Challenge 5- Celebration #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, Instagram, and Twitter by tagging #ArtsEdMonthAK + @akartsed to join the party!  

Our Creativity Challenge for March 26 – April 1 is ………….. #Celebration!

Our great state is vast in its land mass. However, no matter how broad their distance, Alaska’s communities continue to recognize the value of Arts in Education. Celebrating what was, what is and what is to come. Together we honor and CELEBRATE the importance of the Arts in culture, in nature, in family and in how we connect as human beings.

Today we’re going to share a few ways to investigate Celebration 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.


art byte beauty of natureTry one of our AAEC Art BytesHow do you use the Arts to celebrate the world around you?  In this 56-minute training with Kristin Link from McCarthy, Alaska, educators try a distance delivery lesson.   This session features step-by-step processes to celebrate the beauty of nature.



Project Articulate Celebrate Art ElementsCelebrating The Art Elements: The educators of our great state have something to celebrate, Project ARTiculate! It is full of amazing, engaging, tested and true lessons that engage students. In this lesson students discuss art made by the famous American Pop Artist, Roy Lichtenstein. Celebrating the ‘elements of art’ vocabulary, students in turn use these elements to develop a drawing, painting or collage. Grades – 3rd


fireworksFireworks and Performance Art: How is a firework show planned using science, technology and art? “In this lesson, students will discuss the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang. They’ll examine the science, engineering, planning, logistical, and artistic factors when creating fireworks. Students will create original art demonstrating a sequence of fireworks for an event.” Grades 9-12


drama gameCelebrate The Art of Emotions: Students form a circle and when prompted, step into the circle and say the word of the day with a given expression or emotion. This activity could be adapted to include weekly vocabulary or spelling words! This activity can be adapted for multiple grade levels.


earth iconCelebrate the Diversity of our great Nation! The Kennedy Center is an excellent resource for educators who are looking to bring the arts in their diverse classrooms. In this lesson, students will explore how the various cultures have contributed to making the United States the unique and diverse country that it is today. Grades 3-5




We hope these ideas spark your creative thinking for this final week of Alaska Arts Education Month 2023.  Whether you create something from this list or from your own inspiration, remember to showcase your work on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with #ArtsEdMonthAK + @akartsed.  Stay tuned for our Virtual Gallery celebrating submissions from across our state, and visit again next March for more Creativity Challenges and ideas!

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