This program provides mandatory Arts Education for all students in grades 1-5, four and a half days a week, running from 8 – 2pm in six to eight 30-45 minute sessions. Classes are divided by individual grade levels.
Each day of the week is dedicated to one of the four core disciplines; Drama (Monday), Visual Arts (Tuesday for Lower Elementary and Wednesday for Upper Elementary), Dance (Thursday), and Music (Friday).
Utilizing five Teaching Artists who excel in each discipline, as well as a part-time Instructional Assistant, we implement a common core Art curriculum designed to cater to each grade level.
This program follows the public school calendar running from August through May and is the only formal Art Education available to children in Hana / East Maui.
With a history of providing Arts Education to the Elementary school children in Hana for several years, our graduates now fill the Middle School.
There is a strong interest in continuing Arts Education for this age group so, to meet this demand, Hana Arts is expanding our program to provide two core courses for credit to Middle School.
Hiring a local professional photojournalist, we have partnered with Hana Public Library to host Creative Writing courses, where the students focus on creating a magazine or script about their specific passion. Utilizing creative thinking, research, composition, and multi-media design techniques, the final products are then laminated, bound, and placed into circulation at the Library.
We also recognize the need for Arts instruction for early childhood education. Our Preschool/Kindergarten program consists of a Music and Creative Movement course held by a local Hawaiiana instructor. Serving three classes, our instructor leads weekly explorations in rhythm, time, composition, and expression through voice, percussion, and movement. Lili M. Levinowitz, Professor of Music Education at Rowan University, wrote:
“Making music is as much a basic life skill as walking or talking. Peery and Peery (1987) suggest that it is desirable for children to be exposed to, trained in, And enculturated with music for its own sake. That is, it is a birthright for all people to be able to sing in tune and march to a beat (Levinowitz and Guilmartin, 1989, 1992, 1996). To ensure a comprehensive learning experience, music must be included in early childhood. Practically speaking, the argument that music education is a frill finds no objective support.” (www.musictogether.com)
Research shows that Art Education is closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools. According to recent research by Americans for the Arts and Vans Custom Culture, published in their 2013 Arts Education Navigator – Facts & Figures:
In a study of high-poverty schools in Chicago, the schools that participated in the “Arts Partnerships Education Program” made huge strides in closing the gap between high and low income students’ academic achievements.
Students with four years of Arts education averaged almost 100 points better on their SAT scores than students taking only one-half year or less of Arts studies.
Our Arts program is intended to provide a vehicle for healthy self-expression, where the students are able to use critical thinking in various forms to identify who they are and understand their importance.