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BHESA visited by members of President's Committee on Arts and Humanities

Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, an advisory committee to the White House on cultural policy, visited BHESA on February 10, 2011. Ms. Goslins is preparing a document on the state of the arts in our schools which will be presented to President Obama. As part of her research, she chose to visit arts integrated (A+) schools. Candace Katz, Deputy Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Vice Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, joined Ms. Goslins on the tour.

Michelle Burrows, A+ Schools Program Director for NC, Vicki Vitiello, Senior Program Director for Arts Participation and Learning NC Arts Council, and Christie Ebert, NC DPI Arts Education and A+ Liason for NC, also participated in the site visit.

Other guests included Kim Norwood (Union Symphony), Beth Joy Fowler (Strings’ instructor), Lynda Lotich (Kenan Foundation NCSOA), Rebecca Nausbaum (Open Dream Ensemble), Kathy Rorie (Professional artist), Dr. David Clarke (Deputy Superintendent), and Dr. Mike Webb (Facilities Superintendent).

The guests were welcomed with a music and dance performance of “Funga Alafia”, which is a welcome song from West Africa. Students performed through dance, song, and with the use of Orff and percussion instruments. Following the student presentation, Mr. Harvey briefed the committee on the history of our school as well as shared key components of the role of the arts in our school. Staff members and students participated in an open discussion with the committee. The committee engaged in active dialog with our community based arts’ partners.

Following discussions the guests were given a tour of classrooms and arts’ classrooms.

Ms. Goslins said that she has visited hundreds of schools in the United States, and that she was impressed by the fact that all stakeholders of Union County schools and community partners are working together for the success of all students.
 

Written by: Syble Isbister
Posted: Feb 10, 2011 by Syble Isbister

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