CDI has just concluded its two-week residency at Randolph, where students met daily for 45 minutes with CDI instructors, incorporating live music, imagery, sign language, silent instruction, problem-solving skills, and ended the program with a public performance on Halloween.
But for an elementary school like Randolph, one in need of additional arts education, what comes next?
Half- and full-year programs are offered by CDI, where classes meet once a week for 45 minutes and perform publicly multiple times. Yet the struggle to properly fit a school’s budgetary and scheduling needs can be challenging for a variety of reasons, especially for the Englewood/Gresham Elementary Network.
“I would just love to see it continue,” Harper says. “If other schools have the arts, why don’t we have it? We need it. I think it’s all a matter of someone fighting for it. The money is there, you just need someone to fight for it.”
I liked school and disliked art class because I have zero inherent artistic talent, but I had friends for whom arts and music classes were the only reasons they got up and suffered through the other subjects they hated or did poorly in. If you give kids something they love to get them in the door, some part of their day that feels good and right, they’ll be less likely to fight you on the rest of it.
But I suppose in our new “fuck you, I’ve got mine” culture, that’s not important anymore.