CHANGING MENTAL MODELS TO AMPLIFY IMPACT

According to Greg Solomon, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD), the biggest challenge we face as arts education advocates is changing mental models. Once we can shift the mindset that the arts are supplemental, the potential for impact is huge! MVUSD, with the help of Jesus Holguin and the school board, became the first district in California to adopt the Declaration of Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning. Receiving a Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant in the Arts they guaranteed special education students were included in the ‘All Students’ portion of the Declaration by establishing first time arts instruction.  He worked during the summer with classroom teachers, teaching artists and curriculum specialists to bring arts integration to five focus schools in Moreno Valley Unified School District. His efforts to complete their District Arts Plan has inspired the district and community to meet their largest goal of constructing a new performing arts center on the campus of Moreno Valley High School.  Greg is making huge strides in bringing all art forms to his students by shifting mental models and coming up with creative ways to create change.