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Woodruff Salutes Carol Fuller

10 02 08 - 13:28

Yesterday I went with Carol to the award ceremony and had a great day. You can read more about Carol here and about the Woodruff arts Center. The day started meeting some of the students Carol had worked with, some who worked on the Dream Dragon, they very quickly rehearsed their presentation as Carol had decided to have children on stage rather than go with the traditional powerpoint. The Students worked quickly and with great concentration to polished their performance.
The four educators that were being honoured spoke in turn talking about their use of Arts in Education. We had a supersized view of noggle the Dream Dragon on Sandaigs Wall during carol's introduction. This was followed by a symposium where the recipients of the awards discussed the state of arts in education in Georgia. I didn't take notes but this quote from the Woodruff Center sums up the debate:
Studies show the significant impact of the arts on your students’ academic performance.
The same studies proving the value of the arts to grades and test scores also tell us that young people exposed to the arts in school are more self-disciplined, socially conscious, and empathetic and tolerant of others. Put simply, art-rich schools are not only more likely to create better students; they also have a greater chance of creating better people.

After the symposium there was a reception, a trip round the High Museum of Art Altanta, dinner and finally we went to the Atlanta Symphony.
Amazingly at dinner i was sitting with someone who had just been to Jordanhill for the Storyline conference and Toby whose post on twitter I had read! Small world.
I'll put more photos from the day on the site later on and perhaps some video of Carol's students performing.
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It’s just great to see Carol (and by proxy, you) get some recognition for the wonderful, collaborative, connective work and play that you’ve got up to. Here’s to us, and a’ who’s like us etc etc…
Ewan McIntosh (Email) (URL) - 10 02 08 - 16:11

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