Leap focuses on establishing an arts-integral education system, which helps children to attain academic success and achieve their full potential as creative thinkers. Hands-on arts residency programs partner with professionals in architecture, music, creative writing, and visual art to complement schools' academic curriculum for 6,900 students across more than 30 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In March, Leap will enlist the skills of architect Rafael Cazorla to enhance the learning environment of third- through fifth-graders at McCoppin Elementary School. Under Cazorla's guidance, children will design scale drawings and build architectural models that draw inspiration from the existing structures in the surrounding neighborhood. While constructing a to-scale bridge or building, students use mathematic skills to measure distances, science principles to solve structural problems, and drawing exercises to clarify perception and develop artistic skill. Leap aims to raise $3,250 to completely fund the six-week program, including all supplies and the teaching hours of the architect.
Join G-Team and donate $13 or $29 to help children learn academic skills through architecture. If G-Team members raise $300, with donations matched up to $300 by an anonymous donor, then Leap can supply glue, cardboard, tape measures, masking tape, board, and paper for students to build architectural models during the six-week residency program. Each additional $13 raised will go toward covering operation costs, including the resident architect’s teaching hours, for the duration of the program. G-Team members who donate $29 and redeem their vouchers online will receive a set of blank Leap greeting cards.
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All donations will be matched up to $300 by an anonymous donor.
In 1978, California passed Proposition 13, which reduced property taxes, therefore decreasing state funding for education and eliminating the arts from many public elementary schools. Leap began in 1979 in response to this measure to ensure students could still participate in the arts. The organization uses residency programs in which professional teaching artists work in elementary and middle schools to enhance existing curricula with several weeks of expert guidance in painting, sculpting, dance, architecture, music, and theater. From serving 180 students in one school in its first year, Leap has grown to work with 8,000 students in more than 40 schools in the Bay Area, helping them to develop creativity and problem-solving skills and increase their self-esteem.