Spindleworks has once again been chosen by Arts Are Elementary to be part of this year’s arts residency in the local elementary schools in Brunswick. From October through January, 4 to 5 Spindleworks artists will visit 10 first grade classrooms (Coffin and St John’s schools) each week to help the students create “Botanical Banners”. The project aligns their learning about the “parts of the plants” curriculum with our celebration of all species next spring at the annual All Species Parade (May 2013).
With our help, each class will trace and cut out fabric to create parts of a flower and then hand-stitch them onto brightly painted banners. When all the banners have been completed (40 in all) they will be strung back to back and side to side completing five rows to be carried in the parade. In April, we will again visit the classrooms to help gear up for participating in the parade.
The work that Arts Are Elementary does is so important. Bringing arts into the schools helps enrich education in all subjects, from literature to science. Furthermore, to bring Spindleworks artists into the classrooms as teachers allows students to learn early on about diversity, and see people with disabilities as artists, helpers, role models. Our artists have asked the participating schools to make sure to include their “special education” students in our projects, making sure the activity is inclusive. Its a win-win-win-win situation, with learning happening on so many levels.