The mission of the Arts Education program is to enrich and support quality arts education. The Commission recognizes the continuum of experiential and exposure-based opportunities through such programs as the Creativity in Education Institute, Poetry Out Loud, and the Teaching Artist Roster. Arts Education grants including: Artist-in-Residence, Community Learning, Funds for At-risk Youth, Mini-Grants, Teacher Training, and Teacher Incentives support arts learning projects in a variety of instructional settings and professional development for teachers and teaching artists.
Arts Education programs and grants support learning both in and through the arts. Dance, music, theater, and visual arts are academic subjects with rigorous state and national achievement standards. Experiencing and making works of art benefit students in their intellectual, personal, and social development. Learning through the arts is equally beneficial when the arts are integrated into other subject areas. Arts integration involves teachers of non-arts subjects working alongside arts specialists and teaching artists to create collaborative lesson plans that infuse creativity into learning. In the Commission’s Arts360 and Value Plus Schools arts integration programs, not only do students score higher on tests, but critical thinking skills, self-confidence, and teacher and student retention increase.
The Tennessean – Monday, July 16, 2012
Creative thinking can spur child’s learning
By Anne B. Pope and Ann Talbott Brown
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For More Information and Assistance:
Ann Talbott Brown
Director of Arts Education
Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator