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Help the Children’s Studio School!

September 8, 2010
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DC-area friends, and all who are interested in arts education,

While in Washington, I met and spoke with one of the leaders of the Children’s Studio School. CSS is an arts-based school and community organization that serves young children of all backgrounds and abilities. It serves the public, but is financed through charitable contributions. It is now facing immediate eviction from its current location. The school had operated as a public charter school for 13 years, but chose to relinquish its charter because of philosophical and pedagogical differences with DCPSB. The city recently put their building up for auction without their knowledge, so the school community is now asking for help persuading the Fenty/Rhee administration to rescind their order to evacuate the school– if not indefinitely, then at least for the next year as they try to find a place for their school and the children it serves. Here’s a bit more about the school itself:

Children’s Studio School, a community arts organization and full-day school, is celebrating its 33rd anniversary as the only school of its kind where (very) young children of diverse cultures and moderate-to- low-income families work all day with architects and other extraordinary multi-media artists as complete teachers. Through inquiry, experimentation and analysis, children find solutions to multiple issues as they develop all their “academic” abilities through the Studio School’s transcultural Arts As Education© process.

Studio School is committed to working with children, families and communities, in DC and throughout the world through its Urban Arts Complex, including:  professional development academy for teachers, artists and other educators; and Artists and Communities programs, such as performances, workshops, Studio Cafe and City As Studio for children, families and others in the community.

They are asking anyone who can to please e-mail a message to Chancellor Rhee (michelle.rhee@dc.gov) and Mayor Fenty (amf@dc.gov) saying why the school should be allowed to keep its home. Please CC torrie@studioschool.org and pat@studioschool.org on your e-mail.

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