Which visual arts lessons will help you communicate with a student who is on the autism spectrum? How can dance include someone using a wheelchair? How do you teach collaboration in your 5th grade classroom?
Youth in Arts’ new ARTS Bank (Art Resources for Teachers and Students) offers answers. The ARTS Bank is a first of its kind free database to find and contribute arts activities to reach all types of learners.
Visual Arts Director Suzanne Joyal and former Executive Director Miko Lee presented a beta version of the online resource recently at VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference in Irvine, CA. VSA is an international organization on arts, education and disability that was founded in 1974 by former U.S. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
“The ARTS bank is an exciting tool,” Joyal said. “With a click of a button, teachers, parents or caregivers can plug in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) goal or grade level or a key word and find an arts lesson designed to strengthen those specific skills.”
Lee said the goal is to provide a tool so people can build on each other’s work.
“We have intentionally made it a free resource to encourage people to use it, contribute and collaborate,” Lee said. “You get the best solutions for the communities you are working with from those communities themselves. Those are the practitioners that best understand what works.”
The ARTS Bank is part of Youth in Arts’ Digital Toolkit, which includes six videos on inclusive teaching practices for artists, classroom teachers and parents. The ARTS Bank was developed pro bono through Salesforce under the leadership of Derek Schauffler. Funding for the video portion was provided through the state Department of Education’s Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant that the Marin County Office of Education received.
We know art has the power to engage, excite, and inspire students of all abilities. Whether it is the visual arts, theater, dance, music, or new media, creative exploration has been known to help students reach learning and behavioral objectives in productive and innovative ways. But with hundreds of lesson plans available online and no way to match them up to your student’s needs, it can be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for – which is where the ARTS Bank comes in. The Arts Bank (Arts Resources for Teachers and Students) is an online, searchable database for educators, administrators, parents, and students to use to achieve their personal goals. This bank will help harness the potential the visual and performing arts can have on the educational outcomes of all students.
Know of an arts-based activity, project, warm-up, or lesson plan that successfully reaches learners with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities? Educators and artists are invited to add to the bank with our easy on-line form below. Or enter the info on the ARTS Bank here.
For more information on bringing visual or performing arts to your special education classrooms or creating a truly integrated program for your students, email Program Director Kelsey Rieger at email@example.com or call 415-457-4878 ext. 110.
Nearly 100 arts supporters turned out to celebrate the importance of art education and to honor Youth in Arts’ wonderful Executive Director Miko Lee on Sept. 13 at the YIA Gallery in the Downtown San Rafael Arts District.
Lee has been a tenacious advocate for ensuring that all children – not just those at Marin’s wealthier schools – have equal access to the arts. She is leaving Youth in Arts after 13 years at the helm.
“We know we have a big equity gap in Marin, ” Lee told the enthusiastic crowd at the State of the Arts event. “We feel that as part of the ARTS NOW Marin (California Alliance for Arts Education) community, arts education makes a difference. ”
In reviewing the year’s accomplishments, Lee highlighted the passage of Marin’s first ever Arts Education Plan a year ago, which was folded into the larger county arts plan. With that strong foundation, Marin County Office of Education and Youth in Arts were able to get $500,000 in additional funding for arts education so that more students of color and students with disabilities were reached.
Youth in Arts also partnered with other experts in the field to train nearly 100 educators at a STEAM workshop this summer.
“One hundred percent of those teachers said they could feel confident integrating arts into their curriculum,” Lee said. “They saw that this is a way to reach our students who are not being listened to and not being heard.”
Youth in Arts has also produced a Digital Toolkit, six videos on inclusive teaching practices for artists, classroom teachers and parents. In addition, Youth in Arts has developed a free ARTS Bank. The database, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, allows educators, parents and students to plug in an IEP goal or grade level and get an arts activity that matches.
