IDEAL, Intentional Designs of Expression in Artistic Languages
May 9, 2023 — June 11, 2023
Margaret Shepherd Ray Family and Student Gallery
IDEAL, Intentional Designs of Expression in Artistic Languages targets fifth-grade students in the critical year before they transition to middle school. During the course of each ten-week residency, students will explore themes of self-identity, collaboration, and community through different art forms: dance, written and spoken poetry, and visual art.
Collaboration is a central feature of the IDEAL project: among student peers within the same school and other schools, and among Arts for Learning and its community partners—the Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach school divisions, the Chrysler Museum, and the Richmond Ballet. Partnering with the Richmond Ballet and the Chrysler will deepen each student’s artistic experience.
See more than forty-five works of art on display and over sixty artists will be recognized for their contributions to the project through the different art forms at an opening reception on May 11.
Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc., doing business as Arts for Learning, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Norfolk. Now in its 68th year, Arts for Learning’s mission is to inspire and engage students in and through the arts. A4L’s professional musicians, dancers, and visual and literary artists use their art forms as teaching tools to integrate curriculum concepts with the arts and to expose students to a great diversity of cultures and traditions.