Student Interview Transcripts: 

Phase 2 of the Listening Campaign

Interviewee: 11 year old student, Black female Student, San Leandro

I: [00:00:00:01] We are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so we can make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

Student: [00:00:00:18] Yes.

I: [00:00:00:20] What is your role? Student, parent, teacher or community member?

Student: [00:00:00:24] Community member… A student.

I: [00:00:00:30]  How old are you?

Student: [00:00:00:31]  I’m 11.

I: [00:00:00:33]  Gender?

Student: [00:00:00:34]  Female.

I: [00:00:00:36]  Ethnicity?

Student: [00:00:00:40]  Black.

I: [00:00:00:42]  Neighborhood?

Student: [00:00:00:44]  San Leandro.

I: [00:00:00:47]  What makes you want to go school everyday?

Student: [00:00:00:49]  Can you repeat it?

I: [00:00:00:58]  What makes you want to go to school everyday?

Student: [00:00:01:01]:  What makes me want to go to school… cause I love learning and I like my education and I love to learn a lot of stuff, learn new stuff every single day.

I: [00:00:01:31]  When I say the arts what comes to mind?

Student: [00:00:01:34]  Pictures, painting.  Yeah, pictures and painting.

I: [00:00:01:48]  I think the arts are all these things; painting, drawing, instrumental music, drama, acting, singing, poetry, dancing.  Do you do any of these things in school or after school or in a program or at home?

Student: [00:00:02:11]  I do it mostly everywhere. 

I: [00:00:02:17]  Alright.  What do you think of when I say arts education?

Student: [00:00:02:24]  Like, making new art.  Art that is painted by artist making new pictures and stuff. 

I: [00:00:02:57]  Does your school include arts education?

Student: [00:00:03:03]  Yes.  It does.

I: [00:00:03:04]  What does creativity mean to you?

Student: [00:00:03:08]  Creativity means to me creating new things in the world and seeing the future in front of you.

I: [00:00:03:20]  What ignites…What ignites your creativity, imagination and passion?

Student: [00:00:03:27] Can you explain the word ignites?

I: [00:00:03:30]  Ignites being like What makes you creative.  What makes you imagine new things,  What inspires you?

Student: [00:00:03:45]  When I see others people’s work.  I don’t copy them but I make something out of theirs and just (3:53-55 put what’s in my mind ??) and create it. 

I: [00:00:03:56]  So you’re inspired by other people?

Student: [00:00:03:59]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:04:01]  What can your school do to inspire your creativity?

Student: [00:00:04:09]  They could help me build stuff and… yeah, build stuff that I’m creating, if I need help. 

I: [00:00:04:28]  Do you think you’re getting the most out of your education?

Student: [00:00:04:35]  Yes.

I: [00:00:04:36]  Do you believe you’re in a safe learning community?

Student: [00:00:04:40]  Mmhmm.

I: [00:00:04:42]  What opportunities are opening up for you from your education?

Student: [00:00:04:50]  Other people.

I: [00:00:05:01]  When I say opportunities I mean like, from what you’ve learned what things have opened up for you likeM are you good at writing?  That could help you become like a writer one day or if you’re really good at math you could become a mathematician. So from like the education that you’ve gotten so far what do you feel like opportunities you have open to you?

Student: [00:00:05:36]  Dancing and math; I’m good at.

I: [00:00:05:44]  Do your teachers help you succeed?

Student: [00:00:05:46]  Yes.

I: [00:00:05:48]  Is school relevant to what you want out of life?

Student: [00:00:05:51]  Mmhmm.

I: [00:00:05:56]  What do you want out of life and what do you need from your school?

Student: [00:00:06:01]  I need when I’m stuck with any problems I need their help with that problem.

I: [00:00:06:15]  Do you feel like you’re getting the education you need to prepare for adulthood?

Student: [00:00:06:20]  Yes.

I: [00:00:06:21]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

Student: [00:00:06:28]  Can you repeat that question?

I: [00:00:06:30]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?  Like how does art help you learn or does art help you learn?

Student: [00:00:06:43]  Art helps me learn. 

I: [00:00:06:51]  Thank you for your time.

Interviewee: 11 year old student, Black female, San Leandro

I: [00:00:06:53] We are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so we can make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

Student: [00:00:07:11]  Yes.

I: [00:00:07:12]  What is your role? Student, parent, teacher or community member?

Student: [00:00:07:17]  I’m a student.

I: [00:00:07:19]  What is your age?

Student: [00:00:07:21]  I’m 11.

I: [00:00:07:22]  Gender?

Student: [00:00:07:23]  Female.

I: [00:00:07:24]  Ethnicity?

Student: [00:00:07:28]  Black.

I: [00:00:07:30]  Neighborhood?

Student: [00:00:07:32]  San Leandro

I: [00:00:07:34]  What makes you want to attend to school everyday?

Student: [00:00:07:37] The education that they give us.

I: [00:00:07:41]  When I say the arts, what comes to mind?

Student: [00:00:07:46]  Dance, music, sketch, drawing, coloring.

I: [00:00:07:56]  Do you do any of these things in school, after school or in a weekend program or at home?

Student: [00:00:08:02] I do dance after school here at REACH. 

I: [00:00:08:07]  What do you think of when I say arts education?

Student: [00:00:08:11]  They educate you probably how to dance.  How to sketch.  How to make t-shirts, like that.

I: [00:00:08:22]  Does your school include arts education?

Student: [00:00:08:25]  Yeah.  Our school includes arts, arts and crafts and yeah.

I: [00:00:08:32]  What does creativity mean to you?

Student: [00:00:08:36]  For me it means like sketching cause I like to sketch a lot at home.

I: [00:00:08:44]  What ignites your creativity, imagination and passion?

Student: [00:00:08:50]  (whisper) What does ignite mean?

I: [00:00:08:51]  Ignite is, what inspires you, what makes you creative, what makes your imagination go wild.  What makes your passionate.

Student: [00:00:09:05]  Well what makes me passionate is when I do dance or sketch or something I feel like I’m free.  I can do whatever I want.  I don’t have to be told by other people to do this.  Yeah they teach you how to do dance moves but I can be free in a dance room and I don’t have to stay in a seat and listen to them everyday. 

I: [00:00:09:28]  Yeah.  What can your school do to inspire your creativity?

Student: [00:00:09:37]  I think my school… My school used to have dance classes but when I came in 6th grade, they stopped.  They fired the dance teacher so now there’s not dance class but I think they should have dance cause I really like dance.

I: [00:00:09:54]  Do you think you’re getting the most out of your education?

Student: [00:00:09:58]  Yeah. I think I’m getting a lot of help out of my education because when I have questions they don’t give me the answers like some other teacher.  They explain it how to do it and it helps.

I: [00:00:10:15]  Do you believe you’re in a safe learning community?

Student: [00:00:10:19]  Yes I believe I’m in a safe learning community and it helps me with learning and knowing what I need to know.  If I get something wrong they say “It’s okay, that’s how you learn.  You make mistakes.”

I: [00:00:10:34]  What opportunities are opening up for your from your education?

Student: [00:0:10:41]  Well… opportunities… probably like when I get older probably in my education I could be, I wanted to be a medical doctor or you know an artist.

I: [00:00:10:57]  Do your teachers help you succeed?

Student: [00:00:11:00]  Yeah.  I feel like they do help e succeed because when I need help (11:06-11:07 they tell ??) me help.  If I misunderstand a question they explain it to me and they help me along the way.

I: [00:00:11:17]  Is school relevant to what you want out of life?

Student: [00:00:11:20]  Yeah.  I like what they do there.  I like what they teach there.  I like all my classes.  I like my teachers cause they’re nice and friendly.

I:[00:00:11:31]  What do you want out of life and what do you need from your school?

Student: [00:00:11:37]  From my school, to be (11:40-11:41 modest? honest? not just? ) to like help me better, probably like an after school thing.  Tey do have homework club but like the homework club doesn't know a lot of things like when I ask a question they say, “I don’t understand this question.”

I: [00:00:11:59]  Do you feel your getting the education you need to prepare for adulthood?

Studnt: [00:00:12:02]  Yeah.  I think their helping me a lot to prepare for college.  They have leadership which will help me in community work when I get older.

I: [00:00:12:11]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

Student: [00:00:12:16]  I see a new future and a nice college, probably, hopefully. 

I: [00:00:12:27]  Thank you for your time.

Student: [00:00:12:28]  You’re welcome. 

Interviewee: 13 year old student, Black Male at REACH

I: [00:00:12:30] We are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so we can make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

Student: [00:00:12:49]  Wait, whatchu mean by questions? Like…

I: [00:00:12:54]  Ask you a few questions.

Student: [00:00:12:56]  Yes.

I: [00:00:12:57]  What is your role; student, parent, teacher or community member?

Student: [00:00:13:03]  My role? I don’t know.  I forgot what that is. 

I: [00:00:13:07]  Student, parent or teacher.

Student: [00:00:13:10]  Oh, student

I: [00:00:13:12]  Your age?

Student: [00:00:13:13]  I’m 13.

I: [00:00:13:15]  Gender?

