Cultural Arts

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Cultural Arts

Cultural arts, such as music, art, drama, creative writing, photography and dance, are tools that help develop the mind and body, refine feelings, and thoughts and reflect and represent our customs and values as a society. Cultural arts help to explain the world in which we live through an exploration of creativity. They are multidisciplinary, cross-genre, and are less about the finished product and more about the process. The arts help us explore our society and ourselves.

Art Integration

Uinta Academy feels it is important that each girl has the opportunity to experience many forms of art as a means of

  • Developing artistic talents
  • Teaching core curriculum
  • Improving test scores
  • Enhancing cognitive development
  • Improving abstract reasoning skills
  • Improving spatial-temporal reasoning skills
  • Igniting love and understanding of the arts
  • Building community
  • Building self-esteem
  • Encouraging self-expression

Our cultural arts program differs from that of other treatment centers because our instructor is not only an artist, but she is knowledgeable in all academic areas due to the fact that she was a general education teacher for over 30 years. She also has extensive training in arts integration with Opening Minds through the Arts Foundation of southern Arizona. She is familiar with and understands the ongoing research about arts education and uses effective teaching methods such as Bloom's Taxonomy and Marzano Strategies. The combination of her experience as a teacher and her expertise as an artist allows her to integrate the cultural arts into the students’ social, academic and therapeutic experience at Uinta.

Art Instruction and Outings

The students participate in 2 to 3 hours of cultural arts each week. This time of exploration and self expression benefits all girls regardless of their previous exposure and skill level. Art education also takes place outside of the classroom in the form of monthly cultural arts outings to the theater, musical events, the ballet, the opera, museums, art walks, and other community events. Each girl compiles an art portfolio that can be used for application to art schools or just to display her projects. Cultural arts education includes the following:

  • Drawing, painting, elements of color, art appreciation
  • Photography
  • Interior design
  • Literature, creative writing, poetry
  • Theater, drama, tableau
  • Singing and music appreciation
  • Art history

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Quotes About the Arts

“My husband and I believe strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation's leaders of tomorrow.” Michelle Obama

“We need people who think with the creative side of their brains - people who have played in a band, who have painted...it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick start a new idea, or how to get the job done better.” Annette Byrd, GlaxoSmithKline

"A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world...We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.” Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp

“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.” Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperative Communications, Xerox Corporation

“We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.” Clifford V. Smith, President of the General Electric Foundation

“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic.” William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

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I will cherish my time spent at Uinta for the rest of my life.

Mikaela