SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2010

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at lo g y b .com t m om ou o ck r t s r e C h o o la sc h Editor's Letter When the earthquake hit Haiti last January, my immediate concern was for its people, especially for its artists. I have long been engrossed in Haitian art, known around the world for its distinctive paintings, iron metalwork, and sequined flags. My interest grew from my work on an exhibition teacher guide and a commercial curriculum package about Haitian art and culture some time ago, and from my school's recent involvement in the Global Crutch Project (www.globalartinitiative.org/projects/crutchproject.html). With the earthquake, an already difficult situation for Haitian artists became even more disastrous as crushing injuries disabled so many other people. Nancy with Samantha Melvin and Laurie Berg, founders of the Global We doubled our efforts to colCrutch Project, when Nancy delivered crutches decorated by her students. lect crutches and walkers and to decorate as many as we could. Everyone seemed to understand our efforts (Who stand and accept that art can best express conwouldn't prefer a decorated crutch over a plain cerns for other people. And lest you think one one?), and the people of Haiti became real to my person cannot make a difference, take note of students, who felt that they could make a differall the projects detailed in this issue that are the ence. They experienced compassion. result of one or two people beginning with just an idea and determination. You and your stuCompassion is an aspect of Caring, one of dents can make a difference! the "Six Pillars of Character" in Character Counts! ®, a character education program my With this issue, we are delighted to introduce school uses that is centered on basic ethical a number of new features, especially an innovavalues that are not religious, political, or culturtive approach to our pull-out resource, Looking ally biased. The six pillars are trustworthiness, and Learning. Looking and Learning now fearespect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and tures many images by a variety of artists, and citizenship. Every six weeks my entire school explores "big" or "enduring" ideas expressed focuses on one of these, with readings shared through contemporary art and art from other daily by students on the morning announcetimes and places. ments in both English and Spanish. The pillar of caring—being kind, and helping people in need We also welcome new columns by contribut—was expressed through our crutches. ing editors Theresa McGee (Tech4ArtEd), Martin Rayala (Design Thinking), and Pam Stephens I continue to be amazed and thankful that (Art Teacher's Round Table). And, we welcome just about everyone seems to intuitively underyou back to school! Follow me on schoolartsonline.com 3

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