Arts In Academics Fund Grants 2005

Inaugural Arts in Academics Projects

Total awarded: $2000
  • Scituate High School, $1,000, toward the establishment of the Scituate Middle/High School Nature Lab, a permanent collection of preserved biological and geological specimens that will be studied by science and art students. Through the project, students in the advanced senior-level biology class will travel with sixth grade art students to collect seaweed samples which later will be preserved with assistance from a local artist/scientist and a naturalist.

  • William R. Dutemple Elementary School, Cranston, $750, toward the design, construction, and installation of a labyrinth of grass and concrete paving stones in the school’s front lawn. While fifth grade students, with the help of a landscape architect, will create the labyrinth, each student in the K-5 school will paint a stone. The project will require students to use mathematics while also integrating social studies through the study of labyrinths in past cultures.

  • North Smithfield Junior/Senior High School, $250, for a trip to the Rhode Island School of Design for students in the French III and IV classes and for the construction of a timeline mural of French history by students in the French IV class. In the proposal, French teacher Linda Milner captures the essence of the Arts in Academics goal: “By integrating art projects with what the students are learning, I have found they are able to develop an emotional attachment to what they are studying. As a result, they care more about what it is they are learning, they become more engaged in the learning process, and they learn more.”