Exploring Ubuntu

Posted 24 November 2014 12:00 AM by Tessa Bry Taylor

As a teaching artist with Target Arts, I have been fortunate enough to share an amazing experience with talented, lovely, and lively 3rd graders at Blackstone Innovative Elementary School. We are only half way through our shared time together, and yet I have both witnessed and experienced leaps and bounds that will last a lifetime.

There are few things more rewarding than sharing a learning experience with a child, and the excitement and energy that is cultivated when that learning experience occurs through the arts evinces joy unimaginable. These amazing students have led both me, and each other, through a unique exploration of their school's meaning of community, highlighted through an African word "Ubuntu" which roughly means: I am who I am because of who we all are. Togetherness, community, respect, and unity - these are the key foundations of the Blackstone school - and these delightful 3rd grade students have already shown, to an exceptional capacity, their ability to demonstrate this sense of ensemble through their group artistic work.

Through a combination of rhyme and rhythm, singing and dancing, writing and reading, speaking proudly in chorus, and confidently alone, these amazing children have been traveling as one through an enriching journey, sharing in their ability to be helpful and respectful performing artists, both on the "stage" of life, and beyond.

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