The Huntington’s Education Department has been working with our entire student body on a creative art project in which the students have become the illustrators of Octavia E. Butler’s work. In addition, our fifth and sixth graders are also working with The Huntington’s educators on a science fiction writing project, using Butler’s work as inspiration for their own writing. This once in a lifetime opportunity will conclude with an exhibit of Rockdale’s students’ artwork, at the first exhibition of Butler’s work at The Huntington from April 8- August 7, 2016.
Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was a renowned, award-winning, local, African American, female science fiction writer. Her papers have resided at The Huntington since 2008. The collection includes extensive drafts, notes, and research materials for more than a dozen novels, numerous short stories, and essays, as well as correspondence, ephemera, and assorted books. Our students are extremely fortunate to be a part of this project, and we thank The Huntington for their generous, ongoing support. For more information about Octavia E. Butler at The Huntington go to: http://www.huntington.org/octaviabutler/
In a LA Times article, http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-lausd-arts-20151102-story.html it was reported that "Research shows that arts education bolsters student achievement and contributes to stronger participation in student activities." Rockdale is proud to rank #5 out of just 35 schools in LAUSD to receive an "A" rating on LAUSD's Art Equity Index. At Rockdale, our entire community is committed to making sure that the arts is an integral part of our students' education. http://schools.latimes.com/en/grading-the-arts/