Atlanta Elementary School partners with ArtsSmart
Atlanta Elementary School will begin integrating art through the curriculum this fall. Through a partnership with the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council (TRAHC), the ArtsSmart program will enable AES to use the arts to teach across the curriculum.
Art has long been recognized as an important part of a well-rounded education but typically is not a high priority when budget time comes around. TRAHC ArtsSmart affords AES the opportunity to open the doors to making art a high priority through curriculum. TRAHC ArtsSmart has many professional artists who will come to AES to bring the world of art alive through math, science, reading, and other academic areas. Students will soar and grow and use critical thinking skills by having these authentic arts experiences. These artists bring with them a background of training and experience in using art through education. Some examples of artists/art that will visit AES include musicians, visual arts, theatre, weaving, felting and many more.
Learning through the arts research has proven to increase student attendance because kids get to be creative and have fun. Weaving arts into all academic areas has shown to boost academic achievement and promotes creativity, self-confidence and school pride.
AES staff members will benefit from the TRAHC ArtsSmart program in many ways also. Most importantly, they will become inspired to effectively utilize the arts to engage students through the passion and expertise of the professional artists. The teachers and artists will collaborate on instructional strategies to bring art alive and boost academics.
Art teacher April Britton says “I am most excited about the outside knowledge and expertise the artists will bring into our school.” Atlanta resident ,AES parent, and Atlanta Mayor, Travis Ransom, President of TRAHC's Board of Directors, has been an integral partner in bringing the ArtsSmart program to AES. His assistance is greatly appreciated.
Atlanta Elementary School would like to thank International Paper for the $2,500 grant that will help launch the ArtsSmart program.