The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) has awarded the Arts and Innovation Magnet (AIM) Program a $5,000 Vibrant Communities Grant. The grant supports a variety of arts programming opportunities in communities.
For AIM, the grant will help their ”Musical Sculpture” project at the Center for Innovative Teaching (CFIT) and involve 6th and 7th grade AIM students and teachers. Principal Shawn Williams says, “This project will allow students to engage in music lessons and make connections between music, visual art, engineering, and technology while using 21st century skills such as collaboration and communication. The project will further the mission and vision of CFIT in bringing the arts to the area.”
The project will span several weeks in April and May 2022. Visual art consultant Shannon Green and Music Consultant Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White will explore music and 3D art with students and teachers. They will create a sculpture using objects in their environment and then compose music. Musical elements explored will be include form, texture, dynamics, tempo, and timbre. Musical skills cultivated will include creating, listening, notating, evaluating, and playing.
During the lessons with Mrs. Green, students will work collaboratively in groups to design, construct, and play their musical sculptures. Technology will also be integrated through the program Makey Makey that will allow the students to make the sculptures interactive through touch pads.
The project will culminate in the presentation and installation of the sculptures at CFIT for other students and community members to play their own music.
About Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose mission is to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding, programs and services statewide that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities. Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.