Monthly Archives: May 2009

PAA Seeks Part-Time Development Manager

PAA is excited to announce that thanks to a grant from Cleveland Social Venture Partners, we are now seeking a part-time Development Manager to design and lead our development strategy and activities.

We are accepting applications through June 29, 2009.

Click here to download the complete job description and application details.

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Students Use Art to Learn Morality

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by Andre Clayton

“The Tortoise and the Hare” is the most famous of Aesop’s fables, which uses simple language to teach children the moral lesson that slow and steady wins the race.    Progressive Arts Alliance artist-educator Jen Craun is teaching Charles Lake Elementary preschoolers and kindergartners twelve of Aesop’s fables, including “The Tortoise and the Hare,” through a more colorful technique than just reading their simple language to them. Craun, who is a professional artist, said since March she has been teaching Charles Lake preschoolers and kindergartners printmaking to create the characters of the twelve Aesop’s fables.  According to Craun, Charles Lake preschoolers and kindergarteners have been using stencils, brayers, inks, and a printing press to create the fables’ characters, which will be used as a backdrop for a play performed by older students that will be about the fables they have learned. Three additional PAA arts-educators are teaching other Charles Lake Elementary students music, script writing, and acting for the play, which they will perform in front of their classmates and parents at the end of the program in May. Continue reading

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Students Celebrate Hip-Hop on May Day

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On May Day in Canterbury Elementary School’s gymnasium, half of its fourth grade class danced in front of their parents and peers instead of around a maypole and the rest of the fourth grade class rapped, creating a festive new twist to the centuries old tradition.  Canterbury fourth graders amazed their audience with their rapping and break dancing performances, which they had been perfecting for five weeks with Progressive Arts Alliance artist-educators Sister Salima, who taught rapping, and Julian Mendez, who taught break dancing.  Canterbury’s rap and break dance performances were a part of a PAA arts-in-education residency program in Cleveland Heights schools that the Ohio Arts Council helped fund with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  Continue reading

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PAA Program Changes Student’s Definition of Fun

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by Andre Clayton

After George Washington Carver Elementary School third grade teacher Susan O’Donnell worked with Progressive Arts Alliance (PAA) for the first time this year, she said she got more than she expected when one of her students began a geometry project at home just for fun.  PAA has been providing schools both in and outside the Cleveland Metropolitan School District with arts-in-education programming since 2002, striving to give students meaningful experiences in the contemporary arts that stimulate critical thinking and promote progressive thought.  PAA artist-educators worked with O’Donnell’s third grade class for over two months, combining printmaking with her math curriculum and rap with her language arts curriculum.   Continue reading

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