Sorensen Elementary Magnet School for the Arts & Humanities was created from adversity and has grown into a thriving hub of education, community and the arts. Faced in 2006 with declining enrollment, low test-scores, and costly building upgrades, difficult discussions were held about the future of the neighborhood school. Affected families, staff, administration and the community worked together to develop a plan to transform Sorensen into a magnet school for the arts. The school underwent major renovations in 2012.
WHAT IS THE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE (AIR) PROGRAM?
One of the keys to Sorensen's transformation is the Artist-in-Residence program, which brings in outside professionals to supplement the existing arts-integrated curriculum.
Residents spend one to two weeks teaching Sorensen’s K-6 population, often resulting in a culminating performance, artwork, etc., although Sorensen has also had shorter residencies working with only a select population, such as one grade for a few days.
Focus areas include visual art, motion art, music, dance, theater, juggling, literature, creative writing and culture/humanities.
The Artist-in-Residence program is funded through proceeds from an annual auction, organized and carried out by the Sorensen community of family, friends and businesses. Here is one of the auction VIDEOS which shows how some of that funding is applied at Sorensen.