Newton Kids Create: Storytelling through Art
This exhibit began as a collaborative project between the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), Newton USD 373 art teachers and librarians, and Kauffman Museum. When planning its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration, KIPCOR wanted to include an event attracting school children and families. To achieve that goal, they invited author and storyteller Rafe Martin. Through his books and programs, Mr. Martin retells folktales from around the world. The KIPCOR planning committee began discussions with area schools about hosting Rafe for storytelling sessions. The plan evolved to include area art teachers and school librarians who would include Mr. Martin’s work in their curriculum. Kauffman Museum stepped into the conversation, offering a space to exhibit the students’ artwork.
You’ll see that folktales and Mr. Martin’s books are listed by each group of artwork. Individual teachers and schools chose to use different stories and also different media to communicate the messages of the international stories.As you enjoy the individual pieces, also take a look at the beauty of collective artwork created by over 1,000 Newton students telling stories through art.
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