Chittenango Middle School gets grant for arts

Two Madison County schools have received art$TART arts-in-education grants for school-artist partnerships.

Chittenango was one of the two, which are sharing in a total of $36,000 granted to 17 schools in seven Central New York counties.

According to PAE, 22 schools applied this year.

Administered by Syracuse-based Partners for Arts Education, the grants help students meet New York state learning standards by having teachers partner with local artists or cultural organizations. Together, they use the arts to strengthen classroom learning.

In "Fabric and Folktale," Chittenango seventh-graders will work with textile artist Sharon Bottle Souva and storyteller Vanessa Johnson. Weaving tales and weaving fabrics are both fundamental human activities.

"Fabric and Folktale" combines English language arts and home and careers skills with the disciplines of art and music to help students understand the cultural foundation of textiles and storytelling. Students study folktales in ELA and hear folktales told by a professional storyteller.

They then create their own cultural folktale, create a picture for their folktale and transform their picture into a fabric collage with a textile artist, using both personal and culturally appropriate fabrics.

Finally, students present their folktales and collages, with accompanying music, to elementary school students.

This is the 11th round of art$TART grants, which have distributed more than $230,000 to 130 area schools as matching grants since 2001. The state Council on the Arts provides most of the funding for art$TART.

For more information, visit arts4ed.org.

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