To develop an ACE project there are 4 Stages that the coordinators work through with the teachers, artists, students, and community representatives or partners involved :
- Connect – Project initiators reach out to people in their schools and communities to talk about how they see ACE development – who is interested in making things happen? What could we create together? What arts disciplines do we think our students could most benefit from experiencing? How could integrating the arts bring education to life? What community connections could be made? Most important in this stage is creating momentum, building a team and supporters, and developing a vision.
- Collaborate – Developing projects collaboratively requires an investment of time and energy, especially between the teacher(s), artist(s), and coordinator. Principals support at this stage to ensure teachers have the planning time needed is crucial. The teachers and artists develop a plan to include students in the project design process. Effort is made to establish great communication and a team approach. The schedule, logistics, and a strategy for creative documenting are put into place.
- Create – Let the Art begin! Communication is frequent, students are contributing and taking ownership, relationships are being built, and the project evolves in a dynamic and emergent fashion. Having done the groundwork for co-learning in the Connect & Collaborate phases, the team of artists, teachers, coordinator, students, and community members feel a sense of partnership, growing enthusiasm and investment. Focus on process is as important as the product.
- Celebrate! – Showtime! Rehearsals, invitations, and finishing touches build up to a celebrational sharing of the ACE project with community members, other school members, and chosen audiences. The ACE project co-learners are honoured and recognized for their art work and efforts. Lessons learned are debriefed and the ACE story is documented and shared.
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