Student: [00:00:13:16]  I’m a male.

I: [00:00:13:17]  Ethnicity?

Student: [00:00:13:18]  African American.

I: [00:00:13:20]  And what neighborhood are you from?

Student: [00:00:13:22]  I’m from San Leandro.

I: [00:00:13:25]  What makes you want to go to school everyday?  If you don’t want to go to school everyday, what would help you want to attend?

Student: [00:00:13:32]  I go to school everyday to get an education and have a good future.  That’s it.

I: [00:00:13:42]  When I say the arts, what comes to mind?

Student: [00:00:13:45]  Like rapping, drawing, painting and being yourself.

I:[00:00:13:52]  Do you do any of these things in school, after school, in a weekend program or at home?

Student: [00:00:13:58]  I do it at REACH.

I: [00:00:14:01] What do you think of when I say arts education?

Student: [00:00:14:06]  Like teaching you how to do like music, digital arts, like make beats, like make like photoshop and all that other stuff that we do at REACH and other places.

I:[00:00:14:22]  Does your school include arts education?

Student: [00:00:14:25]  No, not that I know of but I don’t have nothin’.

I: [00:00:14:30]  What does creativity mean to you?

Student: [00:00:14:32]  Being yourself and…yeah that’s it.  Being yourself.

I: [00:00:14:37]  What ignites your creativity, imagination and passion?

Student: [00:00:14:41]  Just dreamin’ about the future, a good future and just being successful in life.

I:[00:00:14:52]  What can your school do to inspire your creativity?

Student: [00:00:14:56]  Have better basketball courts.  Like and people donate money to us so like we could have pads football so we could tackle football at school.

I: [00:00:15:17]  Do you think you’re getting the most out of your education?

Student: [00:00:15:21]  Yes. 

I: [00:00:15:23]  Do you believe you’re in a safe learning community?

Student: [00:00:15:27]  Yes.

I: [00:00:15:29]  What opportunities are opening up for you from your education?

Student: [00:00:15:33]  Being in a class we all have like rights, like (15:39-15:40 they are ??) equal and our teachers don’t favor no students or nothin’.

I: [00:00:15:48]  Do you teachers help you succeed?

Student: [00:00:15:51]  Yes.

I: [00:00:15:52]  Is school relevant to what you want out of life?

Student: [00:00:15:56]  Yes.

I: [00:00:15:59]  What do you want out of life and what do you need from your school?

Student: [00:00:16:03]  I need education.  I wanna be a football player, a professional football player and after that I want to be a vet. 

I: [00:00:16:14]  Do you feel like you are getting the education you need to prepare for adulthood?

Student: [00:00:16:19]  Pretty sure. Yes.

I: [00:00:16:22]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

Student: [00:00:16:26]  I don’t know.

I: [00:00:16:32] Alright.  Thank you for your time.

Student: [00:00:16:36]  Thank you.

Interviewee: Camarie Epps, 13 years old, Middle School student

I: [00:00:00:05] We are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so that we could make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

CE: [00:00:00:21]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:00:23]  What is your name, age and what school do you go to?

CE: [00:00:00:27]  Camarie Epps, 13 and I go to (:30-31 ?? Middle School).

I: [00:00:00:33]  What makes you want to go to school everyday?

CE: [00:00:00:35]  Well the creativity of most classes basically.  Like I take drama basically so that’s like the best part because I can express my creativity to the little kids in the school so they might grow up to do the same thing I’m doing.

I: [00:00:00:53]  When I say the arts, what comes to mind?

CE: [00:00:00:57]  Anything actually.  Anything creative is art basically.  Music, painting, a lot comes up. 

I: [00:00:01:11]  Do you do any art in school, after school or a weekend program.  Maybe at home?

CE: [00:00:01:19]  I do art basically all the time.  Like anytime an idea pops in my head I basically get on that idea and start doing it. 

I: [00:00:01:26]  Like what kind of art do you do?

CE: [00:00:01:28]  Painting. I do painting, music, drama, any type of art actually.

I:[00:00:01:39]  What do you think of when I say arts education?

CE: [00:00:01:44]  Arts education, like educational programs at school like music class basically, like band, orchestra.  That pops up.

I:  [00:00:01:56]  Does your school include arts education?

CE:[00:00:01:59]  You could say they do.  Yeah.

I: [00:00:02:04]  What does creativity mean to you?

CE: [00:00:02:06]  Creativity is, what is means to me is basically expressing who you are in a way that you can’t do in other ways. 

I: [00:00:02:18]  What ignites your creativity, imagination and passion?

CE: [00:00:02:23]  Almost anything actually.  Yeah,  anything that pops up.  Like it just pops in my mind. 

I: [00:00:02:32]  What can your school do to better inspire your creativity?

CE: [00:00:02:35]  Probably having music making class basically like yeah.

I: [00:00:02:43]  Like what kind of music?

CE: [00:00:02:46]  Any type, like they do at REACH.

I: [00:00:02:48]  So like digital or…?

CE: [00:00:02:51]   Digital, Acoustic, basically all types.

I: [00:00:02:58]  Do you think you’re getting the most out of your educations?

CE: [00:00:03:02]  You could say that but it’s kinda a little bit off because they don’t teach you about stuff that you should be taught in life basically.

I: [00:00:03:15]  Do you believe that you are in a safe learning community?

CE: [00:00:03:20]  Yeah. Yeah, I believe that.

I: [00:00:03:24]  What opportunities are opening up for you from your education?

CE: [00:00:03:29]  A lot actually has opened up.  A little bit of… actually more of art basically and more of expressing my creativity.  More on the side of engineering. 

I: [00:00:03:45]  Do you like (3:46 ??)

CE: [00:00:03:47]  Yeah, engineering cause I can always do engineering

I: [00:00:03:51]  Do you believe that is a form of art?

CE: [00:00:03:54] Yes actually engineering can be a form of art for anything or engineering.  People engineer and make buildings that turn out to be art basically.

I: [00:00:04:07]  What made the opportunities from your school happen?

CE: [00:00:04:11]  I think it’s mostly some of my teachers and my friends and people I know.

I:[00:00:04:22]  Who contributes to your art and education?

CE: [00:00:04:27]  What do you mean by contribute?

I: [00:00:04:30]  Like so the people who made that happen are you say, your friends but who do you believe really contributes to helping you out in that field.

CE: [00:00:04:39]  Hard question to ask because different amount of people that do.  I think it’s probably some of the kids at my school.

I: [00:00:04:53]  You think they help you out?

CE: [00:00:04:54]  Not like in the way that they help out but they put, basically what they do puts ideas in my mind. 

I: [00:00:05:03]  Do your teachers help you succeed?

CE: [00:00:05:07]  Yes, they want me to succeed in life.

I: [00:00:05:11]  Do you every think there’s a teacher that like “ Oh, that teacher hates me.  They don’t want me to succeed.” 

CE: [00:00:05:17]  Nah.  All teachers… Ah well, well hmmm…No, no, no.  Not for a long time. 

I: [00:00:05:29]  Is school relevant to what you want out of life?

CE: [00:00:05:33]  Kinda.  It kinda is and then it’s not.

I:[00:00:05:37]  What would make it relevant?

CE: [00:00:05:39]  Well basically, like in math you need that to kinda help with art and you don’t need it. 

I: [00:00:05:56]  Do you feel like you are getting the education you need to prepare you for adulthood?

CE: [00:00:06:01]  No, not really because school’s don’t teach you stuff you should basically know when you’re an adult.  They teach you stuff that like, history teaches you about the past so you know about what’s going on but that’s not gonna help you later in life unless you become a teacher where it matters in your profession.

I: [00:00:06:20]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

CE: [00:00:06:24]  The role of arts in my education…  Wait, what was the question again?

I: [00:00:06:31]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

CE: [00:00:06:37]  I actually don’t know. Actually no, the role of arts in my education; well I’ve always loved arts so basically that just, basically any type of art just pushes me forward to keep going and keep doin’ what I’m doing’ until I get better at it. 

I: [00:00:06:56]  Alright, that concludes this interview.  Thank you.

CE: [00:00:07:00]  Alright.  You’re welcome. 

Interviewee:  Cindy, Reach member, 16 year old female, African American student at San Lorenzo High School

Interviewer: Terris Ricks

I: [00:00:00:06]  Can you please say your name for me?  Oh, wait, wait, wait let me state the (:08-:09 state the claim??).   My name is Terris Ricks.  I’m working with What’s Your Word and we are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so that we could make a better plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

S: [00:00:00:37]  Okay.

I: [00:00:00:37]  Can you please state your name for me?

S: [00:00:00:38]  My name is Cindy Ray Johnson.

I: [00:00:00:45]  Your age?

S: [00:00:00:46]  I am 16 years old.

I: [00:00:00:49]  Your gender?

S: [00:00:00:50]  I’m a female.

I: [00:00:00:51]  Ethnicity?

S: [00:00:00:52]  I’m African American.

I: [00:00:00:54]  And your neighborhood?

