This study was funded by the Allied Arts Council of Cleveland and Bradley County. Students were given the opportunity to learn Native American history, culture, and art through hands-on experience. Students were taught and modeled the artistic techniques of multiple Native American Groups throughout the United States.
Students were guided and instructed by Jared Barton, a native of Cleveland who graduated from Bradley Central High School and Lee University. Barton said he has a passion for education and Native American history and culture. The fourth-grade class constructed tepee models, coil pottery, and ceremonial masks used by Native Americans across the United States.
The Allied Arts Council made it possible for the fourth graders of Blythe-Bower to experience the arts in a deeper and more meaningful way.