Getting Ready

A group of faculty members interested in trying the curriculum met with the project coordinators from The Waterways Project of Ten Penny Players, Inc.  Several of these teachers were already using visual arts in their teaching methods, and all of them were hoping that this project would help motivate students and give them a way of expressing their thoughts, especially since many of the students at Rikers are deficient in language skills such as reading and vocabulary.  It was also hoped that having the students see their work actually published in a chapbook they could show to others would increase their sense of self worth and be a source of encouragement.