SFUSD Arts Festival illustrates integration of school curriculum

San Francisco is home to many artists and art connoisseurs, and we intend to keep it that way.

Our public schools offer robust arts programing, and this week, anyone can see the work some of our talented visual and performing artists have been creating. These young artists come from all over The City — from schools with names you’d recognize and schools of which you’ve never heard.

Their work is playful, creative and sometimes downright stunning.

Come to the Asian Arts Museum and enjoy the spectacle. It’s free.

Dancing, jumping rope and big ceramics

This year, you’ll see an original piece of modern dance performed by students from Bret Harte Elementary. Kids from Cleveland Elementary will be belting out songs while jumping rope. Mission high schoolers have made dozens of papier-mache hybrid animals called “new mythical creations.” And Washington High students have created ceramic pots that are 3-feet tall.

All week long, our students will be performing in bands, chorus and dance groups in a special studio next to the exhibits. And, yes, there will be poetry readings.

Our bigger plan

This amazing festival is part of the San Francisco Unified School District’s unique Arts in Education Master Plan, which is our blueprint for integrating the arts into each student’s daily curriculum.

The SFUSD Arts Festival is presented by our district and the Asian Art Museum, the San Francisco Opera, the Wells Fargo Foundation, the San Francisco Public Library, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the San Francisco Film Society. Every student in a San Francisco, pre-K through 12, is invited to be part of the festival.

This year, more than 10,000 children from 250 San Francisco schools and community groups are showcasing their talents.

Come experience it for yourself; it’s right in the middle of town. Plan to be inspired.

IF YOU GO:

SFUSD Arts Festival
When: April 28 to May 6
Where: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.
Info: www.sfusdartfestival.org

Richard Carranza is superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.

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