Elisa Narizhnaya, art teacher at Denver Online High School, was selected as the winner of the 2016 Arts and Culture Innovation Award for the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture.
Watch the award video highlight of her and the art program she has developed at Denver Online High School.
Narizhnaya, has continually found innovative ways to establish a sense of community for her students. She creates connections online and finds creative ways for her students to do artwork through digital processes, or by sharing the art they’ve created through other means online. Narizhnaya then brings the art and students outside the virtual environment to participate in real-world experiences.
She leads art projects during connection days at Denver Online, which is when students connect with each other and their teachers. This included an art exhibition at the Denver Art Society with a gallery viewing and celebration event. Narizhnaya is committed to connecting the students to the school, to local organizations and businesses, and to each other by creating a sense of belonging.