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Arts and Education: SPARK! Ignite Missoula

MISSOULA – Have you ever thought about using art as a way to learn science? Or maybe using dance to solve a math problem?

Well, unique learning habits is what SPARK! Ignite Missoula is all about.  It’s an initiative from the John F.  Kennedy Center for the performing arts in Washington, DC — and they basically have one goal.

“Really short and sweet, we bring more art into the MCPS school district,” SPARK! Ignite Missoula Learning Director Sienna Solber said.

They accomplish their goals by using three different methods.

One, they advocate for more art classes and more art teachers. Secondly. they push for more art enhancement opportunities and experiences. And finally, SPARK! brings art teacher into the classroom to teach content like math or science through art techniques.

It’s a concept that will be put into place this year at one of our local schools.

”Chief Charlo this year is focusing on dance integration through their math classes,” Solber said.  “They are going to learn fractions through movement, or adding through dance steps and counting.”

Learning content like math through art may seem different to some, however, studies have shown this can have great benefits.

“Kids are remembering things for longer; they are also having fun and not even realizing they are learning. I have heard from kids themselves that have said, ‘usually, I am not into math but today I learned something or I figured it out finally’,” Solber concluded.

Click here to learn more about SPARK! Ignite Missoula

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