Education for the Arts

(C) Estate of Charley Harper 2008

Charley Harper is famous in the art world for his simplistic views of nature. Birds, trees, and plants are depicted with lines, bold colors and carefully arranged, geometric shapes. That simplicity attracted the Kalamazoo Nature Center. It’s brought in an exhibit of Harper’s work to use as a teaching tool.

Courtesy of Washington Productions, Incorporated

The art of storytelling in the African American community is one that has dated back centuries. Because this kind of storytelling is so steeped in history, it has become even more important to make sure that stories of civil rights, racial equality, and breaking barriers are made relevant to youngsters - and adults - in the 21st century.