Arts-in-Education programs use the AIE Final Report evaluation forms for all residency participants, including and designed especially for the Residency Artist. This assessment process is a key component of total residency process and also an opportunity for the artist to self-examine the entire residency as well: what worked; what new activities or ideas were introduced; what challenges or difficulties were experienced; and what changes would be initiated differently in the future? Complete and submit the Residency Artist’s Final Report evaluation form in a timely manner The artist’s feedback is essential to informing and assisting the ongoing development of the AIE residency programs.
If the residency is the first year of a two-year AIE residency, discuss and determine your role with your AIE Partner and site coordinator in future planning of the next phase.
With your experience you have become a resource not only for your school and district but for other schools. Your AIE Partner may contact you for your residency expertise to help new schools through AIE technical assistance workshops.
AIE residencies have become part of the culture of the Mannington School. This past year, the school focused on Latin drumming and percussion as a discipline. This project was a great follow-up to their dance residency two years ago when students explored ideas of improvisation, syncopation and rhythm. AIE Teaching Artist Josh Robinson brought his vast knowledge of world music to the project. The Core Group, which was self-selected, went on to create their own patterns and songs. AIE Teaching Artist and slam poet Lamont Dixon served as Visiting Artist. He helped students compose poems with sound effects. The students performed at the school’s spring concert where they showcased their innovation, drumming skills and student poetry. The event also featured an exhibition of hand-made percussion instruments made during art class as an extension activity to the residency. Art and Computer Teacher, Heather Sakewicz-Frank said, “Teachers in other disciplines continue to expect more from their students now because they have seen the students rise up and accept yet another challenge that many felt was impossible.
Mannington students are learning that nothing is impossible if you want it enough.” Allyson, a student at Mannington School wrote, “This residency inspired me to continue working in the arts by showing me something more about music and how it can inspire you to do other things in life.”