S: [00:00:00:59]  (Laughs) Well…

I: [00:00:01:00]  I don’t need your address, I just…

S: [00:00:01:03]  Do I describe it or…?

I: [00:00:01:04]  No.  Like what neighborhooddo you live in?

S: [00:00:01:10]  I don’t know.  I just moved again…

I: [00:00:01:14]  You don’t know if you live in San Leandro or San Lorenzo?

S: [00:00:01:16]  Ohhhh.  I live in San Leandro.

I: [00:00:01:20]  Okay.  What school do you go to?

S: [00:00:01:22]  I got to San Lorenzo High.

I: [00:00:01:26]  What grade are you in?

S: [00:00:01:28]  I’m in tenth grade.

I: [00:00:01:31]  What makes you want to go to school everyday?

S: [00:00:01:34]  Well I really don’t like school but I just want to learn stuff and I just want to get it over with.

I: [00:00:01:43]  Okay and if you don’t really want to go to school everyday what could make you want to attend?

S: [00:00:01:48]  Well if I had drama but now I just have to have choir. 

I: [00:00:01:54]  So they took drama out?

S: [00:00:01:56]  Well…

I: [00:00:01:57]  They don’t have it.

S: [00:00:01:58]  They chose Choir for me.

I: [00:00:01:59]   Oh… okay.  When I say the arts what comes to mind?

S: [00:00:02:07]  Drama and dancing.

I: [00:00:02:11]  Does your school offer these things?

S: [00:00:02:13]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:02:15]  Do you also do these things after school, on the weekends, at home

S: [00:00:02:19]  Yeah I dance a lot here.

I: [00:00:02:26]  What do you think of when I say arts education?

S: [00:00:02:32]  Like someone teaching someone how to do something, like a drama teacher.

I: [00:00:02:42]  Does your school include arts education?

S: [00:00:02:46]  Yes.

I: [00:00:02:47]  What does creativity mean to you?

S: [00:00:02:51]  Whatever comes to your mind like your imagination and whatever you want to do with it.

I: [00:00:02:58]  Does your school offer multiple art classes?

S: [00:00:03:02]  Yes. 

I: [00:00:03:04]  Like drama, art… like is it just art or like a specific.

S: [00:00:03:09]  It’s drama, art, photography, choir and that’s all I know of.

I: [00:00:03:23]  What ignites your creativity, your imagination and your passion?

S: [00:00:03:31]  Well I don’t know.

I: [00:00:03:32]  What brings it out?

S: [00:00:03:34]  Oh, well I’m just like random so I just like do stuff.  I just do it randomly and yeah…

I: [00:00:03:44]  So it’s like you’re kinda bored and you just do whatever type of thing?

S: [00:00:03:47]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:03:50]  What can your school do to bring forth your creativity?

S: [00:00:03:55]  They can have a dance class, not a dance club but a dance class going on like between other classes. 

I: [00:00:04:12]  Do you feel like you’re getting the most out of your education?

S: [00:00:04:15]  Yes.

I: [00:00:04:19]  Okay.  How so?

S: [00:00:04:22]  My teachers, they like teaching in a fun way except for my history teacher but I still learn a lot and they offer me a lot of fun stuff to do.  And they give you a paper, it’s like extra credit and it’s fun, like to do it and yeah.

I: [00:00:04:53]  Do you believe that you’re in a safe learning environment?

S: [00:00:04:57]  Yes.

I: [00:00:04:58]  So you feel safe mentally and physically? Like you feel safe to ask a question in the class?

S: [00:00:05:04]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:05:06]  What opportunities are opening up for your from your education?

S: [00:00:05:10]  Getting to get to go to a festival at… I forgot what it’s called but it’s a theme park and we get to perform and for the past two years our choir classroom got superior.

I: [00:00:05:36]  What do you think made that happen and who contributed to it?

S: [00:00:05:41]  My choir teacher,  Ms. Innocent and we just practiced a lot and had sectionals every week, like 4 sections.  Like altos we have two sections a week.

I: [00:00:05:59]  Do your teachers help you succeed?

S: [00:00:06:02]  Yeah.  They offer extra tutoring either during lunch and after school.

I: [00:00:06:10]  Is your school relevant to what you want to do in life

S: [00:00:06:14]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:06:17]  What do you want to do in life?

S: [00:00:06:20]  I want to be a lawyer actually.

I: [00:00:06:27]  Do you feel like you’re getting the education you need to prepare yourself for adulthood?

S: [00:00:06:33]  Yeah.  Cause our teachers give us a lot of lectures about being like in the real world and after graduating and like what we want to do after we graduate high school.

I: [00:00:06:51]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?  Like is it important?

S: [00:00:07:01]  Yeah cause I like doing a lot of things like drawing and singing and dancing.  So it’s really important.

I: [00:00:07:15]  Okay.  That’s all.

S: [00:00:07:17]  Thank you.

I: [00:00:07:17]  Thank you, 

Interviewee: Edah, Reach Member, 14 year old female, African American student, Bohannon Middle School

Interviewer: Terris Ricks

I: [00:00:00:31]  So, what’s your name?

A: [00:00:00:32]  Edah

I: [00:00:00:34]  How old are you?

A: [00:00:00:35]  14

I: [00:00:00:38]  Your gender?

A:[00:00:00:39]  Female.

I: [00:00:00:39]  And ethnicity?

A: [00:00:00:41]  African American

I: [00:00:00:42]  And where do you live?

A: [00:00:00:43]  Hayward.

I: [00:00:00:46]  What school do you go to?

A: [00:00:00:47]  Bohannon

I: [00:00:00:48]  Bohannon, I went to Bohannon.  What makes you want to go to school everyday?

A: [00:00:00:59]  Learning. 

I: [00:00:01:02]  Learning, okay.  And if you may not want to go to school sometimes, what do you think would help you attend?

A: [00:00:01:13]  If it stated later.

I: [00:00:01:22]  When I say arts education what comes to mind?

A: [00:00:01:29]  Dancing.

I: [00:00:01:30]  And when I say the arts what comes to mind?

A: [00:00:01:34]  Paintings.

I: [00:00:01:37]  Do you have have any of these in your school or do you do them after school or at home? 

A: [00:00:01:43]  Yeah. 

I: [00:00:01:46]  You do painting at school?

A: [00:00:01:48]  I don’t paint.

I: [00:00:01:49]  You don’t paint?  Do you do any dancing at school?

A: [00:00:01:52]  Not at school, out of school. 

I: [00:00:01:55]  Out of school, okay.  Which program is that?

A: [00:00:01:59]  It’s ballet petite.

I: [00:00:02:05] Does your school include arts education?

A: [00:00:02:12]  Yeah. 

I: [00:00:02:14]  What are the programs there?  What are the options?

A: [00:00:02:18]  Well they have University of Diversity.  They have learning about sports.  They have art class and they have piano. 

I: [00:00:02:29]  Are these during school or after school?

A: [00:00:02:31]  During.

I: [00:00:02:32]  All are during school?

A: [00:00:02:33]  (inaudible response)

I: [00:00:02:39]  What does creativity mean to you?

A: [00:00:02:42]  Making something. 

I: [00:00:02:47]  What ignites your creativity, your imagination or your passion?

A: [00:00:02:54]  Like what do you mean?

I: [00:00:02:55]  Like what brings out your creativity?  What inspires you?

A: [00:00:03:02]  Music.

I: [00:00:03:07]  So, if music was played more at your school do you feel like you would, it brings out some type of creativity?

A: [00:00:03:16] (inaudible response)

I: [00:00:03:19]  Okay.  Do you think you’re getting the most out of your education?

A: [00:00:03:23]  What do you mean?

I: [00:00:03:24]  Do you feel like they’re giving you everything, like they’re doing the most for you?

A: [00:00:03:29]  No.

I: [00:00:03:30]  Okay,  what do you think that they can do?

A: [00:00:03:34]  That they can teach you better.  Like I feel like they just pass the subject and don’t stay on it till for a few people to learn really good.  They just pass by it. 

I: [00:00:03:46]  Okay, they don’t go in depth they just… Okay.  Do you believe that you’re in a safe learning community?

A: [00:00:03:55]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:03:56]  Do you feel like you’re mentally safe?  Does your teachers make you feel safe to ask questions in the classroom?

A: [00:00:04:05]  Yeah. 

I: [00:00:04:09]  What opportunities are opening up for you from your education?

A: [00:00:04:19]  What do you mean?

I: [00:00:04:20]  Like has any opportunities opened up for you.  Like have you been able to do something special, like a special program? 

A: [00:00:04:30)  I don’t understand what you’re trying to ask me.

I: [00:00:04:38]  When you were at school did you do something that was…like at school has there been any opportunities…?

A: [00:00:04:48]  Yeah. 

I: [00:00:04:48] … for you to do something.  Like what?

A: [00:00:04:52]  Piano.

I: [00:00:04:54]  Piano? Okay.  And what do you think made that happen?

A: [00:00:05:11]  Me coming to school everyday and learning it and asking questions.

I: [00:00:05:23]  Okay.  Wait, that’s what, like what do you think, cause there hasn't always been a piano class there, so what do you think made that happen?  Did that just happen or was it there when you came?

A: [00:00:05:33]  It was there when I came.

I: [00:00:05:34]  Okay.  Do your teachers help you succeed?

A: [00:00:05:41]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:05:43]  How?

A: [00:00:05:44]  By… they help me succeed because they teach me things.

I: [00:00:06:01]  Okay.  Is your school relevant to what you want to do in life?

A: [00:00:06:08]  Not really. 

I: [00:00:06:10]  It isn’t?

A: [00:00:06:10]  No.

I: [00:00:06:11]  Okay, what do you want to do?

A: [00:00:06:13]  I want to be in the business industry.

I: [00:00:06:17]  What do you think would make it relevant?  What classes?

A: [00:00:06:22]  Like classes, like learning how to save up money or things to do with life, like life skills and stuff.

I: [00:00:06:32]  Do you feel like you’re getting the most out of your education to prepare you for adulthood?

A: [00:00:06:38]  Somewhat.

I: [00:00:06:41]  What are the things that are helping you?

A: [00:00:06:45]  Manners and things that you should know in life.

I: [00:00:06:51]  Just by socializing with other kids at school you learn life skills?

A: [00:00:06:52]  Yes. Yeah.

I: [00:00:06:56]  That’s good.  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?  Like is arts an important and positive, important role in your education?

A: [00:00:07:08]  It’s important.  Yeah. 

I: [00:00:07:13]  Okay.  That’s all.  Thank you.

A: [00:00:07:14]  Thank you.  What’s your name again?

I: [00:00:07:17]  Taris.

Interviewee: 16 year old white female, Student at Valley High school, Dublin

I: [00:00:05:49] We are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so we can make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

F16yo: [00:00:06:09] Yes.

I: [00:00:06:11] What is your role? Student, parent, teacher or community member?

F16yo: [00:00:06:15] A student at Valley High school.

I: [00:00:06:17]  What is your age?

F16yo: [00:00:06:20]  I’m 16 years old.

I: [00:00:06:21] Gender?

F16yo: [00:00:06:21] Female.

I: [00:00:06:22] Ethnicity?

F16yo: [00:00:06:23] White.

I: [00:00:06:25] Neighborhood?

F16yo: [00:00:06:27] Dublin.

I: [00:00:06:29] What makes you want to go to school everyday?

F16yo: [00:00:06:33]  Just that it’s a wonderful environment and I like to learn.

I: [00:00:06:44]  When I say the Arts, what comes to mind?

F16yo: [00:00:06:48] Drawing classes, being artistic, street art, graffiti, tattooing.

I: [00:00:06:58] Do you do any of these things in school, in an after school or weekend programs or at home?

F16yo: [00:00:07:05] I do draw a lot at home and there is an art class at my school but I do not participate in it.

I: [00:00:07:15]  What do you think of when I say Arts education?

F16yo: [00:00:07:23] I think that theres a class provided at your school that provides education on art history and you know things that we’ve been talking about today.

I: [00:00:07:41]  Does your school include Arts Education?

F16yo: [00:00:07:46]  Yes.

I: [00:00:07:47] What does creativity mean to you?

F16yo: [00:00:07:49] Creativity mean that you just have your own style and you’re not afraid to be yourself.  You’re creative.  You’re different. You think differently and you’re not, you don’t follow the average bear and that’s being like everybody else.  You’re not afraid to wear what you want to wear.  You know, do your hair the way you want to. You’re not afraid to be yourself.  You’re different.

I: [00:00:08:17]  What ignites your creativity, imagination and passion?

F16yo: [00:00:08:19] Art does a lot of that and just freeing my mind.  I don’t know, I like to think outside of the box so I just like to do my own thing.  I like to wear crazy things. My hair is different colors.  I just want to be different.  I don’t want to be looked at and be like “Oh ya, she’s just another kid.”

I: [00:00:08:37] What can your school do to inspire your creativity?

F16yo: [00:00:08:41] Probably get a better art program, I’d say.  The art art teacher and I really don’t get along that well.  I mean, she’s cool and all but we’re just not on the same level.  I think that we need a different art teacher, one thats kinda younger, I’d say.  One that can connect with us more or teach us more, better ways to do stuff.

I: [00:00:09:07] Do you think you’re getting the most out of your education?

F16yo: [00:00:09:10] No, I don’t.

I: [00:00:09:12] Do you believe you’re in a safe learning community?

F16yo: [00:00:09:16] For the most part, yeah because I mean it is Dublin but at the same time, not really.

I: [00:00:09:21] What opportunities are opening up for you from your education?

F16yo: [00:00:09:27] I’m gonna be honest, I am behind a lot on credits and the opportunities… I want to say they’re opening up.  Ones that I want to take part in, like what I mean by that is the opportunities that I want to open up, I make open up.  They’re not really open for me, I guess.

I: [00:00:09:54] Do your teachers help you succeed?

F16yo: [00:00:09:58] Yes, that’s one thing I love about Valley High school is that every teacher, if you’re behind, if you’re missing and assignment they’re always checking on you.  They’re always making sure your okay and there’s at least one to five teachers that you’re really close with.

I: [00:00:10:14]  Is school relevant to what you want out of life?

F16yo: [00:00:10:19] No.  I want to become a tattoo artist and a piercer and I don’t even partake in our art program because it doesn't really help me and there’s nothing else that’s really inspired me to do anything else.

I:[00:00:10:33] Well, what could your school do to make it more relevant?

F16yo: [00:00:10:37] Or even just teaching us life tips.  Like I feel like we should learn how to survive in life.  Like how to hold a steady job, how to take an interview,  how to pay bills and learn finances and taxing and stuff like that but to make mine more relevant, I think that we should get a better art program.

I: [00:00:11:03] Do you feel like you’re getting the education you need to prepare for adulthood?

F16yo: [00:00:11: 08] Yes and no.  Mostly, I really don’t think that learning about Pi in math is going to partake to help me do my bills but at the same time math skills are extremely important.  I just think that we need to learn more life skills, rather than just science and math.  I think that we needmore ways to help us survive in the big world.

I: [00:00:11:37]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

F16yo: [00:00:11:44]  What do you mean?

I:[00:00:11:46]  Like do any of your teachers use art as a way of teaching you? Like in…

F16yo: [00:00:11:52] Yes.  So my friends teacher will have us create posters and make little flip books that we can color, like express ourselves and design them.  She’s really good about that.  She like has us draw what the atmosphere means and stuff like that.

I: [00:00:12:13]  Thank you for your time.

F16yo: [00:00:12:15] No problem.

Interviewee: Jocelyn Gonzalez, Reach Member, 14 year old female, Hispanic/ Caucasian, Student at San Lorenzo High School

Interviewer: Terris Ricks

I: [00:00:00:02]  Can you say your name for me please?

J: [00:00:00:04]  Jocelyn Gonzalez

I: [00:00:00:09]  Your age?

J: [00:00:00:11] 14.

I: [00:00:00:13]  Your gender?

J: [00:00:00:14]  Female.

I: [00:00:00:17]  Ethnicity?

J: [00:00:00:20]  Hispanic and Caucasian.

I: [00:00:00:23]  And you neighborhood?  What are do you live in?

J: [00:00:00:28]  San Leandro.

I: [00:00:00:29]  What school do you…?

J: [00:00:00:31]  San Lorenzo High.

I: [00:00:00:33]  What makes you want to go to school everyday?

J: [00:00:00:41]  To be supported by my teachers.

I: [00:00:00:46]  And somedays if you may not want to go to school what could make you want to attend?

J:[00:00:00:55]  The fact that I know I have stuff to do.

I: [00:00:01:00]  When I say the arts what comes to mind?

J: [00:00:01:05]  (1 :05 When you say what?? )

I: [00:00:01:06]  Yes, when I say the arts what comes to mind?

J: [00:00:01:08]  Uh, the arts?

I: [00:00:01:10]  Yes.

J: [00:00:01:11]  Colorful, like colors I guess.

I: [00:00:01:25]  Do you do any painting?  Any drawing?  Any instruments?

J: [00:00:01:29]  No. No, I don’t.

I: [00:00:01:36]  Does your school offer any arts programs?

J: [00:00:01:40]  Yes.  There’s clubs and there’s, I think two classrooms for art.

I: [00:00:01:49]  When I say arts education what comes to mind?

J: [00:00:01:52]  Art education?  So like, I mean there’s different kinds of art, so like instruments and stuff like that; that comes to mind.  Like the piano room and stuff like that.

I: [00:00:02:05]  Do you do any art on your own time or after school at home?

J: [00:00:02:10]  No.

I: [00:00:02:12]  Okay.  Well not even just like, do you listen to music?

J: [00:00:02:16]  Well yes. Yeah.

I: [00:00:02:18]  Yeah, okay.  What does creativity mean to you?

J: [00:00:02:25]  So like something that you could call your own.

I: [00:00:02:30]  What do you think brings forth your creativity, your imagination, and your passion?

J: [00:00:02:38]  Like what makes me think of that? Like…

I: [00:00:02:40]  Like what brings it out?  Like what inspires your creativity and your passion?

