Alliance for Children
Creating healthy communities through the arts
The Art & Literacy
E n c o u n t e r
Art/Literacy Enrichment Series
IT TAKES A VILLAGE The Art & Literacy Encounter is a
spectrum of reading enrichment experiences for children and their families in Central New Mexico. It is a full-
The initiative provides creative workshops, tutorials, and a
program. In addition, we provide after-
Through the Art & Literacy Encounter, NMAC is also able to supply teacher training in the arts and parent-
The Art & Literacy Encounter employs an integrative approach to literacy, incorporating art, music and movement as tools for helping children become life-
This program produces solid, measurable results in the arenas of strengthening academic performance, as well as improving peer and parent/child social interactions.
WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
Our youth workshops assist children in building better language, reading and reading-
Each session includes stories, music, art, and
movement activities. Dancing, singing, and
playing musical instruments are an integral part of each workshop.
WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES
Our parent and family workshops foster better
literacy skills, and help parents motivate their
children to learn, to develop positive forms of self-
expression, and to become more confident readers.
We have sponsored workshops in partnership with the Ruidoso Public Library, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Carrizozo Public Schools, the DWI Prevention Council, the Dance Gallery, and Eastern New MexicoUniversity/Ruidoso Branch.
The parent/child workshops help parents better understand their children’s academic and social needs. They supply strategies for developing a more effective support system at home and at school.
Some of the topics for Parent Workshops are Reading Aloud to Your Child, Brain Builders for Kids, Interactive Musical Activities for Parent and Child, and Sharing Art Together: Interactive Activities.
LITERACY WITH A
The program offers many opportunities for multi-
Illiteracy tends to be an intergenerational issue, and NMAC strives to develop literacy programs that support the entire family.
In 2007, NMAC has sponsored more than thirty-
WORKSHOPS BY VISITING ARTISTS
Through the Art and Literacy Encounter, NMAC also sponsors workshops given by distinguished visiting artists and educators. In May 2007, Visiting Artist Wilma Salzman, the “Big Book Lady” and author of more than thirty music-
Songs + Puppets + BIG BOOKS = Fun!
This workshop for children ages 2 through 7 was based on the concept that basic reading skills are fun and easy when learned through music. Children were introduced to several Big Book titles through folk songs. They sang the song, played the game, dramatized with puppets, then read the BIG BOOK. Teachers and parents were invited to observe.
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