BENEFITING: WALKER COUNTY ARTS ALLIANCE INC
Because our rural schools are forced to focus on core learning due to funding limitations, art is often left out of the education mix. Our goal is to help ensure that each child in the public school system and those residents of rural Walker County are exposed to art and art education. The Walker County Arts Alliacne does this through its three In School Art Programs: Music, Pottery and Storytelling.
Music - Second grade students are encouraged to discover and explore their musical talents with Ms. Cindy Laing. Ms. Laing has travelled the world singing and performing with bands and musical chorales. She shares her love of music by teaching the children singing and instrumental performance, as well as reading and notating music. At the end of each semester, the students demonstrate their new skills in performances for the student body, PTO, and other community events. Research shows that participation in the creation of music aids in language development which is critical to social competence and the overall success of individuals in family and work settings.
Pottery - Local potter, Ruth Manasco, shares her cultural knowledge and history of Native American pottery with fourth graders. This program coincides with the fourth grade curriculum on Alabama Studies. After the children learn about the Alabama Native Americans, Mrs. Manasco shares her ancestry with them and gives each an opportunity to express their artistry as they make little clay trinkets to take home and treasure.
Storytelling - As she has for eight years, retired education teacher and renowned Alabama folk storyteller, Billie Seales, enthusiastically provides creative writing techniques and storytelling skills to fifth grade students. This program ties into the curriculum designed to help improve writing assessment scores, as well as develop oral communication skills.
We feel fortunate to have such talented, dedicated and caring instructors, but every year we are faced with the task of finding grants to help cover the costs of our instructors salaries. As grant protocol gets tougher and tougher to meet, our goal to provide art education to these students becomes more challenging.
We hope that you can help us with these costs by making a one time, or monthly, donation to our In-School Arts Enhancement program. All donations will be used solely for this program.