Youth in Arts’ award-wining youth a cappella group, ‘Til Dawn, also performed. This past year, those students received 350 hours of arts learning and performing. The event also coincided with San Rafael’s 2nd Friday Art Walk .
Board member Melissa Jones-Briggs served as the MC. Speakers at the event included Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools; Gabriella Calicchio, director of cultural services for Marin County; Pepe Gonzalez, principal of Laurel Dell and Short Elementary schools; Danielle O’Leary, economic development director for San Rafael, Naomi Tamura, Youth in Arts’ board president; and Dr. Tom Peters, president and CEO of the Marin Community Foundation.
Gonzalez spoke passionately about the difference Lee has made through her vision, passion and energy. He pointed to photographs in the YIA gallery of young artists with special needs and said he wasn’t surprised to see them there.
“If it wasn’t for Miko and the programs she’s brought in, they wouldn’t be up there right now,” he said.
Gonzalez also pointed to the photo of a third grader at Laurel Dell who had been through Youth in Arts programs.
The young artist has been in the U.S. only two years. Her academic grades only tell part of her story, he said, noting the joy on her face while making art.
“When you give kids access to something that finds that inner voice, that right there is exactly what we want our kids to be like,” Gonzalez said. “Those smiles are real. The programs, the vision, everything that (Miko) believes in … that smile says it all.”
Please consider a donation in honor of Miko Lee’s incredible legacy, and to support the important work that we do.
Thanks to photographers Kathleen Gaines/MarinArts, Lynn Noyce, Kim Wilson and Youth in Arts staff.
Arts leaders, local officials, and community members gathered at the YIA Gallery to celebrate the launch of the Downtown San Rafael Arts District on Friday, October 12th. The district, located along the spine of 4th street, is home to numerous arts-related organizations including Artworks Downtown, the Falkirk Cultural Center, and the California Film Institute. Downtown San Rafael is one of only 14 inaugural state-designated cultural arts districts. Speakers included Supervisor Damon Connolly, CFI’s Dane Callihan, AWD’s Elisabeth Setten, Bank of Marin’s Jaime Ortiz, Marin Arts’ Kathie Gaines, Youth in Arts Mentor architect Shirl Buss, and YIA youth board member Kathryn Hasson.
On behalf of YIA’s board and staff, Executive Director Miko Lee presented the Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award to Dominican University professor, Lynn Sondag. The award is given to individuals for exceptional accomplishments in arts education in memory of Youth in Arts’ former Executive Director Pamela Levine. “We are thrilled to celebrate Lynn, who is an exemplar of arts education and leadership,” Lee said. “Lynn is a driving force in making the arts come alive in San Rafael.”
Mill Valley Community Center was lit up “Electric Blue” on Friday by the spirit of generosity from generous sponsors, over 100 event and auction donors and nearly 200 arts-loving partygoers!
Youth in Arts thanks everyone for being part of a fun and festive night that netted over $50,000 in support for Youth in Arts programs, including a special appeal that raised more than $26,000 for the Arts Unite Us program serving youth with special needs in Marin.
We are so grateful to our sponsors Nancy & Luis Belmonte, Yerba Buena Commons, Entelo, Bank of Marin, Stephanie Lamarre–Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, the Marin Independent Journal and Marin Arts. And we also want to thank our Board of Directors and particularly Events Committee members Naomi Tamura, Devin Dixon, Melissa Jones Briggs, Angela Rafner, Linda Sudduth, Maura Tokarski, Sheila Tuffanelli and Justine Rudman for spending so many hours, weeks and months preparing for the event.
The evening included silent and live auctions, a special reading of Youth in Arts student work by leaders in Marin County efforts to build more arts into our community, dinner from An Affair to Remember Catering, wines from Rock Wall and White Oak, beer from Moylan’s Brewery, coffee from Nova Rosti, a “dessert dash” game and performances from Youth in Arts `Til Dawn A Cappella and the amazing Pride & Joy, whose electric blues dance music inspired the event theme!
