|Betsy, Tasha and Sarah from The Canvas teach Zimbabwean Marimba|
to Glacier Valley 3rd and 4th graders
Our Art is Elementary program at Glacier Valley also partners with community organizations to provide our students with rich arts experiences. One of those partners is The Canvas, Juneau's community arts studio, which offers classes in an inclusive environment for adults, youth and individuals with disabilities. Last year the Canvas provided expert potters for an after-school Clay Studio. This year, their teaching artists taught a marimba workshop to our 3rd and 4th grade students as part of a two-week artist residency. The Artist in the Schools program is made possible through a partnership between the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Rasmusson Foundation and the Glacier Valley Parent Group.
|Vaipuna plays the bass or the "elder" of the Marimba family who speaks little, but whose voice carries much weight|
community class offerings for children and adults. This residency has been beneficial to both organizations. The Canvas hopes to expose our Glacier Valley families to the kinds of arts programs they offer downtown, while Glacier Valley students experience ensemble playing with a beautiful instrument unaffordable to the school. Glacier Valley has also offered to loan its African drums to the Canvas so that they can offer youth workshops during the summer months. Together, Glacier Valley and Canvas are sharing resources, reaching more students and building a larger audience interested in community arts opportunities.
Here is a short video documenting the rehearsal process. Enjoy!