2010-10-28 / Local & State

Forbes Road First Artist Residency In Fulton County


Fred Callahan, chair of the board of the Cultural Alliance of York County, announced that Fulton County is now a part of stARTSomething’s arts in education program, effective immediately. stARTSomething, the regional the Arts in Education partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and the Cultural Alliance, will continue to serve its original communities in Adams, Franklin, and York Counties as well as Fulton.

The Arts in Education Partnership is designed to make a significant impact on the arts and education by expanding the role and uses of the arts in the classroom – especially through Artist Residencies. stARTSomething places the highest quality professional artists into schools and community organizations across the now- four-county region. Artists collaborate with teachers to teach core curriculum.

The first Artist Residency in Fulton County will be hosted by Forbes Road Junior High. Folk musicians, The Barnstormers, will spend 10 days with students. Lisa Black, art teacher, and Ryan Wade, music teacher, are coordinating the experience.

“We know people learn differently,” reported Callahan. “But we also know that there’s a lot of proof out there showing that students exposed to the arts perform better than those students who don’t participate in the arts. We know participation in the arts increases kids’ self esteem and creativity, improves their problem-solving abilities, energizes schools, and improves students’ overall participation in classroom and schoolbased activities.” In fact, students of the arts continue to perform better than their non-arts peers on the SATs.

Since its inception, the Cultural Alliance of York County has supported and been a vocal advocate for the arts. The now-expanded Arts in Education program directly influences the arts and student learning.

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