The Visual and Performing Arts Department of the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) is leading the way in student success by encouraging artful healing during this challenging time of uncertainty. In 2020, the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator and a team of educators, professional development specialists, and counselors implemented a district-wide initiative, Document Today. The focus of the program is to use the arts for student mental wellness and to document this historic time period from the students' perspectives.
The Document Today platform is an intentional approach encouraging students to use the arts to share their feelings and express how they are coping. Teacher training is provided in every arts discipline and supports integration and utilization of the arts in the social-emotional wellness of the student and teacher.
Once artwork is created, students can submit their pieces to a student archive capturing the lived experiences of students during this time so their individual voices can be heard.
Through an upcoming social media campaign, MVUSD will expand the reach of Document Today beyond the classroom by encouraging its families and community members to engage with its mission at home. By sharing their expressive works of arts under the hashtag, #MVUSDDocToday, all participants will help establish a digital movement promoting wellness and healing through the arts.
Initiatives like Document Today are essential for students to explore and express their emotional health and create connections with teachers. Read more about the Document Today initiative HERE, and check out the video below. Follow @Morenovalleyusd and @morenovalleyusdvapa on all social media platforms to stay connected with the #MVUSDDocToday campaign.
We are now accepting MVUSD Student Art, Music, Dance, Theater and Literary Arts into our MVUSD Archive. To participate in our Document Today Archive please click the button below.