The treasurer of the Rapids Theatre Restoration Board, Norma Jansma, called me today asking for my help in getting the Rapids Theatre on the State Register of Historic Places.
In my original report I stated that the committee was trying to get on the National Register of Historic Places, which Jansma claimed may still be accurate. Now, however, the board would like my assistance in applying for the State Register.
I will begin my work on this new project as soon as the board verifies accuracy of my initial case study research. Once this research is approved by the board, I will use it in the State Register application process.
Thank you Rapids Theater committee. I am honored to do what I can to help this long-time treasure be restored and remembered by many.
Take a look at this Artist PLC program proposal. I put this program together for the purposes of encouraging continued art making and reaping the benefits of a strong collaborative art community.
This Artist PLC will bring together diverse creative and artistic people from the area. It will be organized as a professional development PLC in which participants will grow personally and professionally.
The potential benefits of establishing this program are the strengthening of the artist community and the individual artists themselves. This growth comes from collective energies and a unified mission of the proposed group. These benefits are supported by research from DuFour (1998 & 2014), Foord & Haar (2008 & 2012) and Gillies (2007).
Artist PLC narrated presentation, 2014
Just finished my first case study today. Well, it was my first intentional, purposeful case study. One of the most important things I learned in doing the fieldwork and documentation of my case study is that site-based learning is one of the most perfectly matched activities to my interests and preferred learning styles.
This initial assignment activity has become a personal mission. I am fully committed to continuing my dedication to the Rapids Theatre Restoration project. First, I will further develop my research and documentation of the past, present, and future work associated with the restoration. Also, I will volunteer in traditional avenues such as hands-on labor when tasks arise and in specialty avenues such as designing education materials to help promote the program.
Follow this link to the ISSUU publication, Rapids Theatre Restoration Project: A Case Study, to see images of the building in various stages of progress and to read a summary of the project to date.
ISSUU.com Publication of Rapids Theatre Restoration Project Book, 2014
-K - 12 Visual Arts Educator