It’s Arts in Education Week! What better way to celebrate than with a special, out-of-the-blue endorsement from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was one of 10 independent schools in the state (and a short list of school districts) to be named an Outstanding Visual Arts Community!
Schools and districts receiving this endorsement demonstrated the importance of their visual arts programs during the 2018-2019 school year with:
Rigorous and Inclusive Programs: Arts programs demonstrated rigor using standards-based curriculum taught at every level by highly qualified and certified arts educators.
Highly Accessible Programs: Art programs were offered to all students at every level of education with a sustainable budget for the visual arts.
Highly Visible Programs: Schools and districts identified their programmatic accomplishments, curriculum for all levels, art staff, mission statements, and arts events using their school websites and social media.
At SCH, the heart of the visual arts program is the making of art, which allows students to be artists and experience the frustrations, risks, and joys of the creative process.
A hearty SCHout out to the school’s visual arts educators—Karen Kolkka, Ishaq Deis, Judy Callas, Colleen Joy, Roo-Mei Jackson, Pete Capano, Bridget Farnack, Dan Brewer, and Juliet Fajardo. They inspire our young artists to make discoveries, achieve something original, and experience pride of ownership.
And wIth their oversight, our walls come alive all year long!