CORE AREAS OF IMPACT – FINE ARTS
The Highland Foundation has a long history of providing support for band, choir, orchestra, theater and all forms of the arts. Each year, grants are awarded directly to support these important educational experiences.
Highland High School
This grant created a permanent art gallery in the vestibule between the hallway and the auditorium, bringing exceptional artwork down into the public areas of the building. There is an inherent educational value for the students to have the ability to display their work and admire and critique their pieces as well as those of others.
Sanyuka Children’s Choir with Highland Choirs
A 3-day intensive workshop with the Sanyuka Children’s Choir in October 2023 will increase cultural awareness and allow Highland students to discover firsthand the diversity of world music through the eyes of peer performers. Beyond the music, the interaction among the children will deepen their understanding of culture, poverty/need, perseverance, and joy of the Ugandan children.
Sound for the Highland High School Theater
Updated equipment for Highland auditorium’s microphones to match the technology of our sound board to benefit district-wide fine arts performances, including musicals, theater performances, concerts, community and staff meetings, and other events held in the auditorium.
Art As Therapy
This grant offers Highland High School students Social Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities through small and large group art projects on a monthly basis during A.L.L. or after school. In addition, the National Art Honor Society (NAHS), plans to initiate a student committee whose goal is to create SEL opportunities for HHS moving forward.
Island Sounds with The University of Akron Steel Drum Alumni Ensemble
The purpose of this project was to continue the education of island music and engage all 4th, 5th and K-5 intensive needs students at Granger Elementary School by facilitating a workshop with the University of Akron Steel Drum Alumni Ensemble. The musicians explained the importance of steel drum music and taught students the playing techniques. Students were fully submerged in this diverse culture and its instruments. They even created and performed in their own ensembles! The ensemble also offered a free evening concert for community members as a special treat!
Highland Steel Drum Band
This grant assists the Highland music program with the development of a steel drum band at Highland. Students will learn a different range of rhythms and music literacy that is currently not provided at HHS, increase hand-to-eye coordination and memorization skills. Additionally, playing as a member of an ensemble helps to develop teamwork, communication and listening skills. Most importantly, it’s is a fun way to make music! Students and the community will benefit from the experience!