There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
On Wednesday, May 9th, the staff at the Integrated Arts Academy had a full day retreat at Shelburne Farms. This was a day dedicated to building a collaborative community, experiencing the arts, reinforcing our beliefs about education, and fostering respect. It was an idyllic location, the coach barn is beyond beautiful and rich with a historic aesthetic, and we had it to ourselves. It was a wonderful inspiring home for the day. This opportunity was gifted to the IAA from the local chapter of The United Way of Chittenden County. The United Way is an organization that supports community and improves lives by creating opportunities for all. One area it focuses on is education. The IAA is grateful for their generosity.
We had amazing people to work with that day – four passionate, talented, brilliant artists to inspire us: visual artist, Bonnie Acker; singer & songwriter, Jon Gailmor; theater instructor and play expert extraordinaire, Robin Fawcett; and movement artist and dance educator; Lida Winfield. With their guidance, the IAA educational community created. We worked together creatively in these four art domains. We made a collaborative and colorful collage inspired by our ten beliefs to hang in our building. We also wrote and sang a song with Jon Gailmor that exemplifies our welcoming attitude here at school. With Lida and Robin we used movement and drama to reinforce our commitment to the importance of safety within a community, especially a learning community devoted to the education of all of our students. And we unanimously agreed upon our ten belief statements about education.
Here are some photo’s from the day. Just take a look at our teachers and staff – what a fantastic learning community!