The students of Charles Olbon School in Woodland Park participated in a 20 day Arts Integration Residency funded by NJ State Council on the Arts grant, where students experienced West African music, storytelling, and traditions.
The teaching artist, Candace Hundley-Kamate, and a percussionist visited a kindergarten, first grade and second grade and one physical education class each week. During the 40-minute session, students explored the various instruments used to create traditional West African music and practiced dance movements that tell a specific story. Each class learned a different story they performed for their peers at an assembly last week.
The administration was pleased to provide this experience to the students. Both students and administration are grateful to the NJ State Council on the Arts for the opportunity.