We enable, explore and curate critical processes that effect social change through a variety of ways and means. He is currently the Fine Arts department chair and a teacher at Washington High School in Fremont, California, where his specialty is designing and delivering student-driven, arts-focused interdisciplinary curriculum and fostering cultures of critical thinking and reflection.
Now with a clear mandate, and a focus on our culturally rich metropolitan area, there are real opportunities for him to celebrate what is happening at grass-roots level alongside the offer of our bigger cultural players, whilst investing in culture and the arts as social determinants of health and wellbeing, for long-term social change.
We are surrounded by music every day, enjoy it for relaxation, and may dance to it, yet many of us have not experienced music in our school lives beyond learning the alphabet through singing it. And many others have only experienced music in school during a weekly forty-five minute class period.
In addition to working with students who have mobility, visual, and hearing impairments, the Center assists a significant number of students with learning disabilities and many others with chronic impairments, such as diabetes, cancer, HIV infection, psychiatric illness, head trauma, and seizure disorders.
What Bates and many other arts-integrated schools across the country are showing is that by creating a richer, more memorable learning experience through the arts, they unleash not only a rising tide of academic achievement but they lay the foundation for what it means to be a truly creative community.