Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Racial Equity Collage Installed in the Media Center

Have you seen the walls of the Media Center lately?



They are COVERED in colorful student art reflecting students' Racial Equity work, guided in their artistic endeavors by TAPAS artist Ginger Huebner.

After learning about culture and community in their classrooms and exploring their own cultures and community ...



... students created collages that reflect how they see themselves ...


... then worked in teams to put their collage selves into contact with other collage individuals ...



... and, finally, turned those groups into a community.
Ms. Huebner put these scenes together and installed a bright, beautiful celebration of the Claxton community in its embrace of all our students' many cultures, identities, and relationships.


The Racial Equity Collage is a stunning addition to the Media Center and an important reminder of the hard work students, faculty, and staff have put into moving toward racial equity at Claxton—and the work they continue to do every single day.



Our deepest thanks to Ms. Huebner, who went above and beyond in bringing the children's work from their minds to paper to the walls of the Media Center, and to the Asheville City Schools Foundation for providing the funds for this important project through its TAPAS Legacy Grant program. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Bricks Are Here!

What bricks, you may say?

Yes, it's been a long time coming, but the first set of donor engraved bricks supporting the Claxton Art Garden are ready for installation!




The work order is in, and we are just awaiting the day when ACS Maintenance installs these by the front of the school leading into the Art Garden.

Thanks to all who contributed! The money goes directly to supporting our Art Garden and the arts integration projects our teachers continue to provide for Claxton students.

Interested in having your own brick become part of the Claxton Art Garden? Just head here to get started.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wonder Why Arts Integration Is So Important?

Why are we so very lucky that Claxton is an A+ School of the Arts? What does arts integration do for our children? Why is it more important than ever that we champion the arts in the face of school budget cuts?

Take a few minutes to watch this terrific video that explains it all: