Student Artists’ ‘BIG IDEAS’ On Display

It’s going to be a BIG show—young artists with big dreams and unlimited futures! Latino Arts celebrates the opening of The Big Idea, a special exhibition of artworks created bythird, fourth, sixth, and seventh grade students at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School on Thursday, June 27th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Latino Arts Gallery. The young artists created art as a part of their experiences in ALMA (Avanzando Lectura y Matematicas a través del Arte [Advancing Reading and Math through Art]). ALMA is a research project funded through the U.S. Department of Education under the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program. The United Community Center; Latino Arts, Inc.; and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts partnered in this project with the intention of increasing student achievement in literacy and math through the integration of culturally relevant, standards-based arts into reading, language arts, and math.
“We’re hearing from the students’ math and reading teachers that their comprehension is improved since the ALMA project was implemented,” said Bruce-Guadalupe Middle School Art Teacher Jacobo Lovo. “These kids are learning to take a step back and see the connections between the arts and their academics, and we’re hoping that through this program they’re learning analytical skills that will benefit them—in school and beyond—for the rest of their lives.”
During the last two school years, teachers at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School have collaborated to develop project-based learning experiences for students to experience through ALMA. These culturally relevant arts-integrated units of studies are organized around big ideas that motivate artists, such as community, origins, empathy, journeys, and cultural identity. Several of the displays within The Big Idea include student artwork resulting from study of ideas generated by artists and artworks on display in the Latino Arts Gallery over the last year, including prints, poems, and narrative writings done in conjunction with visiting artist Raoul Deal and his recent exhibit Ni De Aquí Ni De Allá, a collection of woodcut prints that explore the cultural identity of immigrants in Milwaukee.
The opening reception for The Big Idea is onThursday, June 27th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the exhibition will run through August 30th. Exhibitions in the Latino Arts Gallery are open to the public Monday through Fridayfrom 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a suggested donation of $1.

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