Global Arts and Communications School, Minneapolis, Minn.
Sheridan is a K-8 fine arts magnet school,
located in Minneapolis, Minn., which serves an urban population
of predominantly Asian, African American, and Caucasian students.
Global arts and communications form the core of Sheridan’s
philosophy of education, with the arts and foreign languages
central to all learning at Sheridan. The school and its students
work with community arts partners to integrate the arts, global
studies, and communications within learning activities.
The arts at Sheridan are infused throughout
the curriculum and in the weekly and daily schedules. In seventh
and eighth grade, students choose an art form to study every
other day all year long. Course offerings range from drama,
dance, choir, and band to visual art, ceramics, and African
music. At Sheridan, part of the school philosophy is that
students become literate by producing performances, exhibits,
and publications as part of the learning process. The students
must also demonstrate their acquired understandings and skills
to real audiences for authentic purposes.
Sheridan is actively involved with community
arts partners and institutions, including the Walker Arts
Center, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, the Bell Museum
of Natural History, the Perpich Center for Arts Education,
and area universities.
School information compiled
from the Sheridan Global Arts and Communications School Web site:
The Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource
(FAIR) School is a grades four-to-eight magnet school located
in Crystal, Minn. that provides intercultural learning opportunities
to 558 students from Minneapolis and the surrounding suburban
school districts. The mission of FAIR School is tri-fold:
intercultural learning, fine arts performance, and academic
The FAIR School was created by the West Metro
Educational Program (WMEP), a voluntary consortium of 10
urban and suburban school districts in the Minneapolis metropolitan
area that was formed in 1989 to cooperatively address integration
issues. WMEP's mission is to promote
student success and community acceptance of differences by
providing opportunities for students, families, and staff
from diverse backgrounds to learn from and with each other.
Student admission for the FAIR School is based
on an enrollment lottery held in each district. While there
is no formal audition, it is important that students enjoy
some level of success and interest in at least one area of
the fine arts. Fine arts offerings include dance, vocal and
instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and media arts.
information compiled from the FAIR School Web site:
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