Creating Language Through Arts
Fundraiser for Springboard for the Arts

Liza raising money for Springboard for the Arts

A fiscally sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts. To give to Springboard:

Creating Language Through Arts is composed of a small group of artists and teachers- Angela Olson a hearing person and a professional puppeteer, Liza Sylvestre a visual artist who is hard of hearing (Cochlear Implant recipient) and Canae Weiss a dancer who has been deaf since birth. We come from different artistic disciplines, and we have varying hearing abilities. Collectively we believe that art can be used to bridge the gaps presented by communication barriers.

As artists and teachers we are interested in building bridges through art learning and practice. Collectively, we believe in art as a means of communicating to a wide variety of audiences with varied language, experience, backgrounds and cultures. We view art as the hinge which connects these different experiences together.

Currently we teach art classes at Four Seasons Elementary in St. Paul, MN. Four Seasons is a public Arts Magnet School with a Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing program. Our lesson plans encourage our students to think about how art can be used as a vocabulary and as a way of communicating that transcends speech and hearing.

Our programming is funded by the MN State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Grants from these organizations require us to provide some matching funds. We thank you profoundly for your donoation. Please know that it will be use to provide class hours for our students!

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