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Inspiring arts: Riverview Learning Center holds first All Arts Day

Every year, each school in the Riverview School District has a day dedicated to the arts, and the new Riverview Learning Center hosted its first All Arts Day Thursday, May 3.

The school dedicated the afternoon to applied arts facilitated by regionally renowned artists.  Kenya Marshall, recent graduate of the Laguna College of Art and Design worked with PARADE and CLIP students to sculpt clay cats. Reisha Holton, a poet from Issaquah, brought props to inspire a group of CHOICE students in writing creative poetry. Students and RLC staff participated in the Poetry Wall, surprising themselves and each other with sweet, somber and reflective poems.  Reisha then led two more workshops with PARADE students as the day drew to a close.

Students and teachers throughout the building were inspired by the activities. One student commented that “my poem was way better than I thought it could be”. A teacher responded that it was so nice to participate side by side with the students and see them in a different light.

Riverview schools arts days offer students experiences in visual arts, theater, music and dance.  Students and artists, supported by teachers and administrators, showcase the district’s commitment to the arts and as an essential component within a well-rounded liberal arts education. The district's Thinking Skills committee recently completed a research project into 21st century essential skills, and creative thinking proved to be a common theme to all career fields.

 

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