Friends of Arts for Learning,
What does pottery, photography, and video game design have to do with problem solving?
Three teaching artists spend every Tuesday afternoon providing residencies to the middle schoolers at St. Roch Catholic School in Indianapolis. They work closely with teachers to connect their residency to current curriculum and emphasize important life skills. As English teacher, Jason Tindall, shares:
It’s a perspective on learning that they’re not going to get from English, or math, or science… The focus on process, and within that process, a focus on failure… and using failure to learn, how can that NOT translate to everything else – from day-to-day problem solving to academic learning.
As one student noted, this focus on learning through one’s mistakes can be a challenge:
Game design can be frustrating and difficult because you kind of get upset when things don’t work out. Then you have to troubleshoot.
The end result is worth the effort, as science teacher, Julie Seavers has witnessed:
It lets them use their individuality in a creative way. They have to problem-solve the entire time. The Arts for Learning teachers don’t tell them the answers, but they have to figure it out on their own, which I think is the best part of the program… A lot of students who might be more reserved in the classroom setting, especially with typical content, come out of their shell… They are proud of that.
By giving children experiences in the arts, you can cultivate tomorrow’s great problem solvers. Please consider a gift of $100 today to guarantee more children like those at St. Roch have access to enriching arts education.
Because ultimately, it is the ability to challenge the status quo, to entertain the fantastic, to persevere—to be an artist— that ensures a brighter future for our youth and our community.
JoEllen Florio Rossebo
President & CEO
P.S. The average cost per child for our programs is just $5! You can make a gift today via postal mail, online by clicking here, or via phone at (317) 925-4043 ext. 112.