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Art Bento Program at HiSAM

Opportunity for Hawaii Elementary Schools in Eligible
Regions to Participate in Field Trips and Learning Programs

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Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA)

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03/06/20 4:00 PM HST


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Opportunity for Hawaii elementary public and charter schools in eligible regions to participate in an arts-themed field trip and learning experience. This program consists of professional development for teachers, a visit to an arts museum, and a classroom visit by an artist. This program should benefit the residents of Oahu.

Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) is pleased to offer the Art Bento Program at HiSAM, a standards-based museum education program. Students grades 2 – 6 explore the theme “Responding to Art,” along with their teachers. Artworks from the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection, on view at the Hawai`i State Art Museum (HiSAM), serve as a catalyst to communication and connection. Activities foster 21st Century learning skills: careful observation, critical thinking, incisive listening, and thoughtful speech.

A Unique 4-Part Museum Learning Experience:

  1. A Professional development session for teachers (1 hour). A trained Teaching Artist (TA) models the responding process of ODIE: Observe, Describe, Interpret and cite Evidence for thinking. Classroom teachers then practice facilitating conversations using this engagement strategy, which corresponds to Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Levels 3 & 4 thinking. 
  2. A classroom visit follows, with students introduced to ODIE by “their” TA, followed by the start of a standards-based fine art lesson. 
  3. The Museum visit: Students experience an inquiry-based guided tour in HiSAM’s galleries, practice ODIE, and continue art-making with their TA. An “I Love Art Gallery” visit provides hands-on learning and a snack provides sustenance! 
  4. Art Bento concludes with a final classroom visit by the TA. Participants reflect on connections made through the museum visit (seeing the real art) and the art-making experience; concepts and vocabulary are reviewed.

The Art Bento Concept is compact, cohesive and modular (like the convenient lunch-time favorite). Each segment complements the last and scaffolds to the next. Inquiry-based activities connect to current Fine Arts and ELA Common Core Standards.

Art Bento Objectives:

  • Increase opportunities for arts education
  • Develop literacy through the arts using arts-based inquiry strategies;
  • Actively engage students and teachers through observation, discussion and critical thinking.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153600

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no cost to schools to participate in the program. In addition, the program also provides funds for bus transportation to the museum.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Oahu elementary public and charter schools are eligible. At the time of application, a school must have been in operation, providing services to its students, for a minimum of one semester. First time applications may take precedence over those from schools that have participated two years in a row.

Requirements for School Selection:

For the 2020-21 school year, schools will be selected based on the following requirements:

1. A minimum of six classes is required to participate in the Art Bento Program @ HiSAM. Classes must be grouped by grade level, i.e. (3) Grade 4 classes, (3) Grade 5 classes.

2. Only one application per school with a maximum of 12 classes to be served.

3. Commitment from administration and participating faculty to:

a. Designate a staff person to be point of contact for the school and coordinate the residency schedule and deliverables. The required Instructional time per class is 45-60 minutes for pre and post visits and half-a-day for the museum field trip;

b. Designate a classroom space where the teaching artist can establish a “residency” to do the art activities. Please note – visual arts sessions require tables and a sink while dance, drama, and music require an open cleared space to comfortably fit all participants;

c. Schedule a 30 minute orientation session and an hour-long professional development for all participating teachers, led by a Teaching Artist, as part of the Art Bento Program @ HiSAM residency, prior to sessions with students;

d. Participate fully in all residency activities as well as facilitate three discussions with students based on art reproductions provided by the Art Bento Program. Participating teachers will complete and submit a Response to Art Worksheet for each discussion;

e. Notify the state representative and senator from the school’s district, in writing, of the receipt of an Art Bento residency. The notification should thank the legislators for funding the Art Bento Program through support for the HSFCA’s Art in Public Places Program, and invite the legislators to observe some part of the Art Bento residency. A copy of the notification shall be provided to the Art Bento Program Coordinator;

f. Complete a final online program evaluation – due 2 weeks after residency ends.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for Art Bento School Year 2020-21 is Friday, March 6, 2020.

Schools will be notified of the selection results by late May.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application may be submitted via email in PDF, mail, or fax to:

Loke Simon

Hawai`i Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 3948, Honolulu, HI 96812-3948
Telephone No. 533-2787

For additional information, contact:

Susan Hogan, Museum Educator

Fax: 526-9040

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii: Oahu

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