Chapman Elementary Spotlight

Photo Credit Jacqueline Stumpf-Peters

Photo Credit Jacqueline Stumpf-Peters

Melissa Friedman and her 5th grade students from Chapman Elementary worked with three Young Audiences artists: Jimmie Woody (theater), Desmond Davis (dance), and Wendy Mahon (visual arts) for an arts integration project. The students (and artists!) all read the same novel, then rewrote a few endings as a class. The students then worked together to perform a new ending with Jimmie, created two survival dances with Desmond, and worked with Wendy to create a mural at a local senior living home.

In our newsletter, we caught up with Ms. Friedman and learned what she thought about the project (all great things!!!).

Now, let’s hear what the artists thought about the experience:

The New Ending in action!Photo credit Jacqueline Stumpf-Peters

The New Ending in action!
Photo credit Jacqueline Stumpf-Peters

“I truly enjoyed my experience at Chapman Elementary. it just shows you how arts and education fused programs makes a difference in the lives of students, educators and administrators. Its gave me great joy to see parents engaged and moved by their children’s performances. Would do it again in a heartbeat!!!!!!”

-Jimmie Woody


The completed mural.
Photo credit Jacqueline Stumpf-Peters

“I was very impressed with how enthusiastic, focused and prepared the students were for their mural project.
They were able to put into visual form the ‘Survival’ topic they were studying and were also open to the artist interpretation of their drawings.  They executed the project with skill and with cooperation among each other and with the residents of the senior center. It was a pleasure working with the students and teachers of Chapman Elementary and with the staff and residents of the Crystal Water Retirement/Assisted Living Center.”
-Wendy Mahon

Thanks to Ms. Friedman’s class and to our three wonderful artists who helped to make this arts integration experience such a success.

Want to schedule your own arts integration experience?
Call Young Audiences today :: 216-561-5005.

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