ART IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROGRAM:
With the goal of providing cultural enrichment for the Edmond community, Edmond Fine Arts looks upon art as a part of a well-rounded education.
This innovative program allows FAI teachers to reach 2500 3rd & 4th graders each week with hands-on art instruction at eight elementary schools. With the inclusion of art in these students overall test scores have improved.
Research has shown that children, who can express themselves artistically, will dramatically improve their skills of observation and retention along with their overall performance. Art in the Schools introduces art education that connects the students' current curriculum with visual arts. Projects are designed to allow children to see their subject from a different viewpoint, to expand the ways in which they absorb information and express their understanding of their education in a vibrant way.
Children in 3rd and 4th grades at the following elementary schools are benefiting from this partnership.
- Ida Freeman
- Orvis Risner
- Northern Hills
- Will Rogers
- Charles Haskell
- John Ross
- Angie Debo
The Art in Schools program is made possible by public and private funding
City of Edmond Juvenile Court:
"Your Creative Side", a class for teens going through the Edmond Juvenile Court system using art as a positive and educational way to complete community service. Classes are weekly and include hands-on art experiences taught by FAI professional artists.
The Edmond Fine Arts Institutes art therapist works with foster children each week at Peppers Ranch foster care facility, using art as means of self-expression. As a form of psychotherapy, art therapy often involves both the creation of art and the discovery of its meaning. Individuals are encouraged to visualize, and then create, the thoughts and emotions that they cannot talk about.
A weekly art program for adults 18 and older with special needs and can work independently. Each week students explore their imagination, work on creative challenges, and make new friends. An art activity is provided or studio time for adults to like to work on their own project with guidance for a professional instructor.
"Coffee & Creativity" is a partnership with the Alzheimer's Association designed for people with early to middles stages of dementia helping them connect with memories through the creation of original artwork. This program, under the guidance of an art therapist, offers individuals a means of self-expression through the process of painting and drawing. People with diminished verbal and organizational skills can communicate using a variety of art mediums to recreate a memory or an idea on paper and canvas.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal brain disorder. More than 74,000 Oklahomans now have Alzheimer’s and that number is increasing in epidemic proportions. Art offers a new pathway to old information.
Men and women who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or dementia are eligible for this free program. Previous painting a drawing experience is not necessary but monthly registration is required.
YEAR-ROUND ART CLASSES:
Daily educational art classes including: Drawing, painting, ceramics, theatre, jewelry design, preschool classes, home school art, and more for children and adults. Donations ensure that children recommended by teachers, counselors, or on free and reduced lunch in the schools, will receive the benefits of educational arts programing.
EDMOND YOUTH CHORUS:
The Edmond Youth Chorus is an auditioned, honor chorus for boys & girls in the 4th to 8th grades in the fall. Director, Leah McDonald, "I do my best to share with chorus members a lifelong love of music. Music and art enhance self-esteem, self-awareness and foster understanding between cultures."
Chorus Members receive vocal instruction and learn a wide range of selected music such as contemporary, sacred, folk, patriotic, seasonal, and classical. New ideas and music are presented each year. Many children audition and remain in the chorus for four years.
- The chorus instills in its members' the necessary tools to excel in the vocal music arena
- Past performances include singing the National Anthem at the Oklahoma City Thunder game, Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, City of Edmond Christmas Tree Lighting, combined concerts with the Canterbury Youth Chorus, Governor's Christmas Tree Lighting and much more
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