J: [00:00:02:46]  I feel like the people around me.

I: [00:00:02:58]  What can your school do to inspire your creativity?

J: [00:00:03:02]  To be more involved with the kids and…

I: [00:00:03:05]  And not just treat you as a mass but as an individual.

J: [00:00:03:08]  Yes.

I: [00:00:03:11]  Do you feel like you’re getting the most out of your education?

J: [00:00:03:15]  No.

I: [00:00:03:16]  What do you think they can do so that you can feel like you are getting the most out of your education?

J: [00:00:03:21]  To actually be a part of the learning process and actually you know be consistent with checking in on us and making sure we have everything that we need.

I: [00:00:03:42]  Do you believe that you’re in a safe learning environment?

J: [00:00:03:45]  No.

I: [00:00:03:47]  Is it just physically or mentally?

J: [00:00:03:51]  Both.

I: [00:00:03:51]  So you don’t feel safe enough to ask a question and you don’t physically feel safe.

J: [00:00:03:57]  Yep.

I: [00:00:04:03]  What can they do to make it feel safe?

J: [00:00:04:07]  For physically, being more on top of like the kids that have a pattern of being physical with other students and like being on top of that and making sure that they’re acting right in the classroom and outside of the classroom, outside of school like you know outside of the classrooms where we’re just hanging out after school or before school. 

I: [00:00:04:37]  What opportunities have opened up for you in school?

J: [00:00:04:47]  In school… pretty much being recommended to REACH. 

I: [00:00:04:57]  What made that happen?

J: [00:00:05:00]  Well I was seeing counselors at my school and the health center and I needed more support because I’ve had a lot of family problems and so they recommended me to go upstairs in the clinic to see a therapist.

I: [00:00:05:19]  Who contributed to that?

J: [00:00:05:22]  There’s this woman named Nadia and she’s a counselor in the health center.

I: [00:00:05:29]  Do your teachers help you succeed in school?

J: [00:00:05:35]  There’s one or two teachers that I could say that they want the best for me… (5:40-5:42 in there?? ) so…

I: [00:00:05:45]  Is school relevant to what you want to do in life?

J: [00:00:05:47]  Yes.

I: [00:00:05:48]  How so?

J: [00:00:05:51]  I want to be a therapist so I want to major in psychology and I have a health class but it’s more of like, not just sexual health it’s more just mental health and we go through you know, like, it was the Meyers personality test that we’ve done before and it’s like, just saying how like an only child thinks to a person that has five other siblings.  It just interests me.

I: [00:00:06:24]  Okay.  Do you feel like school is preparing you for adulthood?

J: [00:00:06:28]  Somewhat.  Yes.

I: [00:00:06:31]  How so?

J: [00:00:06:32]  Because, well we’re surrounded by, we’re in an environment where there’s adults who don’t act like they’re adults and just because you’re an adult doesn't mean that you know everything going okay.  Like, there’s adults that make mistakes and just because we’re kids doesn't mean we can’t you know take things(6:56-6:57 ?? interrupted)

I: [00:00:06:56]  So, it’s more the things that they don’t necessarily teach you that you learned from to prepare you.

J: [00:00:07:02]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:07:03]  What can they do to fully prepare you for adulthood or somewhat cause you never can be fully prepared.

J: [00:00:07:10]  Yeah.  To prepare… well like you said there’s not really a specific thing that they could help us prepare… (interrupted)

I: [00:00:07:20]  But is there something else that they could do?

J: [00:00:07:27]  To have more patience, I think.

I: [00:00:07:33]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

J: [00:00:07:39]  I don’t really see that like I mean I can’t really see myself in arts.

I: [00:00:07:47]  So you’re not as interested (7:49 in it??) it’s not that important to you?

J: [00:00:07:51]  It’s important but not in like, it doesn't have that much to do with my career so I believe like, I enjoy listening to music and I enjoy maybe doing an art project but I wouldn’t go out of like my schedule to paint a picture or something it just…

I: [00:00:08:15]  I mean, it’s not always about painting there’s multiple things to do with art.  And I know you said you want to be a counselor; I know a lot of mental health helps people … (8:24- 8:38 ?? ) I understand what you’re saying though.  Okay.  Thank you.  

J: [00:00:08:42]  Thank you.

Interviewee:  Kailani Scott, 15 year old female, African American student, Living in West Oakland

Interviewer: Terris Ricks

I: [00:00:00:16] We are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so we can make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

KS: [00:00:00:38]  Yes you may. 

I: [00:00:00:42]  What is your role?  Are you a student?  Are you a parent?  Are you a teacher?

KS: [00:00:00:46]  I’m a student, currently

I: [00:00:00:50]  What is your age?

KS: [00:00:00:51]  I’m 15 years old.

I: [00:00:00:55]  Okay.  Male or female?

KS: [00:00:00:57]  Female.

I: [00:00:00:59]  Your ethnicity?

KS: [00:00:01:01]  Black or African American.

I: [00:00:01:04]  Where do you live?

KS: [00:00:01:05]  I live in West Oakland, California.

I: [00:00:01:07]  Okay.  What makes you want to go to school everyday?

KS: [00:00:01:12]  My mom makes me go to school everyday.

I: [00:00:01:16] Okay, so it’s because you’re forced.

KS: [00:00:01:18] I am forced to go to school everyday.

I: [00:00:01:21] So if you don’t want to attend, what do you think would help make you want to attend?

KS: [00:00:01:27]  I guess say the learning being more interesting cause it’s really boring and learning, I would rather learn things that will help me in the long run than like learn about biology and history if I’m not really going to use it.

I: [00:00:01:50]  Yeah, okay.  So when I say the arts what comes to mind?

KS: [00:00:01:55]  Painting and murals and music.

I:[00:00:02:03]  Do you do any of these things at school, or after school at a program?

KS: [00:00:02:12]  I listen to music everyday; before school, after school, before I go to sleep.  Umm painting… I used to paint here.  I should really start again.  It was really fun.

I: [00:00:02:29]  Okay, but you don’t do that at school?

KS: [00:00:02:29]  No, I don’t paint at school

I: [00:00:02:33]  Does your school include arts education?

KS: [00:00:02:37]  It has a art class but I’m not allowed to take it because I’m a freshman.

I: [00:00:02:43]  So you limited to what elective you can take?

KS: [00:00:02:26]  Yep.

I: [00:00:02:47]  So what do you think when I say arts education?

K: [00:00:02:50]  Being educated about art I guess.  I guess I just reworded it but being educated about art and the history behind art or what art actually is.

I: [00:00:03:06]  What does creativity mean to you?

KS: [00:00:03:10]  Using your imagination to create something of your own, like its yours.

I: [00:00:03:17]  So what ignites your creativity, your imagination and passion?

KS: [00:00:03:22]  I guess the daily world, seeing where I am and the people around me and what I do in my daily life.

I:[00:00:03:37]  What can your school do for you to inspire your creativity?

KS: [00:00:03:43]  Well they should have better programs at school.  Allow me to take a art class if I wanted to no matter what grade I’m in.

I: [00:00:03:57]  Do you think you’re getting the most out of your education?

KS: [00:00:04:04]  No, not really.  I mean english… I’m learning things in english but I’m not gonna really use them any longer.  Biology, I don’t really need biology.  I don’t want to be like a scientist or anything or biologist.  History, I don’t really care for history like that.  I wasn’t there for a reason so I don’t really think I need to learn it.  I’d rather have like classes that teach me how to file taxes or something, like pay a bill or something.  Like have classes that interest me, or have classes that take me (4:37-4:37??) ya know?

I: [00:00:04:40]  Do you believe you’re in a safe learning community?

KS: [00:00:04:46]  At my school?

I:[00:00:04:47]  Yep.

KS: [00:00:04:48]  Yeah… it’s pretty safe.  Nothing really happens.

I: [00:00:04:56]  But do you feel like mentally do you feel comfortable in the space that you’re… do your teachers make you feel safe to ask questions?

KS: [00:00:05:08]  Oh no.  In some classes no, like Algebra.  I don’t really learn anything in there.  He doesn't really know how to teach well so I’m not really learning anything in there.  But like other classes, I feel safe to ask questions but not really that class because he’s really rude sometimes ( 5:27-5:30??…his negativity…?) so I don’t ask questions.

I: [00:00:05:33]  So what opportunities opened for you from your education?

KS: [00:00:05:39]  Oh, I got accepted into some Outward bounds camping trip with my school.  I didn’t really go. I didn't really appreciate the hygiene list but they said my behavior and my grades is what got me chosen for…

I:[00:00:06:03]  What do you mean by the hygiene list?

KS: [00:00:06:04]  You’re limited to take a certain…

I: [00:00:06:06] Oh showers?

KS: [00:00:06:07]  Yeah no showers, you can only bring two pairs of underwear for four days.

I: [00:00:06:13]  You’re limited to the underwear that you bring?

KS: [00:00:06:15] And you can’t bring deodorant. You can’t bring whips.

I: [00:00:06:20]  They want you to be funky?

KS: [00:00:06:22] Pretty much so.

