December 10, 2008

Student Uses Community Outreach Grant to Help Children See Themselves Reflected in the Arts

When the Center for Community Partnerships invited Case Western Reserve University departments and groups seeking charitable funding to apply for its new Community Outreach Program grants, they received dozens of applications. Ten campus affiliates were selected to receive $1,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year to continue their outreach work in the areas of PreK-12, senior citizens, health, social service, community and economic development, and lifelong learning.

Each of the winning groups will be featured in an ongoing series. Learn more about Kristina Walter's Capstone Service Intership:

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Kristina Walter wants children who attend Buhrer at Kentucky School in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to see their Latino heritage reflected in the arts. So Walter, an art education and Spanish double major, plans to use her Community Outreach Program Grant in a way that will help a group of students do just that.

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"This elementary school is the first bilingual school founded in the state of Ohio. The kids get instruction in their native language grades K-2. Then, it alternates. They switch so that they don't lose either language," Walter explained. She was connected to the school after expressing an interest in doing an independent study that would incorporate both of her majors.

"They have a full-time art teacher. He was very welcoming to me, and basically said, ' mi casa es su casa.' They had so little to work with, but he does a great job. I teach there once a week," she said.

She plans to use her grant money to purchase printmaking materials, self-hardening clay, drawing paper, clay tools and ink. "It will give these kids a chance to work with things they never worked with before, such as printmaking and clay tools. This will have a lasting impact and augment the teacher's supply closet. It enriches both of us and gives us a different perspective."

Walter said although she works with about 60 students for her art classes, the materials are something other classes also will be able to use as well.

As the students get used to working with new supplies, Walter sees future possibilities beyond the classroom. "I definitely see their artwork going beyond the school. There are shows such as the Youth Art Month Exhibition and also the Young People's Art Exhibition. It's great for kids to see their artwork in a different environment."

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, December 10, 2008 01:04 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, Students, features, news

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