Fairmont State University 2017 ATP students will collaborate with a partner school in the Marion County School District to develop a childhood enrichment program centered on creating a sense of pride, identity, and confidence through achievement in Appalachian traditional arts. The intent of this ATP project is to bring the known benefits of early-childhood enrichment through the arts to children in an economically depressed area using heritage Appalachian arts and skills. The process will be contextualized within the history of Appalachia as a region of resiliency with a tradition of using one’s own skills and abilities to make a better life. Gaining tangible skills can help young children develop a sense of agency and achievement and a belief in their ability to affect their own lives.
ATP students will work with at least one school and at least two traditional arts practitioners to teach the skills and traditions to children and teachers and will develop a prototype program centered on these heritage arts for continuing use by schools.
Interim Director, West Virginia Folklife Center
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
Telephone: (719) 200-5296
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