Mark Graham, chair of the art department at Schreiber High School, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the National Art Education Association to examine Latino students' attitudes towards the arts.
The grant, for the period June 2002 to June 2003, will involve students in grades 9-12 at Schreiber as well as the Heritage School in Spanish Harlem. The purpose of the grant, says Mr. Graham, will be to examine how the arts play an important role in the education of Latino students. "There are different ways people learn, and the schools' primary focus is on reading and talking," explains Mr. Graham. "But the arts have other ways of communicating knowledge. We want to examine how the arts can be a catalyst to a student's understanding."
Mr. Graham, whose previous grants include an award from the Getty Institute for Education in the Arts to examine artistic development among adolescents, will be interviewing students at Schreiber and at the Heritage School, which is affiliated with Columbia University.