Over 200 students and family came together on the evening of October 27 to make visual art and perform a drumming circle together in the Hoopa Valley Elementary School cafeteria This evening of food and art making was made possible because of the Turnaround Arts California program and P.S.ARTS. Three members of NCAIP were on site to lend assistance as well. The photos below tell the story of many generations of families coming together to create and express themselves.
4th grade students from Washington School in Eureka took a field trip to HSU to see an exciting performance by the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Some student reflections include:
"That performance was amazing! My favorite was the competitive dance where all the men were stomping in front of each other. I want to know how their feet aren't always hurting."
"The Mexican music was beautiful and I have never heard it before so thank you very much."
"I loved the candle dance and I wish I could see it again. It made me feel like I can do anything if I believe in myself. Thank you."
"It was cool because I now have seen instruments I have not seen. I didn't know that the dances were so hard."
One of the teachers wrote,
"...they all loved it and felt like they understood something about Mexico now. One thing that struck me is that all of my kids were okay that the music and dance weren't what they usually hear. It was a lesson in tolerance (for me!)"
Sixth grade teacher and accomplished rapper Zach Zigzilla Lehner researched keynote presenter Anna Weltman before writing the lyrics to a rap he performed to introduce her at the California Math Council to the Far North conference. Zach has performed several times for his students and has helped them write raps about literature and social studies. Zach's brother Gabe wrote the music for the rap. Anna is an author, blogger and teacher known for integrating art and creativity with math.