With the state budget battle and crisis now in the rearview mirror, ArtsPath has been working diligently to schedule residencies and meet the demand for its artist residency services.
A regional arts-in-education program in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, ArtsPath places highly qualified and professionally active artists of all disciplines in educational settings for extended, in-depth residency activities covering a geographic region that includes Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson counties.
Over the next eight months, literally hundreds of students at all levels will have lessons creatively enhanced through the power of the arts. Students in the public schools will discover a deeper level of learning while simultaneously enjoying a new sense of creativity as a specific art discipline is integrated with their subject of study.
The first residency for this year began Wednesday, March 20, 2010. A class of juniors at IUP will be learning how to integrate the arts into their K-5 lesson plans. This residency builds upon two previous residencies held in the Spring 2008 and Spring 2009 semesters. They were hosted by Dr. Mary Anne Hannibal, with each focused on teaching sophomores in the Early Childhood program how art could be integrated into a Pre-K curriculum. The first incorporated the felting of artist Sandy Trimble, and the second the exciting combination of storytelling and dance through Stories 'n Motion, a group created by storyteller Jan Kinney and dancer Ann Van Kuren.
This year’s junior-level course, ECED 314: Creative Experiences to Enhance Literacy Acquisition, is taught by Dr. Paula Purnell, a former teaching artist with ArtsPath, and uses the hands and experience of veteran teaching artist and sculptor Martha McKinley Murphy (at left). It should prove to be an exciting learning experience for all, including the cooperating teachers in the Derry/Latrobe school districts who have the opportunity to learn from the IUP students. Murphy will maintain a blog throughout the residency, which everyone is invited to visit.
This year, ArtsPath is implementing one of its most diverse groups of residencies in its nine-year history. Other residencies for the year include elementary, junior, and senior high schools, as well as an alternative school and state correctional facility.