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West Newton Elementary

At West Newton Elementary, the staff embraces a rich tradition of parent and family participation which is so important for each child’s success at school. West Newton is a digitally transformative elementary school that also celebrates the love of the arts with our students, families, and community.

Meet the Artist – Jackie Head

Jackie Head’s interest in ceramics began in high school. She received a Bachelor of Science in Arts Management and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in ceramics, from Indiana University Bloomington in December 2014. In the summer of 2014, Jackie had the opportunity to study abroad in China and worked at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen. During her three-week stay, she began her exploration in creating slip cast wall tiles and working with tessellations. Jackie completed an internship at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in 2015. She was an Artist in Residence at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2015-2017. She currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana where she maintains a private studio.

Meet the Teaching Artists

The similarities in the concepts found in Jackie Head’s visual work with the teaching artists’ interest in pattern, shape, and sequence through music and dance are at the core if this pairing. Dianna Davis envisions an experience where students create patterns in music inspired by the recurring design in Head’s work. And Malke Rosenfeld will provide a dance experience that includes the use of percussive foot-based dance patterns to investigate the math concepts within Head’s installation.


Dianna Davis


Dianna began her career as a classical pianist and clarinetist but has since expanded into styles such as folk, Eastern European, jazz and improvisation. After experiencing a gypsy band thrill an audience and move them to dance wildly to music, she knew that that’s the kind of music she wanted to play.

Malke Rosenfeld

Percussive dancer

As a teaching artist, Malke’s interdisciplinary inquiry focuses on the intersections between percussive dance and mathematics and how to best illustrate these connections for students. Malke’s research interests include embodied cognition in mathematics learning, task and activity design in a moving math classroom, and elementary math education.
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