Save Our Schools, a national organization that seeks to preserve and transform public education, will hold two Artful Resistance events this weekend.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, a community discussion on high stakes testing as it affects children, teachers and school communities will be held at 10 a.m. at Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, followed by art activities in break-out sessions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will be repeated on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, with discussion at 1 p.m. and art break-out sessions from 2 to 5 p.m.
Artful Resistance events are part of a nationwide campaign that invites parents, teachers, students and community members to respond to negative effects that high stakes testing and other education policies have on schools and students. With guidance by facilitators, participants use various art forms such as poetry and painting to express what they love about their schools and education; what has been lost due to the emphasis on tests; and visions of inspiring and meaningful public education, according to event organizers.
Cookies, drinks and other refreshments will be provided.
For further information or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For more information on Artful Resistance, go to saveourschoolsmarch.org.