Teaching Artist Initiative
Mission and Guiding Educational Goals
Artist Initiative crafts powerful and creative learning experiences for children.
We believe tha our most important learning is relational - motivated by that for which we have love and curiosity. We implement the following learning skills to connect children to their lives right where they live them, so they can come to know themselves as capable contributors to the many communities of which they are a part.
Practicing Persistence and Discipline
Establishing a Community of Discovery
Imagining and Responding
Exercising Thinking Skills
Fostering Wonder, Joy, and Satisfaction
Encouraging Sensory and Emotional Absorbtion
Taking Purposeful Risks
Teaching Artist in the Schools
As the sole program of its kind in western North Carolina, the Teaching Artist in the Schools program is a model project that integrates the arts into the education and lives of K-12 youth. Penland works in close collaboration with Mitchell County Public School teachers and principals to provide curriculum-integrated arts opportunities to over 500 rurally-based, underserved students in our Appalachian region each year. Assisted by classroom teachers and her teaching artist assistant, Penland's professional teaching artist Meg Peterson instructs 3rd, 4th, and 10th grade students in how to paint, fold, bind, illustrate, and write in handmade journals and books that support specific units of study.
This facet of the Teaching Artist initiative not only teaches students new artistic skills and means of expression; it supports students and their teachers and principals by engaging multiple learning styles, helping fulfill the NC Standard Course of Study, and enriching school culture by promoting confidence and self-esteem among students of all backgrounds.
Moon and Sun Journals
North Carolina Journals
Family Culture Research Project
Dual Enrollment Craft Study Program
Community Collaborations Manager
Teaching Artist Intiative Program Manager
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