I: [00:00:06:24]  I understand like sometimes, I’ve heard like limited showers but they never told you can’t bring a certain amount of underwear or to whip your behind.

KS: [00:00:06:33]  Yeah.  We can’t do that on that trip.  So I was like “Appreciate the opportunity but no.”  I didn’t really want to smell that bad and…

I: [00:00:06:42]  Or smell other people.

KS: [00:00:06:44]  Yeah.  So I was just like no, forget it.

I:[00:00:06:47]  Yeah.  Mmkay.  So what, did any teacher or principal contribute to that opportunity happening for you to get accepted?

KS: [00:00:07:06]  Principal did. He personally asked for a group of us and I was in that group.

I: [00:00:07:15]  Do your teachers help you succeed?

KS: [00:00:07:19]  Yeah I have a few teachers that actually care about me passing the class.  And I have that one teacher for two classes.  She really cares about me.  I told her she really cares about me and I appreciate that.

I: [00:00:07:33]  That’s nice

KS: [00:00:07:33]  A few other teachers… They don’t really care.  It’s either like you care or I don’t and you need to come in and figure out what you need to do to get your grades up.   I’m not gonna come run and chase you so you can pass my class.  It’s not like that.

I: [00:00:07:53]  Is your school relevant to what you want to do it your life?

KS: [00:00:07:57]  Yes and no.  I have school counselor and I will want to be a counselor when I got older but everything else.  I don’t really think it’s really helping me become a counselor… besides the counselor.

I: [00:00:08:19]  So what would make it relevant.  What specific classes do you think would help you?

[00:00:08:27]  Like career classes, like have, you like… They could even give you like a website to go on that you could find your career in what you want to do and how you can succeed in that career area, you know?  But they don’t.

I: [00:00:08:46]  Like a class that has you research your own careers.

KS: [00:00:08:50]  Mmmhmm.

I: [00:00:08:50]  Develop a plan. 

KS: [00:00:08:52]  Mmmhmm.

I: [00:00:08:54]  Do you feel like you’re getting an education that will prepare you for adulthood?

[00:00:09:00]  No, I do not.  I mean, I know how to count.  I’ve been counting since like kindergarten.  I’m fully fine with counting.  English class is benefiting me.  It’s teaching me to expand my vocabulary.  The rest of my classes I don’t really need besides like math and english but everything else is not really that relevant.  Cause like in high school they don’t really teach you how to like pay bills or file taxes or budget your money.  They don’t teach you how to do that in high school.  I would prefer that they do but they don’t.

I: [00:00:09:40]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

KS: [00:00:09:59]  I don’t know, probably helping me express myself a little bit more. 

I: [00:00:10:03]  Do you feel like you’re limited in expressing yourself at school?

KS: [00:00:10:07Yeah, like there’s really nothing there at my school that will allow you to like express yourself cause it’s like you’re limited to so many options to do things so I don’t have the option to want to express myself. 

I:[00:00:10:29]  Okay, thank you very much

KS: [00:00:10:31]  You’re welcome.

I:[00:00:10:32]  Oh wait did I ask you your name?

KS: [00:00:010:35]  No you didn’t.

I: [00:00:10:35]  No I didn’t.  Okay.  Can you say your name for me please?

KS:[00:00:10:37]  My name is Kailani Scott.

I: [00:00:10:39]  Kailani Scott.  Okay.  Thank you very much.

KS: [00:00:10:42] You’re welcome.

Interviewee: Loryn Simmons, Reach Member, 14 year old student, African American living in San Lorenzo

Interviewer: Terris Ricks

I: [00:00:00:06]  So, what’s your name?

W: [00:00:00:06] Warren Simmons.

I: [00:00:00:12]  How old are you?

W: [00:00:00:13]  14.

I: [00:00:00:14]  What’s your gender?

W: [00:00:00:15]  (S??)

I: [00:00:00:17]  Ethnicity?

W: [00:00:00:18]  What’s that?

I: [00:00:00:19]  Like your race.

W: [00:00:00:22]  African American.

I: [00:00:00:23]  Okay.  Where do you live?

W: [00:00:00:25]  I live in San Lorenzo.

I: [00:00:00:27]  What school do you attend?

W: [00:00:00:28]  I go to (00:30 ??)

I: [00:00:00:32]  What makes you want to go to school everyday?

W: [00:00:00:34]  Being able to learn different things.

I: [00:00:00:38]  If some days you did not want to attend school what do you think would help make you want to attend?

W: [00:00:00:43]  Music.

I: [00:00:00:46]  When I say the arts what comes to mind?

W: [00:00:00:49]  Music.

I: [00:00:00:51]  Does your school have any of these opportunities like music classes?

W: [00:00:00:57]  No.

I: [00:00:00:58]  Do you do any of these after school…?

W: [00:00:01:02]  Yes.

I: [00:00:01:03]  Or on the weekends?

W: [00:00:01:03]  Both.

I: [00:00:01:06]  What do you think of when I say arts education?

W: [00:00:01:13]  Learning how to draw.

I: [00:00:01:16]  Does your school offer arts education?

W: [00:00:01:20]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:01:24]  What does creativity mean to you?

W: [00:00:01:28]  It means I get a chance to do something new.

I: [00:00:01:35]  What brings forward your creativity, your imagination and your passion?

W: [00:00:01:40]  Music.

I: [00:00:01:45]  What can your school do to inspire your creativity?

W: [00:00:01:49]  Bring new things to students (1:52-1:53 ??)

I: [00:00:01:55]  Like what?

W: [00:00:01:56]  Like more… talk about things we like to do.

I: [00:00:02:04]  Do you think you’re getting the most out of your education?

W: [00:00:02:08]  No.

I: [00:00:02:11]  What do you think that they can do so you feel like you’re more out of your education?

W: [00:00:02:16]  Show different things.  Show somethings in different ways besides always just sayin’ it.

I: [00:00:02:24]  So more hands on type of thing?

W: [00:00:02:28]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:02:33]  Do you believe that you’re in a safe learning community?

W: [00:00:02:38]  Huh?

I: [00:00:02:39]  Do you feel like you’re in a safe learning community?

W: [00:00:02:41]  Yes.

I: [00:00:02:42]  When you’re in the classroom do you feel safe to ask a question?

W: [00:00:02:26]  No.

I: [00:00:02:41]  Is that because of the students or the teachers?

W: [00:00:02:54]  Both.

I: [00:00:02:57]  What do you think they can do so that you can feel safe asking questions and getting help?

W: [00:00:03:06]  Speak to every…Ask every student a question, not just as certain students questions.

I: [00:00:03:13]  What opportunities are opening up for you from your education?

W: [00:00:03:18]  Music, art, poetry and that’s it.

I: [00:00:03:27]  What made this happen and who do you think contributed to making it happen?  Do you know exactly?

W: [00:00:03:35]  Me as a person pushing myself to go forward and… what’s the other thing you said?

I: [00:00:03:42]  Who contributed to it?  Like did any teacher help you?

W: [00:00:03:52]  My mom did.

I: [00:00:03:54]  Do you teachers help you succeed?

W: [00:00:03:56]  They put me down.

I: [00:00:03:58]  So they don’t help you.

W: [00:00:04:00]  No.

I: [00:00:04:03]  Is your school relevant to what you want to do in your life?

W: [00:00:04:07]  Yea…No.

I: [00:00:04:08]  No, not really?

W: [00:00:04:10]  No.

I: [00:00:04:12]  Okay.  What can make it relevant?

W: [00:00:04:18]  Have more talks with a certain amount of student and more…

I: [00:00:04:23]  So more individual attention?  So more about the individual and not just about the majority type of thing?

W: [00:00:04:30]  Yeah.

I: [00:00:04:34]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?  Like is it important to you?

W: [00:00:04:48]  Yes.

I: [00:00:04:49]  Why do you feel like it’s important?

W: [00:00:04:52]  Well, you said art so I could say music right?

I: [00:00:04:56]  Yeah.

W: [00:00:04:56]  Alright so, cause music pushes me to just be who I am right now. School; the only reason I push myself at school is because of music.  Cause I like music so much.  You gotta go to school to learn different things.   So you gotta push yourself with.

I: [00:00:05:15]  Okay.  Thank you very much.

W: [00:00:05:17]  Thank you.

Interviewee: 16 year old white male, Student living in Dublin

I: [00:00:00:01] We are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so that we could make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

M16yo: [00:00:00:18]  Yes, you may.

I: [00:00:00:20]  What is your role? Student, parent, teacher or community member?

M16yo: [00:00:00:24] I’m a student.

I: [00:00:00:26]  What is your age?

M16yo: [00:00:00:27]  I am 16 years old.

I: [00:00:00:28] Gender?

M16yo: [00:00:00:29] I’m a male.

I: [00:00:00:30] Ethnicity?

M16yo: [00:00:00:31]  I am white.

I: [00:00:00:33] Neighborhood?

M16yo: [00:00:00:34] I live in Dublin, California.

I: [00:00:00:37] What makes you want to go to school everyday?

M16yo: [00:00:00:39]  Mostly what makes me want to go to school everyday is to see my friends.

