Learning Through the Arts

Learning Through the Arts
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Langston students are fortunate to be able to participate in Arkansas Learning the Arts Program. LTTA programs provide learning opportunities that generally might not be accessible to schools. Their offerings bring art forms to classrooms that students would not typically be exposed to.                                                 Folk/Ethnic; storytelling, dance, music, drumming A 2008 Governor’s Award winner (AIE), Zinse, was born and educated in Ghana, W. Africa and England. Zinse uses hand drums for his storytelling and also as a percussive symphony. Both the storytelling and rhythms support areas of the curriculum –social studies, history, geography and even basic mathematics. Participants are absorbed by the challenging rhythms and cannot help but focus and concentrate as they improve their general coordination. The activities engage fundamental cognitive and problem solving skills, nurturing creative thinking.

Literature: Poetry; Creative Writing Chris James is a professional spoken word artist, playwright, author and teaching artist. He has been involved in Arts in Education since 2009. He has orchestrated school-wide and district-wide poetry slams and stage plays with schools and organizations. Mr. James incorporates engaging poetry performance, theater, music and movement in his approach. The program goal is to give students a license to be creative in their writing process while also improving their literary skills. The teachers are also left with new ideas and approaches to teaching poetry and literacy.