With the California drought now entering its 4th year, the Sun Gallery in Hayward has launched a new pilot program with a twist, teaching children in public schools about the California drought through art. Along with learning important facts about the drought, children are also challenged to go home and practice new water conservation skills. At the end of the in-class field trip, children do an art project using prompts by the instructors, using artistic symbols that they learn during the class. The pilot drought art program for kids, just launched this week on Jan. 29, is currently teaching three 5th grade classes at Strobridge Elementary in Hayward, and hopes to expand its program to neighboring cities.
Since 1975, Sun Gallery has stimulated continuing community interest in the arts and expanded the image of the City of Hayward as a cultural center. The gallery provides visual art exhibitions and educational programs that reflect the diverse cultural populations of Hayward and its surrounding area. One of the art exhibitions the gallery is offering this year is called “Troubled Waters: Drought and Change”, which will be held starting in the month of April for 6 weeks. The pilot field trip program for children was designed to tie in with the upcoming show as a community builder.
The gallery acts in partnership with local institutions of education and government, businesses and corporations, and community service organizations to develop quality visual arts programming that welcomes and engage audiences of all ages, in order to enhance the relationship between the visual arts and day to day life experiences.
Partnering with Strobridge Elementary, these first students in the program have also been invited to display their artwork at the drought show, which will also honor their participation with a childrens art reception in which parents and families are invited to attend. Families can view their childrens artwork, learn about water conservation and interact with other artists, community leaders and local city water representatives. During the upcoming drought show, the gallery will also be offering field trips to children along with a tour of the artwork, learning both science and art terms plus completing an art project in their large art studio. Field trips can either be held at the school in the students class or at the gallery.
The gallery will be offering this new program all year round to local school children and will also rotate themes to include topics like climate change and endangered animals,
To book a field trip for your class you can contact the Sun Gallery at 510-581-4050. The gallery is located at 1015 E St. and is close to Bart. Artists who would like to submit art for the upcoming show can also contact the gallery by emailing photos of their work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Artists who submit work may be chosen to be part of the upcoming drought show and all media types are welcome – poetry, dance, music, visual arts, drama and mixed media.
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