In School Programs
MAC is very excited to partner with Mono County Office of Education to provide regular, sequential arts programs to students at the Jan Work Community School. The central focus of the Art Acts program is the development of personal artistic style through the exploration of various arts. The program is currently focusing on music by learning Ukulele and visual arts by learning a variety of art mediums. The goal of the program is to provide students with these basic artistic skills to give them a foundation they can use for future careers in the arts, or at a minimum, creative thinking skills to use in all aspects of life.
Create with the Greats
MAC has been facilitating the Meet the Masters program in every Mono County elementary school for over 10 years. Master artists such as Kahlo, and Van Gogh are taught to students with both an art history and art project based on the artists’ work. Starting in 2018, we began developing our own program similar to Meet the Masters called Create with the Greats. The focus of our curriculum aims to include more Native American and Latinx artists in the program, such as Diego Rivera, as well as components of social emotional learning. We are grateful to our local partner, MCOE, for funding this program. Currently, there are no art teachers in any Mono County elementary school. The only way grade school children receive art instruction and art history is through MAC and our programs like Create with the Greats.
Students will learn the evolution of dance through the ages. Emphasis will be on learning movement. Each lesson will be tied in with the historical background of the dance origin.
MAC Music Program
The students in the Eastern Sierra Unified School District (ESUSD) currently do not have any regular in-school music instruction. Through fundraising efforts, MAC is currently developing a sequential, standards-based music program that will be provided to every ESUSD student from Kindergarten-8th grade. They will also be learning about music from cultures around the world, including Latino and Native American cultures. This will give students from those cultures a closer connection to their heritage and provide those students from other cultures a greater appreciation and connection to their peers. By having regular music performances open to the parents, the students will also gain awareness of the support of the community beyond their peers and instructors.