Adopt a School

Child's architectural study in CMA's adopt-a-school programFourth-graders in Oswego's Kingsford Park Elementary School learned about art, community history and other subjects last year in the first Adopt-a-School partnership of the college's School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

The results — drawings of local noteworthy and historic buildings — were displayed in the college’s Tyler Art Gallery.

At Kingsford Park, Lisa Langlois of the college’s art faculty and visiting artist Joe Rial visited Laurie Yule's fourth-grade classes studying local history. Langlois and Rial explained the history and architectural styles of prominent buildings in the county.

The partnership program supported several School of Communication, Media and the Arts goals, including finding meaningful ways to assist local schools and artists, teaching college students about the importance of sharing talent and time in the community, and introducing the academic and artistic culture of a college campus to youngsters.

“We have resources at the college that can benefit local schools,” said Julie Pretzat, the school’s associate dean. “With the tightening of budgets for the arts everywhere, this is a way we can help.”

Photo: A pupil works on a drawing for an exhibition on campus.

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