Artists in Residence
Hale has been the recipient of annual grant funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts since 2005. The grant allows for artists in residence to work with our students in various art venues during a three- five week period. Our school has a number of murals created by our students after working with two muralists. A steel drummer was a visiting artist, and in October 2008, we journeyed to Africa with an artist who taught the children the music, culture, and traditions of that country.
The artist in residency program provides our students with opportunities that enrich their school experiences and gives them time to learn from accomplished artists. All of our students have benefited from the residencies, and the response from our community has been very positive and supportive.
During th fall of 2005 Hale students participated in planning, drawing, and painting three large murals. Two of these murals can be found in our school's cafeteria. They depict the six pillars of character--trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship--which are part of our Character Counts program. The third mural is found at the front of our school and correlates to our school mascot, the Hale Hero, by depicting heroes we have all around us.
Our Artist in Residence program brought a new adventure in the fall of 2006 when students were instructed in music classes on the techniques involved in playing steel drums. A select group of students were chosen to prepare special numbers that were then performed during a school-wide assembly as a culminating activity.
Tile mosaics went up in the school's breezeways in the fall of 2007 with the help of professional artists. Two separate mosaics were designed and completed with the help of every Hale student, kindergarten through sixth grade. Students were involved in each step of the process, from the first sketches to the final mountings. One tile mosaic depcts a desert habitat while the other is an illustration of a rainforest habitat, both of which are studied by students at various grade levels as part of the state curriculum.
Fall of 2008 Mr. Keith Johnson worked with all students during his residency and taught the children about the culture, traditions, geography, and unique characteristics of Africa. The students learned to make rainsticks and also learned to play the different drums that Mr. Johnson shared with the children. As a culminating activity, students performed for parents and the entire school as a celebration of our journey to West Africa.