English learners express themselves through Summer Muse program
About a hundred students in the Anchorage School District will weigh in on issues facing their peers through various art forms Friday evening. The showcase is the finale for ASD's Summer Muse program for English language learners.
Natalie Moten, a coordinator for the program the past three years, said this year's art channels heart-felt feelings about loyalty and friendship.
"Some of the art work has an environmental twist to it. Also, they've done poetry, they've done collaborative pieces through spoken word, individual and group poetry," Moten said.
The students, grades 7-12, come from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The summer showcase not only provides a place for new friendships to form, it's also an avenue for the young people to find their voice.
"They have a story to tell. Sometimes those stories they don't get to tell them in a normal classroom setting," Moten said. "But through this program we allow them to be creative, which is kind of like that muse thing is that they find something that they're interested in and it just sparks them. It sparks their creativity, it sparks their language development."
The Summer Muse showcase begins at 6 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum downtown. Admission to the museum is free for First Friday.
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