Live auction donors included Playa Restaurant in Mill Valley and the Napa Valley Film Festival, as well as YIA Board Member Devin Dixon. Our silent auction and dessert dash included contributions from over 100 local businesses and several more contributed goods or services to the production of the event. We encourage you to check out the full list of event supporters on our website and to always support businesses that support arts for kids!
Finally, thank you to all our guests–you really made the night a success with your generous donations and auction bids (and of course with your fabulous dancing!)
We’ve included a gallery of photos below snapped by Curtis Myers (thank you, Curtis!)
The end of the year is almost here–keep watching our blog here for stories from our school sites about all the creativity, confidence and compassion you have helped to support!
To achieve our vision and increase our impact, Youth in Arts recognizes the importance of advocating for arts education equity. This means increasing our active involvement on a local, state and national level, including advocating for arts for students with disabilities, training educators and disseminating our own curriculum around arts equity. As the broader education field has recognized, students must be healthy and safe in order to achieve in school, and this includes the arts. YIA’s advocacy policy will determine our appropriate role in addressing issues that impact the students we serve. One key to supporting youth is ensuring that they have a voice in arts in Marin County.
Following are some resources for school districts, administrators and teachers ready and able to increase their arts education impact. At the bottom of the page are art contest and scholarship resources for students.
DISTRICT OR SCHOOLWIDE PLANNING TOOLS
Roadmap for Districts to understand Arts Data–CA based, not Marin specific
California Visual and Performing Arts Standards (VAPA) –currently under revision
ARTS INTEGRATION MODELS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ARTS INTEGRATION
Integrated Learning Specialist Program (ILSP) –check with MCOE regarding funding for this program
RESEARCH ON ARTS EDUCATION
Exemplary Programs – professional paper from the Kennedy Center
To explore other communities that are partnering together (cities, districts, community based arts organizations and businesses), check out these models:
MODEL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership in the Bay Area
Arts Ed Collective in Los Angeles
Big Thought in Dallas
Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, in Illinois
The Creative Advantage in Washington
MPS Arts in Minnesota
To find out was is happening in the Marin Arts and Arts Education community:
MARIN ARTS PLANNING
For students who want to share their work and potentially earn prizes and/or scholarships:
ART CONTESTS AND SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITIONS
Youth in Arts is currently hosting “Rising Stars,” the 24th Annual Marin County High School Art Show at our gallery at 917 Street in downtown San Rafael. The opening reception for artists and their families on Sunday, March 8, attracted over one hundred young artists and gallery visitors.
Check out photos from the March 8 opening reception here!
Speaking to the assembled crowd of teens and their families, Youth in Arts Executive Director Miko Lee expressed her gratitude to all the exhibiting students. “Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us,” Lee said. “You inspire us all with your creativity.”
Lee presented students with awards and honorable mentions selected by a panel of local arts professionals, Kay Carlson, Jay Daniels and Katie Rice Jones, from among over 150 student works selected by Marin art teachers at 16 schools to represent their programs.
The Best of Show award went to Ben Lyons, a student at Marin Academy in San Rafael, for his work “Industrial Revolution,” a high-concept ceramic tea set. Two other Marin Academy students also received major awards: Melanie Blue for Best Drawing and Seiichiro Nakai for Best Decorative Arts. Other major award-winners were Jenna Tooley of San Marin High School (Best Painting); Sophia Schwartz-Cutler of Marin School of the Arts (Best Sculpture); Abby Tarantino of Marin Catholic (Best Photo); Hagen Wehde from Redwood High School (Best Altered Image); and Cali Hetfield from The Marin School (Best Mixed Media).
Thirty additional students received Merit Awards, Honorable Mentions or Juror or Sponsor Awards. A full-list of winners is included below
The exhibit will be open to the public through March 27, with regular hours Monday-Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. “Rising Stars” is sponsored by Perry’s Art Supplies & Framing in San Anselmo, the San Anselmo Arts Commission, Marin Open Studios, Uchiwa Ramen and Il Davide Restaurant in San Rafael.
