Launched just four years ago, IS183's Learning Through Arts program is a K-12 after-school curriculum which reinforces academic curriculum goals through sustained engagement in art-making. Taught by IS183 faculty artists trained in both studio arts and education, LTA offers young people the tools to use the visual arts to better perceive, understand and shape the world around them.
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Over the course of three eight-week semesters during the school year, LTA introduces students in grades K-12 to a wide range of media, materials and techniques, encouraging them to explore their creativity and self-expression through the completion of informed, theme- and curricula-based, yet independent art work. In this process, kids are being empowered to acquire new skills for increased academic success, including expanded ability for problem solving and critical thinking; increased confidence through guided risk-taking; and more active engagement in community-making through critique and mentoring.
Currently serving 200 children per week during the school year, IS183 plans to expand to reach 500 students per week in 2012. The Art School hopes to one day be in every school in Berkshire County, offering Learning Through Arts to young people in all of our public schools.
For making this kind of transformation possible in our community, we thank all of our LTA contributors and catalysts, for their imaginative and visionary support and participation, including:
Foundation & Business Donors
Berkshire Bank Foundation
Berkshire Heavy Haulers
Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America
Great Barrington Cultural Council,br>
High Meadow Foundation
Lenox Cultural Council
Morningside Advisory Council
Pittsfield Cultural Council
Price Chopper's Golub Foundation
Stockbridge Cultural Council
West Stockbridge Cultural Council
Faculty, Administrators & Key Volunteers
Special Thanks To:
The Ferrin Gallery
Office of Cultural Development, City of Pittsfield