From Mrs. Difranco, our art teacher:
During the months of January and February, I was able to attend an after school art club in collaboration with the Indigenous Arts Workshop. Through this workshop I have come to realize that I don’t know as much as I thought about the Native American culture. I work in a community thriving with such rich history and knowledge of the land we view through our windows. This grant is opening my eyes, enabling me to make deeper connections to its roots. Through the arts, we are attempting to build stronger relationships with a culture buried in plain sight. While attending these workshops, I listen to the Native American students. They gossip about the various Pow-wows they attend and their likes/dislikes of the rituals and different tribe relations. We listen to Indigenous music of the past and also modern versions. Some of the students sing along to these songs and sometimes sing without the music. This space has become one I look forward to creating and connecting in.