Best of Show – Industrial Revolution – Ben Lyons – Marin Academy
Best Painting – Introspection – Jenna Tooley – San Marin HS
Best Drawing – Self Portrait – Melanie Blue – Marin Academy
Best Decorative Arts – Tee Time – Seiichiro Nakai – Marin Academy
Best Sculpture – Treasurer – Sophia Schwartz-Cutler – Marin School of the Arts
Best Photo – Best Friends – Abby Tarantino – Marin Catholic
Best Altered Image – Untitled – Hagen Wehde – Redwood HS
Best Mixed Media – Untitled – Cali Hetfield – The Marin School
Reflective Objects – Raissa Boysen – Marin School of the Arts
Awe – Tara Henry – Marin Catholic
Birds in a Tree – TeamWorks Art Mentoring Program (Treyvonn, Mario, Adam, Angela, Javier, Oliver, Alyssa) – Loma Alta School
Flying Buttresses – Gabriel Hamilton – Sir Francis Drake HS
Chained For Five Rupees – Leigh Pomerantz – Marin Academy
Geometry in Color – Kasha LaRoche – Sir Francis Drake HS
Hobo Botanical Garden – Emily Villavicencio – San Rafael HS
Pour – Max Sigerman – The Branson School
Raven Inkwood – Yezi Li – San Marin HS
Self Portrait – Ciara Post – Marin Academy
Toadstool – Olivia Harvell – San Domenico School
Untitled – Tara Sola – San Domenico School
Untitled – Holly Parkin – Tamalpais HS
Children of the Moon – Alia Anderson May – Marin Catholic
Distortion – Dominic DiPaola – San Andreas HS
Drakes Beach – Andres Gomez – Tomales HS
Husky – Caeli Gallagher – San Rafael HS
Jean Jacket – Anna Taylor – Sir Francis Drake HS
Learning Equals Education – TeamWorks Art Mentoring Program
Light at the End of the Tunnel – Zoe Carrell
Mel Goes Bananas – Kate Claman – Marin Academy
Porcelain Head – John Iwaszewicz – Oak Hill School
Painting Silver Lining – Blake Patterson – The Branson School
Self-Portrait – Willow Jones – The Marin School
Untitled – Merryta Liu – San Domenico School
Untitled – Angela Chen – San Domenico School
Young Sanity – Alondra Vazquez – Terra Linda HS
Black Cat Prizes
Digital Art – Makai: Towards the Sea – Jana Viets – Marin Catholic
Manipulated photography – Untitled – Hagen Wehde – Redwood HS
Unmanipulated Photography – Untitled – Olivia Runnfeldt – Redwood HS
Untitled – Anna-Sofie Whalen – Tamalpais HS
Wings to Fly – TeamWorks Art Mentoring Program – Loma Alta
Loma Alta School/TeamWorks Art Mentoring: Teacher Katya McCulloch
Treyvonn, Mario, Adam, Angela, Javier, Oliver, Alyssa
Marin Academy: Teacher Anne Maurice, Katharine Boyd & Jenny Rosenberg
Seiichiro Nakai, Melanie Blue, Ben Lyons, Kate Claman, Ciara Post, Leigh Pomerantz, Rebecca Strull, Erika Page, Luke Raddue, Anjali Bodony, Lindsay Levine
Marin Catholic: Teachers Laurie Reemsnyder & Mark Jaeger
Abby Tarantino, Jana Viets, Alia Anderson May, Tara Henry, Juliette Hvistendahl, Meghan Rooney, Jack Burnham, Kristen Rolstad, Dino Kalfos
Marin School of the Arts: Teachers Sabrina Kalleen & Mary Grehan
Sophia Schwartz-Cutler, Raissa Boysen, Ciel Pierlot, Jensen Neff, Emely Lemus
