Hope springs eternal in North Hills. Carlos Santana Arts Academy is a newly constructed school serving the north San Fernando Vally in Los Angeles, CA. A very culturally diverse area that is home to many minority families who all have one thing in common, a love of the arts. Each family has chosen to place their student into this creative environment because they know it’s a great way to introduce their children to the arts while maintaining LAUSD solid core curriculum. They know that if they introduce their students to the arts at the earliest possible age, they can lay the groundwork to many exciting and exclusive programs available within this district and beyond.
Even if the students have long term interests in Math, Literature, History and Science, their arts training will always benefit them. As students continue into the higher grades, they will find that arts have helped them in learning patience, coordination and discipline. Starting at Kindergarten, students see that art, dance and music class is essential to their learning and often the most enjoyable aspect of their daily curriculum.
Every aspect of art is also appreciated in nature, isn’t it?
The art of nature can have a profound effect on young minds. Gardens like ideas can be germinated, planned, designed, cultured, harvested and sustained in our own backyard. Additionally, many other necessary educational lessons can easily be taught in a garden setting. Each teachable garden can act as a special source of sustainable living, beauty, health and nutritional training. This is the goal of the TEACHABLE GARDEN PROGRAM at The Carlos Santana Arts Academy. This flagship program will establish a second grade science curriculum that allows students to learn the principles of sustainable living with edible gardens, the principles of composting, solar watering systems and vegetable nutritional content.
There’s a lot a school can do to better utilize a Teachable Garden. Helping to fund this unique effort, Cat West has begun a crowd funding site at GOFUNDME.COM, and secured a grant from The Whole Kids Foundation and WHOLE FOODS to help introduce the teachable garden program concept to the local school district. To help promote this effort, this teachable garden will be featured in an short film to promote the program in other schools. At the end of the school year, when the garden is in full bloom, Nick Federoff and his crew will shoot a 30 minute show to be aired on KLCS/PBS. It is our hope that with the development of this program, we can encourage the idea of replicating similar programs in other schools in the future.