Through lesson plans created with FAPE’s Collection and made possible by Crayola’s Champion Creatively Alive Children’s Grant, fifth grade students at the Dana Elementary School in Hendersonville, North Carolina, have been exploring the culture and heritage of the Gee’s Bend Community. Through this grant, the students in Hendersonville analyzed a wide array of topics such as geography, international recognition, and civil rights through a creative lens.
Principle Kelly Schofield of Dana Elementary School commented, “Art integration is the root of everything we do. It enables children to connect what they’re learning in math, social studies, and science. Translating all that into a robust curriculum integrated with fine arts enables students to convey meaning visually and connect their ideas with the societal and cultural context that deepens their understanding.”
By using art from FAPE’s Collection, and after hearing personal accounts of the trials and tribulations the community went through, students at Dana Elementary School began to feel a connection to the history and heritage of the Gee’s Bend quilters. When they learned that Louisiana Bendolph, a renowned Gee’s Bend artist, would be coming to speak with them, they were enthralled. The students were inspired by pieces from FAPE’s Original Print Collection, and explored topics that related to their lives in order to create “quilts” that represent what is important to them.
For more information about the Champion Creatively Alive Children’s Grants, please visit Crayola’s website.