Oak Hill School: Teachers Michelle Barbera & Sophie Cooper
John Iwaszewicz, Hannah Sherwood, Ben Willbrand, Ryan Heller, Harrison Mahler, Megan Busby, Luke Meng, Matthew Seiberling, Braden O’Connell, Strider Barker, Katie Tysinger
Redwood High School: Teachers Susanne Maxwell & Karen Meadows
Hagen Wehde, Olivia Runnfeldt, Kenzie Johnson, Megan Wilford, Ryan Stiles, Haley Turner, Bridget Wait
San Andreas High School: Teacher Gray Douglas
Dominic DiPaola, Patrick Cook, Meryl Fe Klein, Altimont Bolton, Samantha McEvoy
San Domenico School: Teachers Logan Wood, Jill Hoefgen & Carina Ybarra
Merryta Liu, Angela Chen, Tara Sola, Olivia Harvell, Erika Johnson, Bella Gosman, Kathryn Volovski, Ellen Zhu, Vicky Lin, Camille Ayanruoh, Mia Ma, Moment Li
San Marin High School: Teachers Mariah Fisher & Denise Mozzetti
Jenna Tooley, Yezi Li, Olivia Lamont, Liam Gavin, Lauren Frank, Yezi Li
San Rafael High School: Teachers Johanna Herrera & Trenton Smith
Zoe Carrell, Caeli Gallagher, Emily Villavicencio, Roxana Velasquez, Daylor Giron, Kailey Brown, Marissa Mullins, Duriel Meisner, Sonia Sondheim, Kien Lam, Brenda Arellano, Julia Jackson-Clark
Sir Francis Drake High School: Teachers Martha Cederstrom & Beth Cederstrom
Anna Taylor, Gabriel Hamilton, Kasha LaRoche, Ashmoore, Sarah McAmis, Michael Kest, Matt Richman, Annika Williams
Tamalpais High School: Teachers Zach Gilmour, Lisa Ouse Hicks & Mary Krawczyk
Holly Parkin, Scarlett Costello, Anna-Sofie Whalen, Natanya Glatt, Ryan Turner, Jordan Sherman, Anna Baldwin, Hannah Saltonstall, Jessica Hudson, Izzy Parlamis, Nicole Cochary, Genevieve Tremblay
Terra Linda High School: Teachers Katy Bernheim, Elizabeth Galbreath & Allison Oropallo
Alondra Vazquez, Cielo de la Rosa, Marcus Perkins, Daniel Swanson, Brisia Reales, Annabelle Vinokur, Tifani Sosa, Majken Hanson, Taren Bouwman, Jasmin Salgado, Chris Perani
The Branson School: Teachers Eric Oldmixon & Allyson Seal
Blake Patterson, Max Sigerman, Zoe Moynihan, Grace Roberts Burbank, Frankie Gerraty, Sam Reinertsen, Megan Gillfillan, Bix Hirigoyen, Sophie Rosenbaum-Jones, Jack Verhille, Hunt Wyman
The Marin School: Teacher Alison Murray
Cali Hetfield, Willow Jones, KC Seligman, Moiya Morgan, Jeffrey Kolthoff, Michelle Chan, Crash DesRosiers, Tess Hecht, Cali Hetfield, Jacob Weber
Tomales High School: Teacher Rachel Somerville
Andres Gomez, Clara Wright, Mario Passantino, Abrielle Spaletta, Ashley Weir, Litia Bowater
Tommy Neville is a student at The Bay School in San Francisco, but he lives here in San Rafael. On April 6, Neville produced a concert to benefit Youth in Arts at the San Rafael Elks Club, raising $1700 for programs for PreK-12 students in the community. The event featured performances by Neville’s alternative rock band I.O.M., along with local teen singer/songwriter Caroline Sky and Youth in Arts `Til Dawn a cappella.
