Lower School

Kindergarten through 2nd grade musicians learned and performed Andra Day’s song “Stand Up for Something” and dove into the questions: Why is it important to stand up for something? What do we stand up for? What might it look like to stand up for something? 
Our artists responded to the song: “Stand Up for Something” with a 4’x4’ collaborative mural. Students looked at examples of local mural art that expressed a positive message to their community. Each mural combines the sketches and ideas from all art students as well as collaged drawings from the music students.

3rd grade musicians answered the question, “Why do people make music?” and sang, played, and created choreography to our version of the Buffalo Springfield song “For What it’s Worth” to remind the community to always be aware of what is happening all around us.
Inspired by Afrofuturist Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru Third, 3rd grade artists created and imagined futuristic goggles that have special powers to bring injustice all around us into focus. Their message to our community is that we need to look closer and not turn a blind eye to injustice.

What does it mean to be a part of a community? Tell me about Justice. 4th grade musicians listened and learned about Sun Ra, an artist who makes music in the name of justice and learned about the Afrofuturist movement. They imagined radically just futures and then explored a wide variety of instruments collecting and creating eclectic, futuristic music to create a soundscape to accompany their classmate’s art projects.
4th graders wrote monologues from the perspective of characters in the year 2095 and beyond. They thought about the current problems facing humanity and then envisioned a future in which those problems were solved or transformed. Their monologues are letters from the future, written to their present selves.
Inspired by Afrofuturist artists, 4th and 5th graders created collages that envisioned a more just future world.


In 5th grade drama, students discussed equity and collaborated to express the journey from inequality to equity through body and voice. They created three linked tableaus accompanied with a single word title to illustrate the pain of inequality moving transmuting into the power of equity.