Wingspan Arts provides in-school arts residencies that craft customized programs designed to meet the needs of participating K-12 schools and organizations serving youth. With a variety of designed programs, Wingspan’s current in-school residencies range from providing elective arts classes to integrated arts programming.
All of Wingspan in-school residencies grow from a creative, collaborative process between Wingspan Arts and the School Partner, based on the disciplines listed below. During the planning stages, we thoughtfully work with school administrators to design each program for its corresponding grade level based on state and national standards, in addition to specific arts standards such as those outlined in The New York City Blueprint for the Arts. The same collaborative spirit continues when our Teaching Artists enter the learning environment to work with staff and students. Wingspan Teaching Artists, in collaboration with classroom teachers, work with students in a variety of creative disciplines during their academic day. Our hope is that as we collaborate with an institution, we become a true arts partner and an enduring member of that school’s community.
We enjoy working with Wingspan because of the enthusiasm and creativity they bring to our programs. We have witnessed students blossom into stars when given the chance to show their artistic talents. This success and recognition trickles over into their schoolwork and their academic performance usually improves.Judith Martin Pandolfo, Ph.D