By Sloan McLain
MINDPOP, managing partner of the city-wide collective impact Creative Learning Initiative, hosted forty-five National Endowment of the Arts Grantees for a site visit to Maplewood Elementary School on April 4. Focusing on the three pillars of the Creative Learning Initiative in Austin schools, visitors observed creative teaching across the curriculum, arts learning, and a community arts partnership. Erin Magrath’s third graders chose between the creative teaching strategies Stage Picture, Soundscape, and Icon to represent the main ideas of the read aloud A is for Activism. Ms. Wozniak’s fifth graders showcased their acting skills with arts partner UT Shakespeare at Winedale, and the 6th grade orchestra students played four pieces under the direction of Mr. Leach. The NEA grantees were more than impressed with Maplewood’s example of an arts-rich education!
Photo credit: Sloan McLain