On February 1st, Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Program (SIP) students connected with Upper School Spanish teacher Dave Sommers to “Celebrate the Arts” and learn more about Sr. Sommers’ life as a painter. Sr. Sommers spoke exclusively in Spanish to the students while he showed and discussed his artwork, inspired by cubists and impressionists, to an enthusiastic and inquisitive group of kindergarteners. Mrs. Stacie Brennan, SIP parent and Senior Director of Visual Arts at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, then invited students to visit the Banana Factory for a tour given in Spanish. The tour included a visit to Sr. Sommers’ beautiful studio, to see the space where he creates his artwork. Students also had the opportunity to meet and interview Devyn Leonor Briggs, a resident artist whose Columbian, Jamaican, and African American heritage inspires her work. Srta. Briggs spoke to the children in Spanish and explained her methods and materials to the class. Students finished the tour with a visit to the glass studio, where they saw master craftsman Dan Getz blow hot glass into a giant bubble. The students were mesmerized! By connecting our languages and experiences to artists within both Moravian Academy and the community of Southside Bethlehem, students are truly able to experience the joy of learning and engaging curiosity in a meaningful way.