Louisville Creative Centre and School Summary:

The Louisville Creative Centre is a grassroots 501(c)3 recognized non-profit dedicated to arts education, production, and advocacy in the Metro Louisville, Jefferson County, and Kentuckiana area. Our service area covers the whole of the Kentuckiana area as it represents a unique blend of both urban and rural cultures not often found in other parts of the United States. Louisville Creative Centre has been an IRS recognized tax except 501(c)3 corporation since the 20th of February 2009.

It is the aim of the Louisville Creative Centre to open first a community arts and education centre. Secondly, we aim to found the Louisville Creative School, which will be an arts infused education model, coupled with a classical languages education model. The Louisville Creative School will start with pre¬school (ages 3-4), and add no less than one grade level each following year after it is open until the 12th grade. The opening of Louisville Creative School will address the substantial lack of arts education in our community for young children and teens.

Mission Statements:

Louisville Creative Centre

Mission Statement: We believe that those that have received training in the creative arts have a moral and ethical responsibility to return a portion of that training to the community and other up and coming artists. We provide an organized structure to allow for and support professional artists who wish to teach. We also provide an organized structure for individuals from all aspects of society who wish to work closely with professional artists in a structured and organized educational environment.

Goals:

• Provide an organized structure for artists and students to teach and learn

• Provide low cost and high quality arts education to our service area

• Reduce the arts drain in our community by providing for local artists to return to or remain in our area after they have attended formal arts education programs

Louisville Creative School

Mission Statement: The mission of the Louisville Creative School is to prepare students artistically and personally to matriculate into the rigors of academia with classically enriched skills, creativity, integrity and a respect for culturally diverse environments.
Goals:

• Fine Arts Infused Education:

o Young students (ages 3 to 6) experience their world in physical ways, so the many creative arts will be a daily part of the learning environment

o Creative self-expression leads to greater excitement about learning, and development of fine and gross motor skills, in a non-competitive environment.

o The creative arts improves language acquisition because of the narrative nature of children’s art

• Language Arts Infused Education:

o Classical language education improves vocabulary comprehension, cultural understanding, and rational thought

o Learning a second language in childhood is as easy as learning the first language, and greatly increases the ease of third language acquisition

o Foreign language study increases student ability to function in an increasingly multicultural and interconnected world

• Experiential Classical Education:

o Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind, where the early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves.

o Classical education programs include a heavy emphasis on all subject areas of self-expression, including drawing, painting, poetry, literature, history, and the dramatic speaking arts.

o Classical education recognizes the whole child must be developed and taught in accordance with Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, and that the educational methods must adapt to the student

Louisville Creative School Arts Education Models:

Arts Infused Education:

• Early childhood students (ages 3 to 6) will experience their world in physical ways, and the many creative arts will be a daily part of the Louisville Creative School learning environment

• Development of fine and gross motor skills, in a non-competitive environment.

• Creative self-expressions leads to greater excitement about learning

• Improves language acquisition because of the narrative nature of children’s art

Classical Education Model:

• Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind.

o The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves. This classical pattern is called the Trivium.

• The Trivium is comprised of three subjects:

o Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.

• The Quadrivium consisted of four subjects:

o Arithmetic, Geometry (Drawing), Music (Arts), and Astronomy (Science).

• Additionally, in Classical and Medieval education programs drawing, painting, poetry, literature-history, were taught as sub-topics of Rhetoric, Geometry, and Astronomy.

Classical Language Education:

• Francis Bacon wrote that ‘The scholar’s first duty is to learn languages, so that he can communicate with all men of wisdom, learning, and commerce.’

• Classical language education improves vocabulary comprehension, cultural understanding, rational thought through the study of grammar.

• Learning a second language in early childhood is as easy as learning the first language, and greatly increases the ease of third language acquisition

• Increases historical and cultural capital through the study of history of Latin, and its impacts on world history

• Classical language education improves vocabulary comprehension, cultural understanding, and rational thought

• Increases student ability to function in a multicultural world

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