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What Do I Really Want My Students to Learn?

During the last week in June I took a Collaborative Curriculum Design class through Alameda County’s Alliance for Arts Leadership. The instructor was Trena Noval, a digital media artist and arts education professor at California College of the Arts. The attached image is from my maps- and journeys-themed process journal, which is a starting point for my upcoming fourth-grade curriculum.

After a year of teaching, I find being a student a rewarding and comforting experience. I have become fully aware of my own cravings for structure, community, and discussion. As a part of the class Trena asked us to write reflections and develop personal and professional learning goals. This task feels HUGELY empowering and reminds me of the importance of my own reflection.
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Global Stage Friday

Quick video from Friday, July 2, at Youth in Arts Global stage at the Marin County Fair. Chaskinakuy brought their museum-quality collection of regional instruments from the high mountain regions of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, northern Chile and Argentina, Suzanne Joyal demonstrated the art of Italian Street Painting and Samuka de Bahia closed out the night with samba, bossa nova and capoeira. All these artists are available through Youth in Arts for Assembly Performances and Artists in Schools residencies.

The Global Stage also featured Native American flautist Albert Tenaya and the Filipino-Americans of Marin. Throughout the Fair, Youth in Arts is welcoming professional and community artists from throughout Marin who will share their art and traditions. Stop by and visit 1:30-8:15 through Monday, July 5. For a schedule, click here

Come Visit the Global Stage at the Marin County Fair

Youth in Arts is hosting the Global Stage at the Marin County Fair from July 1-5, presenting 25 different performances and cultural presentations.

On Thursday, July 1, we kicked things off with Ballet Folklorico Netzahualcoyotl, followed by Native American dance by Eddie Madril and company, a bilingual spoken English and ASL storytelling presentation by Jalena Lee and Pat Sirianni, our own `Til Dawn youth a cappella, and African drumming and dance by Ken Doumbia and Jija.

Check out a few quick highlights:

Stop by the Global Stage from 1:30-8:30 as the Fair continues. A schedule of featured performers for each day is here. For tickets and all the information you need to enjoy the Fair, visit the 2010 Marin County Fair site.

Youth in Arts at the Marin County Fair

Youth in Arts Day at the Marin County Fair on July 1 featured hands-on arts activities for kids and performances on two stages, all by Youth in Arts Mentor Artists who also teach in our programs during the school year.

Mentor Artists Ascha Drake and Evan Bissell and Artists in Schools Director Suzanne Joyal manned hands-on arts activity stations, helping children create duct tape wallets, jewelry and other original creations, along with whimsical model vehicles and musical instruments from recycled materials, including bottlecaps and postcards.

Meanwhile, Mentor Artist Brooke Toczylowski worked throughout the day with kids visiting the Fair to paint and decorate a giant collaborative world map.

On the Ben & Jerry’s Stage, audiences enjoyed sets from Youth in Arts Mentor Artists Bronkar Lee (Beatboxing/Percussion/Circus Arts), Netza Vidal (Mexican Ballet Folklorico), Ken Doumbia (African Drumming and Dance) and Eddie Madril (Native American Dance) and their respective companies, as well as Youth in Arts own teen a cappella troupe `Til Dawn. Performers also offered longer, more interactive/instructive presentations in the new intimate Global Stage space inside the Exhibition Hall.

Youth in Arts continues to present performances on the Global Stage throughout the Fair, with 25 different companies from all parts of the world featured. Come visit us and travel Around the World with Youth in Arts!

Photos above by Joy Phoenix