This past Friday, May 15th, Arts for Learning had our second NRG Creatively Green Festival! Both this festival and our first festival at New Augusta Public Academy South were great, green experiences.
Both of these festivals focused on ways to ‘go green’ and reduce your carbon footprint. Students and their families had the chance to participate in activities with teaching artists that focused on ways they could help the environment. Each activity tied into a page in a take home booklet that every family received they arrived. The booklet focused on factual information that tied into the activity and ways that the families can easily help the environment at home.
The first event featured nine of Arts for Learning’s teaching artists stations, a community project station led by a teaching artist, and multiple community partners such as IPL and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The community partner’s stations also had activities that tied into environmental issues. At New Augusta, the community project station was a way for students to brainstorm their ideas about what they want their schools community project to look like.
The Oaklandon festival created a green atmosphere with their festival’s outdoor setting. Similar to New Augusta, nine of Arts for Learning’s teaching artists and a community project led by a teaching artist were at this event. The community project at Oaklandon was the creation of a sign that will mark the head of a trail at the school. Each of the students that participated were able to paint a part of the sign which will be installed before the end of the school year! In addition to these stations, this festival featured food trucks and an area where students and their families could make their own birdhouse.
These two events were made possible with the support of NRG Energy and Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.