I: [00:00:00:43]  When I say the Arts, what comes to mind?

M16yo: [00:00:00:46]  Mostly theatre, but also when I think of the arts I think of drawing, papers and pencils but mostly theatre.

I: [00:00:00:55] Do you do anything of these things in school?

M16yo: [00:00:00:58]  I do theatre but not through school.

I: [00:00:01:03]  What do you think of when I say Arts Education?

M16yo: [00:00:01:07]  I think of, I mostly think of again, musical theatre and teaching people acting and drawing and sculpting and stuff like that.

I: [00:00:01:18]  Does your school include arts education?

M16yo: [00:00:01:21] Yes they do however they are not as included as the sports people are.

I: [00:00:01:31] What does creativity mean to you?

M16yo: [00:00:01:34] Creativity is, to me means expressing yourself and really creating things that you want to create, original stuff.

I: [00:00:01:44] What ignites your creativity, imagination and passion?

M16yo: [00:00:01:48] What ignites it…usually it kinda depends on if I’m in the mood to be creative, but usually it just kinda comes sporadically.

I: [00:00:01:59]  What can your school do to inspire your creativity?

M16yo: [00:00:02:04]  I feel like if our school included and made the arts more available and accessible to all.  Its very whats the word, kinda exclusive, the arts at our school so I feel like if it was more accessible to everyone it would be a lot more… It would inspire a lot more people to be creative. 

I: [00:00:02:32] Do you think you’re getting the most out of your education?

M16yo: [00:00:02:36]  Not really but sometimes yes.

I: [00:00:02:41] Do you believe you are in a safe learning community?

M16yo: [00:00:02:44] Yes I do.

I: [00:00:02:45]  What opportunities are opening up for you from your education?

M16yo: [00:00:02:50] College is a big opportunity because my schools, you know a college prep school so I feel like at least 90% of those people going to my school will go to college.  So I think that’s a huge opportunity.

I: [00:00:03:06] Do you teachers help you succeed?

M16yo: [00:00:03:10]  Some but not all.

I: [00:00:03:13] Is school relevant to what you want out of life?

M16yo: [00:00:03:19] Could you repeat the question?

I: [00:00:03:23] Is school relevant to what you want out of life?

M16yo: [00:00:03:28] Kind of but not really.  You know, what I want to pursuein my life I don’t need to go, I need to get through school so I feel like school right now is its helping me learn new things but I feel like right now its not very relevant to me.

I: [00:00:03:48] What would make it more relevant?

M16yo: [00:00:03:50] Like for example, where a lot of students are forced to take a whole year of chemistry but I don’t want to become a chemist but you know again I get its very necessary to learn the periodic table or basic stuff.  I feel like in education its learning a bit about everything, not becoming a master at everything and I feel like we force a lot of kids to, force these kids to become almost experts and get straight A’s in these subjects that we’re never, ever, ever gonna really use unless we’re going to go into that field like for example I’m going to become a chemist so of course I’m going to have to take chemistry and get really good at it but I don’t want to become a chemist so I feel like me learning all those things is very pointless in my opinion.

I: [00:00:04:40]  Do you feel like your getting the education you need to prepare for adult hood?

M16yo: [00:00:04:46] No, unfortunately.  A lot of the education that I’m gonna be used to prepare for adulthood I’m actually learning from my parents.  I wish actually in school we learn how to pay bills or pay taxes or learn more job interviews. You know, like basic necessities through life, I learn all that stuff from my parents. When I got to school I think of math and science.  I don’t really learn a lot of those kinda things.

I: [00:00:05:11] What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

M16yo: [00:00:05:17] What do you mean by that?

I: [00:00:05:19] Like how does Arts help you learn?  You know in class does any of your teachers use art in a way to help you learn?

M16yo: [00:00:05:28] Actually in English, we actually do learn a lot about art but I think that art really teaches people to become more creative and I really wish that art was more involved in a lot more subjects that I’m taking right now because I really think that would help me out a lot and a lot of other people I guarantee.

Interviewee: Myesha Stevenson

March 6, 2017

I: [00:00:00:06] We are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so that we could make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

MS: [00:00:00:21]  Yes

I: [00:00:00:23]  What is your name?

MS: [00:00:00:24] Myesha Stevenson.

I:  [00:00:00:27]  Alright, what is your role?

MS: [00:00:00:28] Student.

I:  [00:00:00:29]  What is your age?

MS: [00:00:00:32] Sixteen.

I: [00:00:00:33]  What is your gender?

MS: [00:00:00:35] Female

I: [00:00:00:36] Your ethnicity?

MS: [00:00:00:37] African American and Italian

I: [00:00:00:40] And your neighborhood.

MS: [00:00:00:47] Ashland, I guess.

I: [00:00:00:49] What makes you want to go to school everyday?

MS: [00:00:00:51]  My little sister.

I: [00:00:00:54]  When I say arts what comes to mind?

MS: [00:00:00:57]  Painting, drawing, making mask.

I: [00:00:01:04]  Do you do any of these things in school?

MS:  [00:00:01:06] No.

I: [00:00:01:07]  What about after school, or like a weekend program or at home?

MS: [00:00:01:11] Yes.

I: [00:00:01:13] What do you think of when I say Arts Education?

MS: [00:00:01:17]  Well I think its like kids learning new stuff that they ain’t never been doing before.

I: [00:00:01:24]  Does your school include arts education?

MS: [00:00:01:27] Yes.

I: [00:00:01:29] Okay, how so?

MS: [00:00:01:32]  They let us paint in class or make sculptures.

I: [00:00:01:38] What does creativity mean to you?

MS: [00:00:01:40] Creativity means to me a way of showing yourself.

I: [00:00:01:48]  What ignites your creativity, imagination and passion?

MS: [00:00:01:55]  Me.

(Both laugh)

I: [00:00:01:58]  What can your school do to inspire your creativity?

MS: [00:00:02:01] Have more Arts.

I: [00:00:02:04]  Do you think your getting the most out of your education?

MS: [00:00:02:07] No.

I: [00:00:02:08] Why is that?

MS: [00:00:02:10]  Because I’m in school for two hours.

I: [00:00:02:15]  Do you believe you are in a safe learning community?

MS: [00:00:02:20] Yes.

I: [00:00:02:21]  What opportunities are opening up for you from you edacation?

MS: [00:00:02:25]  I can graduate 6 months earlier and then go to Chabot College.

I: [00:00:02:29]  What made that happen?

MS: [00:00:02:31] My teacher, Mr. Norton.

I: [00:00:02:35]  Do your teachers help you succeed?

MS: [00:00:02:37]  Yes.

I: [00:00:02:39]  Is school relevant to what you want out of life?  If yes, what do you want out of life and what do you need from school?

MS: [00:00:02:47]  Yes, because I want to be a nurse and school can help me with that.

I:  [00:00:02:56]  Do you feel like you’re getting the education you need to prepare you for adulthood?

MS: [00:00:02:59] Yes.

I: [00:00:03:01]  What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

MS: [00:00:03:09] Hmm… I really don’t know.

I: [00:00:03:15]  Well, that’s it. That was Myesha on March 6, 2017.  Thank you, 

Interviewee: Owen, 14 year old male, Student at San Lorenzo High School

Interviewer: Daniel Henson

I: [00:00:00:01] We are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so we can make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

O: [00:00:00:21] Yeah.

I: [00:00:00:24]  Can you state your name and your age?

O: [00:00:00:26]  My name’s Owen and I’m 14.

I: [00:00:00:29]  What school do you go to?

O: [00:00:00:31]  San Lorenzo High school.

I: [00:00:00:34]  What makes you want to go to school everyday?

O: [00:00:00:37]  Get my education and I want to graduate and go to college and be a businessman.

I: [00:00:00:43]  Nice.  When I say the arts, what comes to mind?

O: [00:00:00:50]  Art

I: [00:00:00:51]  Like, when I think the arts, I think things like painting, drawings, music.  Anything else that you would think of specifically?  Something maybe you like to do?

O: [00:00:01:03]  Well, I don’t really do art but I know it’s like painting and drawing and doing, like drawing stuff from the bottom of your heart that you feel.

I: [00:00:01:12]  Do you ever like to rap?

O: [00:00:01:13]  No.

I: [00:00:01:17]  Do you do any art in school, at home, like say you’re bored at home you might want draw a picture or stuff like that?

O: [00:00:01:26]  No.

I: [00:00:01:29]  What do you think of when I say arts education?

O: [00:00:01:34]  I think of it like as you go to a classroom with art and learn how to draw and stuff to get better.

I: [00:00:01:44]  Does your school include arts education?

O: [00:00:01:49]  Yes, my school does include arts education.

I: [00:00:01:54]  What does creativity mean to you?

O: [00:00:01:56]  Creativity is something that you make up from your head. 

I: [00:00:02:05]  What ignites your creativity, imagination and passion?  Like what fuels it for you?

O: [00:00:02:10]  I don’t know. 

I: [00:00:02:13]  Well, like it could be anything, say its boredom, say its like…

O: [00:00:02:20]  Oh, just trying to be like thoughtful and not copy other people. 

