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KU Art Education Students to Hold Community Outreach Events

November 5, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -Kutztown University art education students will teach 3rd through 12th grade students from the Commonwealth Connections Academy, a public online cyber charter school, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 3 to 5:30 in the Sharadin Art Building. 

Fifty cyber students will engage in learning activities and art making throughout Sharadin's crafts studios and in the gallery. The entire curriculum was designed by KU pre-service teachers.

This is the first outreach program of its kind, and will give students in KU's "Teaching Art in Alternative Settings" class, taught by Dr. Carrie Nordlund, a hands-on opportunity to work from a gallery setting and with students from a nontraditional education setting.

Students from the "Teaching Art in Alternative Settings" class will hold another outreach event on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 3 to 5:30 in St. John's Lutheran Church. At this event, they will work on an intergenerational project and create artwork with Kutztown senior citizens and Kutztown middle school students. This program was created in collaboration with Kris Tuerk, a KU alumna and art teacher at the Kutztown Middle School.

The curriculum for the intergenerational event was designed by KU students, and will facilitate learning around the theme of Thanksgiving and storytelling. Participants will be able to share and honor their past, present and future memories.