School One has received a $3,000 grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to support its Intergenerational Arts Program.
This grant will be used in conjunction with a $21,000 grant from the Aroha Foundation, to bring together high school students and adults 55+ to explore their creativity, self expression and learn new art forms. A program that is unique to Rhode Island, and nationally, School One’s Intergenerational Arts Program bridges the gap between the generations with art making, performing, sharing and learning.
Jennifer Borman, Head of School, explained why intergenerational programs matter: “There are few opportunities in our society for teens and older adults to work together as peers especially in the arts. Thanks to RISCA we can expand our program this year.”
School One, an independent high school, has long been known for its innovative curriculum, strong sense of community and diverse student body. Over the last few years, School One added to its diversity by including the over 55 crowd. Intergenerational programs include book clubs, history classes and a series of in-depth art classes.
Diana Champa, School One’s Director of Literary Engagement, explains that students in the program truly engage with one another and the community. “Last year’s intergenerational painting and drawing classes included artist talks and visits to artist studios. It’s been a fantastic opportunity for our students and the older students to see professional artists at work and learn about how their careers unfolded throughout their lives.”
Beginning in September, School One will offer several intergenerational arts and humanities classes including a new performing arts class, creative writing and book clubs.
For more information about School One or its Intergenerational Arts Program, please visit www.school-one.org.