I: [00:00:02:28]  If you were to be more creative; what can your school do to help you?

O:: [00:00:02:41]  I think that they should make classes more open and give us a choice of what classes we could pick instead of giving us one. 

I: [00:00:02:55]  Do you believe that you are in a safe learning community?

O: [00:00:02:58]  Yes, I think I’m in a safe learning community at my school.

I: [00:00:03:04]  What opportunities are opening up from your education?  So like, you’ve been going to school for awhile and doin’ your thing, what has been helping you out, like what can you do now that you’ve learned a little more?

O: [00:00:03:17]  I can do math, even though I’m not that good at it.

I: [00:00:03:24]  Well what made you better at math?

O: [00:00:03:26]  Learning it from school and having different teachers teaching me more develop math (3:28-3:29 for my grade??).

I: [00:00:03:42]  Do you think your teachers help you succeed.

O: [00:00:03:45]  Yes, cause they help me with my work and if I’m failing they give me extra credit to raise my grade up so I could graduate high school.

I: [00:00:03:57]  Do you ever feel like there’s a teacher that doesn't want you to succeed?  Like they just hate you for no apparent reason?

O: [00:00:04:02]  No. 

I: [00:00:04:05]  Is school relevant to what you want out of life?

O: [00:00:04:08]  Yes.

I: [00:00:04:10]  What do you want out of life?

O: [00:00:04:12]  To get a lot of money so I could start a lot of businesses and give money to the people that don’t have a lot of money after I raise enough money to take care of my family and them.

I: [00:00:04:29]  Do you feel like you are getting the education you need to prepare you to be an adult?

O: [00:00:04:34]  Yes I do.  I’m getting the education out of school because it’s getting me ready for math and history when I get a job and I need to work the cash register and yeah…

I: [00:00:04:50]  What do you think that schools can teach you that you need to know that schools don’t really teach you now?

O: [00:00:04:57]  They pretty much teach you everything.  They just don’t teach you about, like some schools teach you about law and stuff but most ofthem when I get in 9th grade and they tell me how 8th grade teachers lie so they lie a little bit so they can make it sound better but it’s really not that way

I: [00:00:05:24]  What do you see as the role pf arts when it comes to your education?

O: [00:00:05:30]  Wait, what do you mean by like role of arts?

I: [00:00:05:34]  So like, how does art contribute to you learning in school?

O: [00:00:05:28]  Because it’s a lot of painting and stuff on the walls and if it wasn't for people making art it would just look plain at our school. 

I: [00:00:05:51]  Alright, that concludes this interview. 

Interviewee:  Quentin Torres, 15 year old male, Student at San Lorenzo High school

Interviewer: Daniel Henson

I: [00:00:00:07] Hello, we are working with leaders from around the county to create a plan for bringing arts and creativity to all students at all schools every day across Alameda county.  We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences so that we could make a plan that really works for you and your school/community.  May we ask you a few questions?

QT: [00:00:00:21]  Yes.

I: [00:00:00:23]  Please state your name, age and what school you go to.

QT: [00:00:00:27]  My name is Quentin Torres.  I’m 15 and I go to San Lorenzo High.

I: [00:00:00:31]  What makes you want to go to school everyday?  If not, what would help you want to attend?

QT: [00:00:00:39]  Just the ability to get to have something that other people don’t get to have.  [INTERRUPTION]

I: [00:00:00:48]  I’m going to have to ask that question again.  Alright, make sure to cut, right, NOW! What makes you want to go to the school everyday? If you don’t want to go to the school everyday, what would help you want to attend?

QT: [00:00:01:01]  I go to school everyday because it’s just another opportunity and it adds on to things that I could do.  So if I don’t go to school then I lose out on a lot of opportunities that a lot of people don’t get to have and I want to take advantage of those. 

I: [00:00:01:16]  When I say the arts what comes to mind?

QT: [00:00:01:20]  When you say the arts I specifically think of what I mainly do which is photography or music but the arts could really be anything that you do, anything that you’re interested in, whether it’s skateboarding, even is an art if you think about it, or anything that you do whether it’s a sport or a physical art that you paint or digital arts with graphic design or anything.

I: [00:00:01:42] Do you do any of these things in school, in an after school or weekend program, maybe at home?

QT: [00:00:01:47]  I work on music a lot here at the REACH center where we’re recording this and at my friends house and that’s mainly music.  And then I come here to the REACH center to do other arts whether it’s painting or crafting or anything like that.

I: [00:00:02:03]  Do you ever go out, like, just to do some art, like just specifically like “Hey, let’s go do art.” 

QT: [00:00:02:09]  Well yeah.  Me and a couple of my friends usually go on some trips every now and then, say to like San Francisco to do photography trips, like specifically just to take pictures. 

I: [00:00:02:23]  What do you think of when I say arts education?

QT: [00:00:02:27]  When you say arts education I think of specifically teaching other people different ways to do art, or introducing new ideas or concepts or different styles or forms of art. 

I: [00:00:02:48]  Does your school include this arts education?

QT: [00:00:02:49]  Yes, it does.  They have multiple programs such as digital arts; like filming, photography.  Or they have painting classes or specific drawing or something like that. 

I: [00:00:03:03]  What does creativity mean to you?

QT: [00:00:03:05]  Creativity is just like the mind.  Anything that you think of. 

I: [00:00:03:11]  I’m gonna repeat the question because we were interrupted.  What does creativity mean to you?

QT: [00:00:03:16]  Creativity is basically the mind.  Anything that you can think of can be creativity.  Whether it’s what you’re thinking is different than somebody or physically doing an art can be creativity.  Whether you are physically working on an art or you’re out with your friends and you think of a great idea or something to do .  Anything that you think of is creativity.

I: [00:00:03:38]  What ignited your creativity, imagination and passion?

QT: [00:00:03:43]  Seeing other peoples creativity.  Like seeing other peoples arts and forms of art they do inspires a lot and where I come from and what I do outside of my physical arts that I actually do inspires a lot whether it’s traveling or things that I’m dealing with or going through either at home or in the real world ignites it and inspires a lot.

I: [00:00:04:07]  What can your school do to better inspire your creativity?

QT: [00:00:04:13]  I’m not really sure.  I mean they could offer more on the arts side I guess.

I: [00:00:04:21]  Do you think you’re getting the most out of your education?

QT: [00:00:04:24]  I don’t believe so.  I feel like I could be trying harder.  I know my teachers and the people that do help me are trying as hard as they can to help me out but I feel that I can be taking more advantage of opportunities that I have than I do.

I: [00:00:04:41]  Do you believe you’re in a safe learning community?

QT: [00:00:04:44]  I do, even though there’s a lot of judging because like just people are scared I guess and become self conscious because of all the judging but I do believe that I’m safe because I don’t really pay attention to all the judging.  So for myself I believe that I am safe. 

I: [00:00:05:03]  What opportunities are opening up from your education?

QT:  [00:00:05:07]  I mean opportunities like jobs are huge.  Like whether it’s like small, little jobs you can do like going out and doing a photoshoot for like a friend and getting money because they know what you can do or like big jobs like signing to people and actually like dedicating your life to certain things are huge opportunities that I can get from what I’m doing.

I: [00:00:05:35]  What made that happen?

QT: [00:00:05:36]  Really, dedication and inspiration that I get from the community around me whether it’s my friends inspiring me to do something or the opportunities that I have taken advantage of have driven me to my intentions, my interest and what I’m doing now.

I: [00:00:05:54]  Who contributed to this?

QT: [00:00:05:56]  The most people that have contributed to it are my closest friends, and my mom and my grandpa mainly.  Those are the two people in my family that have just because they’re always there for me no matter what and they’re the closest people in my family to me and really my closest friends that I have.

I:[00:00:06:17]  Do you think your teachers help you succeed?

QT: [00:00:06:20]  I do believe they help me succeed because their teaching me a lot and gaining my opportunities and they’re really just working to help us.  If you think about it they’re being able to survive in life and get what they want because they’re helping us and that’s really cool.

I: [00:00:06:43]  Is school relevant to what you want out of life?

QT: [00:00:06:47]  It is in a lot of ways but also isn’t.  I can’t really explain why it isn’t because that’s really kind of harder topic for me but it is because I wanted to learn a lot about different things just so I have all the knowledge I need and it’s bringing opportunities to the table with the arts.

I: [00:00:07:09]  Do you feel like you are getting the education you need to prepare you for adulthood?

QT: [00:00:07:14]  I do.  Whether it’s being at the REACH center or being at school or just learning the basic life things at home or out in the world.

I: [00:00:07:26]   What do you see as being the role of arts in your education?

QT: [00:00:07:30]  The role of arts… hmm…I don’t know.

I: [00:00:07:36]  Like do you have any idea?  Like how can art help you when it comes to your education?

QT:[00:00:07:41]  Yeah.  If arts are more involved with a project or a topic that we’re working on it motivates me more just because I’m able to be more creative with it and it draws attention and I’m able to have fun with it.

I: [00:00:08:01]  Alright.  That concludes this interview.  Thank you.