Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ada's Violin: The Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

We had the fantastic opportunity to visit the new Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center recently to see the "Book It Theater" perform a play based on the uplifting true story Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood. 

If you are not familiar with this heartwarming story of creativity and artistic passion overcoming adversity, here it is read aloud:

This story is an inspiring tale of a group of people who help students living in poverty create music and opportunity from the garbage in the landfill near where they live. It was also a GREAT way to start thinking about how to upcycle/recycle/use materials creatively before starting into our unit on inventions.

After seeing the play, our art and performing arts teachers led the students to create their own recycled musical instruments in MakerSpace. Look how well they turned out:

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