Real World Artists in the Classroom
PVF’s Visiting Artist in the Classroom Grant program offers $500 grants for teachers to invite artists or art historians to visit their classrooms and lead fun, hands-on art projects. This program can include painters, sculptors, wood carvers, weavers, musicians, dancers, and actors, among others.
For the third year, the Alameda Community Learning Center has utilized a Visiting Artist grant to invite Hip Hop for Change to work with their 6th-12th grade students, leading classes on EmCeeing/Rapping, Beat Making, DJ’ing and the history of Hip Hop.
Caroline Stern, a teacher at ACLC reported back that this year, “Ms. MC created a two part lesson where learners created a “beat” by using her drum music machine and the following week created lyrics to accompany the rap. Five classes (three middle school and two high school classes got to work with Ms. MC’s expertise, enthusiasm and experience in teaching and rapping.
At ACLC, I have been collaborating with Philanthropic Ventures since I started teaching in 2016 and have had many artists visit my classroom. Since I partnered with Hip Hop for Change I have been able to offer my middle and high school Art classes multiple years of instruction in the art and forms of Hip Hop which include rap and graffiti as they are most relevant to my curriculum. Thank you for another opportunity to share real world artists in the classroom.”
Made possible with funding by the Geballe Family, this program is working to fill a large need and makes a difference in the number of students who receive inspirational, quality arts education. Interactive workshops from professional artists in the community are motivating to students and increase both student and teacher morale.