Thursday, October 22, 2015

The NC History Mural Grows

Have you noticed the changes to the NC History mural on the outside of Claxton facing Merrimon?

It now features representatives of the Cherokee people, Cherokee baskets, African face jugs, pirate ships, sea monsters, and more, thanks to the academic and artistic efforts of last spring's fourth graders and the hard work of Mr. Cassara, our Art Specialist, and local muralist extraordinaire, Ian Wilkinson.

Last spring, supported by a TAPAS Legacy grant from Asheville City Schools Foundation, fourth graders used their time in art to paint the images—which represent aspects of North Carolina's cultural history—onto polytab. Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Cassara then affixed each piece to the existing mural. 

The mural is part of the Claxton Children's Art Garden created in spring 2013 using funds from an Innovation Grant from Asheville City Schools Foundation. How extremely lucky we are to have the Foundation and its commitment to arts integration.

Keep your eyes on the mural! Mr. Cassara plans to have fourth graders continue to make contributions until it is no longer a work-in-progress, but a full and complete celebration of North Carolina history and culture.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Congratulations Claxton Recipients of TAPAS Artist-in-Residence Grants!

Two Claxton teachers have just been awarded TAPAS grants from the Asheville City Schools Foundation to support teaching artists in their classrooms—and we couldn't be prouder!

Ms. Gebhard won a grant for her first grade class to work with Leslie Rosenberg, who creates mixed media pieces in paint and wood, on a project entitled "Building a Community." 

Ms. Gebhard's students will work collaboratively to design their own communities, work with Ms. Rosenberg to create three-dimensional cities using small-scale wood buildings and fixtures, then learn to navigate their cities using cardinal directions.

Mr. Butler won a TAPAS grant to have musician and sound engineer Dave Hamilton work with fifth graders to create their own electronic music. Mr. Hamilton is not only a TAPAS artist, but also a regular volunteer with the Bob Moog Foundation and with LEAF. Read more about his volunteer work in this Citizen-Times article.

The Asheville City Schools Foundation has funded many other grants to Claxton faculty this year, including grants to support math learning and robotics and to continue the important work Claxton is doing to move toward racial equity. In total, the Foundation has awarded nearly $14,000 in grant money to Claxton this school year alone.

Please remember to support the Asheville City Schools Foundation and the incredible things they help our teachers bring to our students. And congratulate Ms. Gebhard and Mr. Butler on their grant awards!