Arts for Learning Projects in Virginia
These successful programs have motivated students and energized teachers across the State of Virginia.
A4L Young Authors Project Richmond
Young Audiences partnered with Richmond Public Schools to train all 28 4th and 5th grade teachers in 5 different elementary schools. We also trained the Title I Reading specialists, Art teachers and Exceptional Education teachers from each of the 5 schools. The classroom teachers that were trained delivered 18 hours of classroom implementation to over 550 students for a total of 504 unit hours.
YAV also provided a 5-session residency led by YAV teaching artist Bentley Boyd to each of the 5 participating schools. These 5 residencies each served 25 students for 25 hours of in depth work with the art form of the graphic novel. Funding for this project was provided by the George J. and Effie L. Seay Foundation and the Emily S. and Coleman A. Hunter Trust. These generous grants also allowed YAV to hold a celebratory culminating event at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library where students, parents, teachers and local educational leaders enjoyed presentations honoring the accomplishments of the students that were a part of the Young Authors Project: Richmond. Thanks to additional funding from the Robins Foundation we will be doing the project again this fall at 5 more Richmond Public Schools.(Photo A4LPV1 Caption: Students browse each otherís books at the Richmond A4L culminating event) (Photo A4LPV2 No Caption: Students practice drawing graphic novel panels) (Photo A4LPV3 No Caption: Proud parents peruse student work) (Photo A4LPV4 No Caption: A Richmond Public School student reading from his illustrated book)
A4L Young Authors Project Roanoke
Over 400 3rd through 5th grade students from six Roanoke City Public Schools wrote and illustrated their own books in the visual art form of the graphic novel as part of the Young Authorís Program. Thirteen teachers implemented in the fall and spring in 21 classrooms and over 40 teachers, specialists and administrators participated in the professional development workshops. Each teacher delivered 22 unit hours to their students for a total of462 unit hours. This project was also part of a national testing initiative to further validate the efficacy of the A4L program.
An additional part of the Young Authorís Program was the opportunity for 100 students to participate in ten artist residencies all led by YAV visual artist Katherine Devine. Studentsí books along with their residency storyboards were displayed at Center in the Square, 1st Floor Gallery for the entire month of May including an opening event, the Art by Night Gallery Walk and special lunch viewings. The Young Authorís Program was made possible by the generous support from the Edgar A. Thurman Charitable Foundation for Children, City of Roanoke and Appalachian Power. This program will continue next year expanding to additional Roanoke City Public Schools.(Photo A4LPV5 Caption: Student work on display) (Photo A4LPV6 Caption: Student work on display) (Photo A4LPV7 Caption: Students share their work with proud parents) (Photo A4LPV8 Caption: Students watch video of their creative process)
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