On a beautiful afternoon outdoors in the Elks Club Magnolia Gardens, all these talented young musicians provided inspiring sets of original music and covers of favorite pop and rock tunes. Refreshments were provided by Sol Food and Forks & Fingers. Bank of Marin helped to sponsor the event, along with Whiskeytree, Inc. and Chesterfield Management.
The concert was a senior project for Neville, who will attend the University of Exeter in England, studying law next year. However, the cause is also near to his heart, as a musician himself. He explained, “There is something special in benefitting kids art programs through the use of artistic methods. I like to think of it as some form of proof that the arts matter.”
Youth in Arts would like to thank Tommy Neville for all his work in producing this event, which will benefit a great many local children receiving music, dance, theater and visual arts programs.
We are also grateful to all the event sponsors and especially to the young performers who made this event a success:
I.O.M. is a newly formed band that has just released its first album, entitled Castletown. You can catch them at Hopmonk in Novato on May 14 and look for them on Facebook soon.
Caroline Sky is a 13 year-old singer/songwriter with a beautiful voice and unique style. Find out more about Caroline and her music at facebook.com/carolineskymusic
`Til Dawn a cappella is Youth in Arts’ award-winning ensemble for high school singers passionate about making and sharing music. Auditions coming up May 5! Come see what it’s all about…or click here for more general information about `Til Dawn.
Please join us on Tuesday March 11 at 6pm as `Til Dawn sings in the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of Sterling Bank in downtown San Rafael.
San Rafael Branch
1104 4th Street
6pm `Til Dawn Sings
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“Arts Unite Us” (previously VSA) provides opportunities for students with special needs and different learning styles to share their creative voices and bring people of all abilities together through the arts. Programs include tailored residencies in special education classrooms culminating in “sharing sessions” for peers and family, integrated residencies that engage special education and general education students in collaborative projects.
Youth in Arts has a long commitment to providing arts learning opportunities for youth of all abilities. For decades we have been the only consistent arts provider in Marin County’s Special Day Classrooms (SDCs), and in 1981 we became an affiliate of VSA, an international, nonprofit organization founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. Presently we receive a contract from the Kennedy Center to provide for some of our programming.
We created the “Arts Unite Us” initiative in 2008, specifically to address the isolation that we saw many of our students with special needs and their families experiencing in school. In 2013 we decided to bring all of our programs for individuals of different abilities under the “Arts Unite Us” name, to celebrate how the arts provide and accessible way for children to share their creative voices. So many times in these programs, we have seen children who do not speak express themselves through song or through visual art. And in our integrated residencies where youth with and without disabilities work side by side, we see not only creative collaborations develop, but true friendships.
YIA Mentor Artists who teach in “Arts Unite Us” programs are highly skilled at adapting programs for differed ability levels, as well as behavioral or emotional challenges. Residencies can address many IEP goals including Fine/Gross Motor Skills, Verbal Skills, Language Development, Visual-Spatial Awareness, Social Skills, Concept Development and Adaptive Behavior.
We know art has the power to engage, excite, and inspire students of all abilities. Whether it is the visual arts, theater, dance, music, or new media, creative exploration has been known to help students reach learning and behavioral objectives in productive and innovative ways. But with hundreds of lesson plans available online and no way to match them up to your student’s needs, it can be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for – which is where the ARTS Bank comes in. The ARTS Bank is an online, searchable database for educators, administrators, parents, and students to use to achieve their personal goals. This bank will help harness the potential the visual and performing arts can have on the educational outcomes of all students.
Know of an arts-based activity, project, warm-up, or lesson plan that successfully reaches learners with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities? Educators and artists are invited to add to the bank with our easy on-line form below. Check back here and sign up for our email list for updates. To add your own activity. Please go here.
For more information on bringing visual or performing arts to your special education classrooms or creating a truly integrated program for your students, email Kelsey Rieger or call 415-457-4878 ext. 120.