Thanks to the support of the Ohio Arts Council, the CMSD will continue to partner with multi-disciplinary teaching artist, producer, and director, Sheela Das, during the 2023-24 school year through the TeachArtsOhio program. Sheela is a performing artist with an extensive career in arts education including developing and delivering a Kennedy Center for the Arts residency program in collaboration with international director and producer, artist Todd Rundgren. Sheela is the founder and artistic director of Creative Concepts in Music whose mission is to promote peace, sustainability and community engagement in the arts. Her body of work includes hundreds of public performances and creation of over 350 educational teaching songs designed for English Language Learners.
"Teaching through the Arts" at Natividad Pagán International Newcomers Academy provides weekly artistic workshops in grades 1-8 designed to enhance student literacy skills through the creation of original plays, songs, instrumental music and curricular songs. Student performance skills are developed throughout the residency. Lessons align with content standards for English Language Arts, Music, Drama, Science, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Profile of a Graduate. The whole school community PreK-12, families, and community partners share in artistic workshops and performances at the school both live and online.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District is thankful for the support of the Ohio Arts Council!