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2011 Partnership Excellence Award Boyd Elementary and Fondren Renaissance Foundation and additional partners – “Come Hang with Us” Art Project
“Come Hang with Us” was designed to help establish a closer
relationship with the community. Students had an opportunity to explore the
different aspects of the community and how each part is dependent on the other.
The entire student body was able to benefit from the project.
During the week of March 22-26, Boyd students took part in
hour-long workshops with local artists as they prepared for an upcoming art show
called “Come Hang with Us.” The auditorium of the school was turned into an art
studio each day as local artists inspired students’ creativity. Participating
artists included Kit Fields, Dr. John Jackson, Allison Hobson Davis, Ann Seale,
John Howell, Roz Roy and Ellen Langford. The FRF, Boyd’s adopter, organized art
workshops and provided art supplies.
Thirty art pieces created by Boyd students were featured in
the clothesline event entitled “Come Hang with Us” at The Cedars in Fondren in
May. WAPT-TV filmed the event and aired it on 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news. The
project was also the catalyst to enable the FRF to receive a grant from the
Mississippi Arts Commission to allow students to receive more intense sessions
this school year.
Duration of partnership: 11 years 3 volunteers Impacts 411 students
designed to establish closer relationship with community. For a week in March, students
participated in hour-long workshops with local artists as they prepared for an
art show called “Come Hang With Us.” Fondren Renaissance Foundation organized
workshops and donated art supplies. Auditorium converted to art studio each
day. Student artwork displayed in exhibits organized at school, the Mississippi
Arts Center and the Cedars. Participating artists: Kit Fields, Dr. John
Jackson, Allison Hobson Davis, Ann Seale, John Howell, Roz Roy and Ellen Langford.
noticed 10-20% increase in assessment scores after project implementation.
Student engagement increased by 90%. School’s academic level increased from “at
risk of failing” to “high performing.” PTA meeting attendance increased by more
than 110%; approximately 300 parents, community members viewed student