Culture & Climate Corner: Illuminarte - Building Community Through Art
On Saturday, January 24th, dozens of students, families, and community partners with the Building Healthy Communities – Boyle Heights Health Happens in Schools Workgroup participated and facilitated at “Illuminarte,” an all-day community event at the General Hospital Wellness Center.
Thanks to our funding for restorative justice from The California Endowment, we were able to participate in the planning and execution of the festivities. Several of our students from Roosevelt and Mendez created and led carnival-style learning games on the School Climate Bill of Rights (SCBOR) and Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Morning booths included team puzzles on the seven SCBOR rights, creative budget making for future Local Control Accountability Plans, rolling the dice for alternatives to suspensions, and LCFF Loteria!
The afternoon included artistic workshops such as collective song-making and theater excerpts from Casa 101. Partnership RJ Coordinator, Michelle Ferrer, co-facilitated a workshop on spoken word and visual arts where students and families expressed their learning from the morning workshops. The day ended in the making of a music video, showcasing public opinion on LCFF in a song entitled “Lights On.” You can see some of the highlights of the event here.
If you’re interested in the next community convening on school culture, please join us for “What Works in School Culture & Climate: A Community Convening” on Saturday, February 28th from 9:00am-4:00pm at Roosevelt High School. Registration is now available here.
To learn more about how to get involved in community events on culture and climate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.