The Granville Education Foundation has consistently placed great emphasis on enhancing student performance through exposure to the arts. Through the Arts in School Program, GEF provides unique cultural experiences for select grades each year. In 2015-2016 GEF received a Grassroots Arts Grant from the NC Arts Council. With this support, GEF provided almost $30,000 in cultural arts programs to GCPS.
2015-2016 Arts at School programs included:
Provided the 5th grade the opportunity to see the NC Symphony
Sponsored GCPS's Kalidoscope Visual & Musical Arts Shows & Workshops
A Week-long Art Residency Program to each High School- Bringing professional artists into the schools to work with the students in small groups
At J.F. Webb High School & SHLS & Granville Early College, we partnered with Pierce Freelon to bring his residency program “Wordsmith: Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and the New Oral Tradition.” Through creative writing, lyrics analysis, interactive lecture, group discussion and live performances, Mr. Freelon worked with the students to sculpt stories, shape ideas, and melodies through slam poetry about the world around them.
At Granville Central High School, potter, Senora Lynch brought her program “Exploring American Indian Histories and Stories through Clay.” Students learned about the history and culture of North Carolina American Indians, their culture and art, and overcoming stereotypes while making hand coiled pottery.
At South Granville High School, jazz musician, John Brown, and his Quintet performed for the school. In addition to his performance, the group broke the students up into small groups and led a Q&A session about the ensemble, giving a hands-on approach to learning and making music.
Examples of past Arts in School Programs include:
Creating Tile Mosiac Projects
"Poetry Alive" performances
The Kinetix Dance Ensemble Performance
Learning Through Movement Dance Performance
"The Beast" and "The Ugly Duckling" Theatrical Performaces
Stay tuned for updates on this school year's programs! See the pictures below of past projects and performances!