Though Oklahoma is home to a rich tradition in the arts, arts education doesn't always top the priorities list for my state's voters and lawmakers.
That's part of why programs like Artists in the Schools via the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa are so important. AIS brings working, teaching artists into seven of my local school districts in more than 150 schools, to 65,000 students.
I'm delighted to say I have been accepted to join this program, which turns 50 this year, as a teaching artist. I will offer students and teachers a selection of workshops in textiles—weaving, macrame, and sheep-to-shawl education, mostly—with the aim to show kids how to approach the fiber arts as a way to learn about, coexist with, and celebrate the natural world. Like the workshops in weaving and macrame that I offer through House Sparrow Fine Nesting, these courses will offer a way for students to learn new hand-skills, build confidence, and make something beautiful they can enjoy for years to come.
I'm eager to get started and to be part of what's to come.