A WEEK In The Arts

April 25-27, 2023 is the week for this year’s A Week in the Arts.


AWeek in the Arts (“AWITA”) is…

An arts infused learning experience.

An opportunity to learn and create with community artists and make connections to all areas of learning.

Why the Arts?

The arts are an essential part of educating our youth. Imagination and creativity takes learned skills to a new level. The arts teach to multiple intelligences. Studies show that children actively involved in the fine arts are more likely to achieve success.

When and where is A Day in the Arts?

From 8:30-11:20am, each grade level will participate in three morning workshops with different community artists and parent volunteers.

Creative writing and assessment will follow, with an all-school workshop in the afternoon.


Who is involved?

All Hanawalt students and staff, parents, PTA and Hanawalt community

Community artists

Coordinated by:

AWITA Committee

Sarah Sheeley, Visual Arts Educator

Brock Van Loon, Physical Education

Austin Mustain, Music Educator


How are we able to do this?

Realizing the necessity of a strong fine arts education for our children’s success, and recognizing the fine arts as an essential core academic subject, AWITA is funded by our Hanawalt Community PTA, Hanawalt students, Reiman Music, Girl Scout troops and the Hanawalt Education Advocacy Team (“H.E.A.T.”).




Task teams will meet once in the fall then once a month from January to April. This committee will participate in the planning and implementation of ADITA in April. Multiple volunteers are wanted for each task team, to lighten the work load. Below are the task teams and their responsibilities:


Set Up/Tear Down & Signage:

Be at Hanawalt to set up workshops the afternoon before AWITA takes place. Place signs and posters around school for the event. Also, need to be at Hanawalt the day of the event to clean up after the morning workshops.


Work in tandem with the art and music educators to order and get all supplies needed for artists and workshops.

Media & Communication:

In charge of inviting DMPS administration, school board members and VIPs. Regular communication with local TV stations, newspaper, radio and PTA/Hanawalt community.

“Day Of” Volunteers:

Secure volunteers for each workshop and other areas as needed for the day. Be at Hanawalt the morning of the event to welcome volunteers and help them to their area. Also in charge of getting feedback from volunteers and sending a thank you.

Artist Biographies & Student Fliers:

Create a packet of background information, with the assistance of the art and music educators, about each guest artist. Create fliers, with the same information, that will be distributed to each student and their families.

Artist Contact:

Serve as liaison between our guest artists and the AWITA committee task teams. Communicate all information to and from our guest artists.


Greet and welcome all visitors during AWITA. Purchase and set up refreshment area for artist and volunteers. Work with 5th grade ambassadors to greet artist as they arrive.

Interested in volunteering for an AWITA Task Team?!

Please contact Sarah Sheeley sarah.sheeley@dmschools.org