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Success story! James John makes arts education a community-wide conversation.

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Uploaded on Aug 5, 2011

In Spring 2011, students at James John Elementary (St. Johns, Portland) worked with Right Brain artist Julie Keefe to create poetry and self-portraits that explored their individual identities. 3rd grade teacher Sam Leach then partnered with a coffee shop just blocks away from the school to exhibit the artwork created by his students. Mr. Leach tells us how sharing that work with the entire neighborhood made a profound impact on the students, their parents, the coffee shop's customers and even the baristas.

Here's our favorite quote from Mr. Leach: "There's this idea that people don't care about what's happening with kids and schools and public education. And I don't think anything could be further from the truth. I think people desperately, desperately care and they're not invited into the conversation....Getting the artwork out into the community allows people to engage in that conversation, which I think is critical for our kids."

See how Mr. Leach documented the project on his classroom blog: http://myteachermrleach.blogspot.com/...

Thank you to Right Brain interns Rachael Cassiday and Robb Cummings for putting this video together!

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