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Kids Learn From Artists in the Schools

Third graders in Nevada County are learning the arts directly from local artists, as part of a grant program. The Nevada County Arts Council has received funding from the state for ‘Artists in the Schools’, with guest artists to teach the arts, but still adhere to the ‘Common Core’ education standards. Arts Council Vice President Brian Buckley says the program makes sense, because the arts are correlated with all the benchmarks that schools are striving for…

Listen to Brian Buckley

Eileen Blodgett is one of four artists that visits the kids. She says one example of her lessons includes the idea that third graders learn about earth science-erosion, earthquakes, how volcanoes are formed-those types of things…

Listen to Eileen Blodgett

Blodgett says many students can express themselves better visually, and that working with their hands gives many of them a better sense of accomplishment. The program is for thirds graders at Bell Hill, Deer Creek, Scotten, and Williams Ranch schools. Buckley says they hope to expand it in years to come.

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