Dear Friends, I hope this message finds you and your family well. In our last email to you, we outlined a number of ways that we plan to continue to serve students as local schools move to distance learning. We are so grateful for our school partners who value arts education as we do!
One of these school partners is Rowan Elementary in the San Diego Unified School District. Rowan Elementary is a Title 1 school, meaning that a high percentage of their students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch. We have been working with Rowan for a few years now, providing year-long residencies - 10 weeks of visual art, 10 weeks of dance, and 10 weeks of drumming – to their entire student body. “My kids were excited when they found out this was going to happen today! Their dad even set up a web cam on the TV so Ms. Kanna would show up on the TV. Thanks for setting this up!” With the support of Principal Nicole Weber (who, by the way, only joined the school in
February), dance teaching artist Kanna Burch began teaching students via Zoom a couple of weeks ago. Kanna electronically meets with 10-15 kids twice a week for 40 minutes, teaching them the basics of hip hop dance. She also teaches modified dance to special education children each week for 30 minutes. If students aren’t able to join the class in real time, she provides a recorded video, so that all students can keep up with their dance lessons. She is able to do this from her home studio that her handy husband, Tyger, created for her! “My daughters had fun! Thanks Ms. Kanna and Rowan staff.” –Mrs. Sanchez, Rowan Parent That’s creativity, innovation and collaboration at work. The Arts will always find a way!