Happy Youth Arts Month! Today we are highlighting collaboration in arts education between a school district and a community organization. The Nogales Unified School District partnered with Ben’s Bells to create murals promoting kindness at two of their school sites. Ben’s Bells is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach individuals and communities about the positive impacts of intentional kindness and to inspire people to practice kindness as a way of life.
Kathy Scott, grants director at Nogales Unified School District commented, “We are promoting the arts and creating a safe school by working with Ben’s Bells to create murals at Lincoln and Welty Elementary Schools. What I like about this is that the project is engaging students, teachers, parents, and community members in something with lasting value.”
Ben’s Bells representative Brittney Fitzgerald works with students Julissa Cruz, Junnybia Cruz, and Miranda Meyers at Lincoln Elementary School.
Students Andrea Quijada, Jake Gonzalez, and Nicolas Coronado from Welty Elementary School use lace to add texture to their pieces of the mural.
The Office of Arts Education is proud to highlight a district using their federal funds to promote social and emotional education through the arts in a way that adds lasting beauty to their school community! Thanks for a great example of what community partnerships can contribute to the arts education at our schools. Happy Youth Arts Month!
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