MARQUETTE — The “Artist in Residence” project provides creative dance, music, storytelling learning experiences to 4 classes of students who are educated in Marquette-Alger RESA classrooms in Marquette County.
This program was awarded a grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). This is a center-based Transition program for students aged 18-26 years of age.
Students in these classrooms have been identified with mild cognitive impairments, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, and other health impairments.
Each class will participate in a minimum of 20 hours of dance and 20 hours of music and/or story making. Professional artists from the area will continue teaching their art to the students and connecting the arts with the academic curriculum and Individual Education Plan goals.
“With all of the artists, this will give the students a chance to explore not only creativity but really helps to bond our groups together,” explained Special Education Teacher for MARESA, Dawn Broxholm-pape. “This will allow them the chance to be right all the time, because with the arts there is usually never a right or wrong answer.”
The resident teaching artists will include dancers, musicians and a storyteller, all of these teachers will engage the students in the creative process of their respective arts throughout the scheduled classes.
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