I am happy to unveil the creation of RSU #22’s program for identified visually artistic students. This has been a labor of love as I hold a BFA in photographic illustration and the arts have always been a passion of mine.
The Spring of 2015 rolled out the beginning of our programming for the RSU #22’s Student Resident Artists. This group of students were offered exposure to a multitude of art mediums and local area artists. The monthly workshops highlighted a different local artist whom the students studied directly with during the workshop. Students heard the journey each artist took, the education they acquired, viewed the artist’s work, learn about their technique, and then best of all…participated in creating art with the monthly artist.
During the Fall of 2015, the scope of this has been widened to include all areas of the visual and performing arts; arts, music, theatre, and dance. The application is due January 4, 2016 and students will participate in monthly workshops in their identified talent area. The goal of these workshops is to provide connections to professionals and peers that hold similar talents.
RSU #22 is committed to supporting schools in the delivery of quality and effective PreK-12 visual and performing arts instruction. Research shows that students involved in the visual and performing arts are more successful in school, more involved in their communities and perform better on standardized tests. Engagement in the visual and performing arts deepens students’ overall knowledge as well as their social and emotional development.
I look forward to providing opportunities that will help enrich the visual and performing arts palette and exposure of the field’s landscape to the RSU #22 student body!
– Dr. Lyons