Because we are a Fine Arts Magnet school, Beaumont Magnet Academy uses dance, theater, visual arts, music, and museum partnerships to provide an enriched curriculum to our students. We propose moving our arts integrated curriculum beyond the classroom walls and combining it with the excitement of outdoor education. We will repurpose existing but underutilized infrastructure on our playground to create areas for creative exploration, performances and presentations. These structures will be available to students during instructional time and recess and to community members during family engagement events and open playground hours. This grant will provide high quality outdoor educational experiences that reinforce Beaumont's arts integrated curriculum.
The BMA playground is a large expanse of underutilized space, including two muddy drainage fields, underused asphalt, and broken and abandoned play equipment. Safety concerns include the low levels of mulch that prevent community groups from using the area, and a lack of shade.
BMA proposes building elevated composite decking over the two drainage fields on our playground, converting one into a theatrical state with an interactive arts backdrop, and the other into an amphitheater with benches for class and community meetings. Water can flow between the decking materials to maintain drainage. Additionally, musical playground equipment will be added to the stage area, allowing student musicians to accompany the performance on the stage or to hone their craft during recess.
Two underused asphalt areas — a rectangular pad connected to the playground and a track encircling the playground — will be painted with colorful and kinesthetic learning games. The playground entrance will become more inviting with a decorative arch and pickets, as well as permanent mosaic work on the stairs that students will be invited to help create.
To better protect students from increased sun and heat exposure, we will add several mature shade trees. We will also increase the levels of mulch to comply with safety standards for other after-school and community groups.
Finally, the staircase, ramp, and chain link gate at the entrance to the BMA playground do nothing to inspire visitors about what they will see, do, and learn in our new arts integrated outdoor learning space. The staircase leading to the playground will be decorated with colorful mosaic designs. The mosaic project will give students and community members an opportunity to learn from a visiting artist while reinforcing concepts taught in art class. An arch will be added to the entrance gate and the entrance area will be decorated with imagery of pencils, paintbrushes, rulers, compasses, musical instruments, and books.
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Based on America’s votes, Farmers will award the six visionary proposals with the most votes with $100,000 each. Winners will be announced in December.