Challenge 4- Unity #ArtsEdMonthAK

Alaska Arts Education Month is here!  We’re celebrating throughout March with a different Creativity Challenge each week.  Get inspired by the week’s theme to explore music, dance, theater, cultural arts, media arts, and visual arts.  Share creations by you and your students with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging #ArtsEdMonthAK + @akartsed to join the party!  

Our fourth Creativity Challenge for March 19– March 25 is ………….. #Unity!

The Arts intuitively and naturally unify people, fostering community, collaboration and creativity. There is no better opportunity to bring people together than through the arts. The Arts are ageless and limitless. 

Today we’re going to share a few ways to investigate Unity through the arts. Some may work in your current educational setting and some may need to be saved for a different learning landscape. All can be adapted for different ages and abilities.


Try one of our AAEC Art Bytes: Hip Hop Hooray! Share the Culture of Today!
In this 63-minute training with Lorrie Heagy from Juneau, educators receive a distance delivery of outstanding resources that help us Explore Deeper Levels of Culture Through Music. This byte features so many fantastic resources, including Creating A Cultural Rap!  Check it out! To view other fantastic AAEC Arts Bytes from the past



muralMake a Wish:  Students work together to create their own puzzle pieces. Each rainbow puzzle piece is unified with others to create a class mural! This is an excellent lesson for 2nd grade students. Check out the lesson from Project ARTiculate!



sculpture from recycled materials Problem Solving with Non-Traditional Materials: In this lesson, provided by Project Articulate, students join forces with classmates to construct a piece of art from scrap, recycled and non-traditional materials. This lesson would be ideal for students in 6th grade and up.




drama lesson plan graphicWho’s Changing the Movement?: In this activity, group members work together to protect the identity of the leader. The leader is responsible for guiding the group through various changes in actions or movements without being discovered. It can easily be adapted for actions, movements, or elements that fit your classroom environment. Trinity College of London calls this activity “Who’s Changing the Movement.” Another educator adapted this activity and called it “Frog Detective” in which the leader is a frog who eats the flies by sneakily sticking their tongue out. Don’t get caught! Great for all ages! Click on the image to download a PDF of the game provided by Trinity College.


Old Brass Wagon: Play party dances have brought communities together for decades. Old Brass Wagon is wonderful not only in its circular symbolism, but also in its calm and gentle calls/directions. Made popular by the England Dance Masters, this dance is perfect for any age. Visit HERE to download a PDF of the game provided by CanDoMusic at  and see the video demonstration below. 


We hope these ideas spark your creative thinking for this 4th week of Alaska Arts Education Month. Whether you create something from this list or from your own inspiration, remember to showcase your work on Facebook or Instagram with #ArtsEdMonthAK + @akartsed.  

Visit again for a new Creativity Challenge and more ideas next week! 

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