Creative Connections

at Sankofa United

Creative Connections is a partnership between Sankofa United and Peralta Elementary that is designed to: (a) address the glaring disparities in access to arts education between the two schools, and (b) build community and leadership between the two school communities. Creative Connections, which is co-funded by the Peralta Parent Teacher Association, will hire a Dance Instructor (Sankofa), and a Visual Arts & Music Instructor (Peralta) to teach weekly, 90-minute classes to each 2nd-5th grade classroom in their school. Similar to “reading buddy programs” the two campuses will create an “arts buddy” model, pairing older classrooms with younger classrooms (ex. 3rd graders will teach Kindergarteners), and students will walk to their buddy school weekly to spend 45 minutes sharing what they’ve learned, and creating new work with their younger buddies. The program will culminate in permanent visual art installations between both schools, showcases at Rockridge and Temescal Libraries, and 3 dance performances throughout the year.