Our Fall residency this year was a spectacular success. Over the course of ten days, all children pre-k through grade 5 participated fully in learning specific and lively dances from West Africa. Jeh Kulu drummers and dancers worked so hard to bring their culutural experiences to the whole IAA family. The Thursday night performance was an absolute stunning experience filled with joy and rhythm. The IAA is particularly lucky to have the support of the Vermont Arts Council – which funds our fall residencies- they are an organization who understands the power of the arts in education. Art – Ask For More!
Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year!
How exciting to begin year three of the Integrated Arts Academy, Burlington and Vermont’s only magnet school dedicated to learning through the arts. This year we are quite fortunate to have two artist residencies- singer/songwriter, Jon Gailmor (generously funded by a beloved friend of IAA) and the Burlington drum and dance group, Jeh Kulu (with funding from the Vermont Arts Council.) Each of these artist residencies will be here working with our entire school pre-K through grade 5. Jeh Kulu will be here in November and Jon Gailmor will be here in May.
We also have an assortment of performances that our students will be attending at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Students attending the IAA are fortunate to attend three matinees each year. Some of this years highlights are: Henry & Mudge, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Golden Dragon Acrobats, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Imaginocean, and the Spirit of Uganda. You will hear more details pertaining to these performances through your child’s classroom teacher.
Additionally, this year we have twelve classroom teachers participating in Words Come Alive! the Flynn’s signature professional development program based on research substantiating the vital importance of the performing arts in learning. For the past three years classroom teachers have worked in close collaboration with Flynn teaching artists to develop drama and movement techniques that address curricular goals while strengthening students’ expressive skills. This professional development comes to us in part through funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.
These are just a few dramatic examples of how the arts are a vital part of the I.A.A. On a more subtle and everyday level, classroom teachers collaborate with the music, visual art, PE/movement teachers and the arts coach to integrate all of the arts into the classroom curriculum.
So, welcome to a brand new and exciting year at IAA.