To advocate for the arts and learn more about the Iowa City community, Senior VP for Education at the Kennedy Center, Mario Rossero visited this fall. During his stay, Mr. Rossero observed “Visiting Author” Delia Ray, presenting to 5th and 6th graders. He visited Buffy Quintero’s 4th grade art class at Longfellow Elementary, masterfully creating tree houses of various designs. After meeting with Pam Ehly, retired Director of Curriculum, who provided status of the district and historical information on communities, Mr. Rossero visited South East Junior High School. Principal Michelle Cook gave a tour of the school. Stopping in the new Maker Space, teacher-librarian Chelsea Sims, explained what options students have to be creative. Observing Dr. Rachael Arnone’s art class provided another look at inspiring artistic spaces.
Mark Ginsberg of MC Ginsberg Objects of Art hosted a luncheon to welcome Mr. Rossero and inform guests about Any Given Child. Mr. Rossero provided information on Any Given Child programs nationwide and how the program directly benefits communities, businesses, and school systems.
Ending the day was a meeting with elementary and junior high principals and a reception to thank Mr. Rossero for his visit. The Grant Wood Anthem Choir, directed by Rebecca Oglivie, performed beautifully as well as instrumentalists from Northwest Junior High School. Art work was on display from seven various elementary art classrooms.