Boyd Elementary and Fondren Renaissance Foundation and additional partners – “Come Hang with Us” Art Project
“Come Hang with Us” was designed to help establish a closer relationship with the community. Students had an opportunity to explore the different aspects of the community and how each part is dependent on the other. The entire student body was able to benefit from the project.
During the week of March 22-26, Boyd students took part in hour-long workshops with local artists as they prepared for an upcoming art show called “Come Hang with Us.” The auditorium of the school was turned into an art studio each day as local artists inspired students’ creativity. Participating artists included Kit Fields, Dr. John Jackson, Allison Hobson Davis, Ann Seale, John Howell, Roz Roy and Ellen Langford. The FRF, Boyd’s adopter, organized art workshops and provided art supplies.
Thirty art pieces created by Boyd students were featured in the clothesline event entitled “Come Hang with Us” at The Cedars in Fondren in May. WAPT-TV filmed the event and aired it on 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news. The project was also the catalyst to enable the FRF to receive a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to allow students to receive more intense sessions this school year.
Duration of partnership: 11 years
Impacts 411 students
Activities: Project designed to establish closer relationship with community. For a week in March, students participated in hour-long workshops with local artists as they prepared for an art show called “Come Hang With Us.” Fondren Renaissance Foundation organized workshops and donated art supplies. Auditorium converted to art studio each day. Student artwork displayed in exhibits organized at school, the Mississippi Arts Center and the Cedars. Participating artists: Kit Fields, Dr. John Jackson, Allison Hobson Davis, Ann Seale, John Howell, Roz Roy and Ellen Langford.
Results: Teachers noticed 10-20% increase in assessment scores after project implementation. Student engagement increased by 90%. School’s academic level increased from “at risk of failing” to “high performing.” PTA meeting attendance increased by more than 110%; approximately 300 parents, community members viewed student exhibits.