Artists On The Rise!

Artists On The Rise!

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep,”

– Scott Adams.

overview of class with students sitting at desks.The Talented and Gifted (TAG) Latino Program and Project Alerta Program combined had their photography class split into three today going around photographing other classes; such as, coding, basketball and art. I had the pleasure of joining the art group.

image of a piece of art by a studentThe image above is an art piece re-illustrated by one of the TAG/Alerta students, Felipe. The classroom was very quiet, as the students were focusing on their pieces. You could really see all the hard work they were trying to implement into their art.

I also had the pleasure of speaking to one of the TA’s (Teaching Assistant) from TAG who helped run the art class, and get a glimpse of the program.

image of students taking a picture of another students art work.I had asked KeeShawn, the TA, about his time in the program and what he most enjoys about TAG/Alerta.

He has been involved in the program for five years as a student and had received an email offering him an opportunity to be a TA: he took it! He enjoys being in TAG/Alerta, he had emphasized how friendly the community was and how he was given the freedom to run his own classes.

image of students taking a picture of another students art work.I then proceeded to ask, “How do you think TAG/Alerta helps the students (or plans to) long term” and the answer could not have been more well put.

According to KeeShawn, TAG/Alerta aims to help their students get a better understanding of the culture and language here, in the United States, because the students are not all from here.

Along with helping them try to get a better understanding of the U.S culture, the team at TAG/Alerta also aims to help the students get to know themselves, to try to figure out who they are and what they excel in, in order to amplify their strengths and talents. This allows them to break out of their shells and be more open and engaged with other students, staff members and the different activities that are held.

When you are able to grasp onto a better sense of who you are, it makes finding what you love to do and want you want to do in the future so much easier.