and performance events • For information on the Friends of Fillmore go to www.friendsoffillmore.org
Friends of Fillmore (FOF) Your support makes everything possible, so“All the world’s a get involved!stage, and all the • STAY IN TOUCH: go to the Friends website and add your email to our mailing listmen and women • JOIN the Friends of Fillmore board and use your time andmerely players.” talent for a great cause (We look to have at least 2 reps from Shakespeare each school every year!) • PROMOTE Fillmore’s activities within your school and amongst your wider community • ATTEND Fillmore events • DONATE funds to the Friends of Fillmore • VOLUNTEER in the Fillmore Arts Center office or classrooms • ADVOCATE for Fillmore • FIND a community sponsor to host an activity that supports Fillmore (dining nights or something else?)
“Bit by bit… puttingit together” The HOW Sondheim • Serves as a shared resource for participating • Provides busing schools, providing multi- so children and disciplinary arts education on teachers can move campus at the participatingTHE RESULT: between campuses school or on-site at Fillmore • Provides space,Because DCPS maintenance, andprovides busing and some additional salariesadditional funding andFOF provides artsupplies and additionalfinancial support, the • Provides schoolFillmore program reps to attend the Friends of Fillmoreprovides more than Meetingsdouble the arts • Contributes a pereducation resources student fee (part of its • Serves as Fillmore’s “PTA” arts budget) to thethat a Participating • Conducts fundraising on behalf of Fillmore Arts Center Fillmore programSchool could fund by • Raised funds provide art supplies and instruments,itself!! enrichment content like artists in residence and field trips, and after-school & summer camp scholarships
The WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR YOUR CHILDREN TO BE…“Do not train children to • Civic-minded people who engage in their local communities?learning by force andharshness, but direct them • Creative problem-solvers who employ critical thinking skillsto it by what amuses their to generate multiple solutions?minds, so that you may be • Flexible thinkers who can work across disciplines, appreciatebetter able to discover with diversity, and thrive in cooperative, collaborative settings?accuracy the peculiar bentof the genius of each.” • High-achieving and actively involved students who work Plato responsibly and have confidence and self-esteem? • Expressive communicators who read and write more AND more skillfully? • Strong observers who can visualize abstract concepts? • Empathetic, considerate people who value others and themselves and can tolerate divergent viewpoints? • Creators of beauty and joy who have less stress and are more physically coordinated? Then, have them learn and participate in the arts!
The WHY THE RESEARCH IS IN…“Give the pupils something • Find details on all these claims in this report:to do, not something to Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievemenlearn; and the doing is of (2006) published by the Arts Education Partnershipsuch a nature as to • You can find a link to the report on the FOF site atdemand thinking; learning www.friendsoffillmore.org/documents/naturally results.” EXAMPLES FROM THE STUDIES John Dewey • …children, ages 9 and 10, were trained to look closely at works of art and reason about what they saw. The results showed that children’s ability to draw inferences about artwork transferred to their reasoning about images in science. In both cases, the critical skill is that of looking closely and reasoning about what is seen. • As a “warm-up” writing exercise, second and third grade students used poetry, games, movement and improvisation to act out their story ideas, which contributed to their improved performance. • [teens in] dance classes twice weekly for 10 weeks, … reported significant gains in confidence, tolerance and persistence related to the dance experience. • An analysis conducted of multiple studies confirms the finding that students who take music classes in high school are more likely to score higher on standardized mathematics tests such as the SAT.
“The best thing about thefuture is that it comes onlyone day at a time.” Lincoln The FUTURE • Sense-making • Design Mindset • Novel & Adaptive Thinking • Social Intelligence • Virtual Collaboration Sound like things you get from working with the arts? From Report by The Institute for the Future (IFTF), Summer 2011
CONTACTS• Contact Fillmore’s Principal, Katherine Latterner if you: – want to address child-specific or classroom-specific Fillmore issues; even better, contact your child’s FILLMORE teacher(s) directly – Email: email@example.com – Phone: 202-729-3795 (direct); 202-729-3794 (office)• Contact your FOF School Rep who serves on the FOF Board, if you want to share ideas or concerns related to your home school.• Contact the FOF Board Chair, if you want to join the FOF Board or have suggestions for how we can improve. – Email: FACBoardChair@gmail.com