Saturday, September 27, 2014

Giving Tree Music Brings Its Drum Circle Back to Claxton

Steve Turner of Giving Tree Music brought his community building drum circle to Claxton on Monday, September 22nd.  This was the third year he has visited, and we feel so fortunate to have a special relationship with him.

Every grade got to participate in a session with him.  Through drum rhythms and dancing activities, Steve taught Claxton students about a wide variety of subjects, including west African drums and language. He even had them drumming-out the names of the American presidents whose faces appear on our currency and the chemical formula for salt water as he gave a geography lesson on oceans. 

Check out how much fun the students are having:

Steve considers his work more as community and team building than music making, but it was certainly musical, and his easy way with the kids, their love of music, and the chance to dance brought smiles, togetherness, and joy.  

Our thanks to the Claxton PTO for sponsoring this event.  We hope his annual visit will remain a tradition here!  To learn more about Giving Tree Music, visit

Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer Escape Keeps the Arts Going over the Summer!

Summer vacation didn't slow down the arts at Claxton!  Summer Escape, held weekly in the Media Center, included read-aloud, crafts, gardening ... and a very special residency with weaving artist Audra Holden.

Building on the Summer Escape Hawaiian theme, Audra worked with Claxton kids to design and create a truly beautiful tapestry on one of our garden looms.

Check out the lava spilling from the volcano!

The loom is visible to the public along Hillside and is another reminder that Claxton is an arts-integration school.  It also shows yet again how Claxton contributes to arts in the community.

Our thanks to the Asheville City Schools Foundation for funding Audra's residency through its wonderful TAPAS program!