Preparing for student success this school year with arts education

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By Amy Mitchell
Communications Manager 

It’s back to school season for students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. While parents and students are finishing up vacations and summer camps, shopping for school supplies and new jeans, ASC is preparing for another academic year of taking arts education into area PreK-12 schools.

Embarking on its fourth year, ASC’s School Grants program was developed to support the placement of professional artists, scientists, historians, and other cultural providers in grades K-12 for curriculum-based residencies, workshops, day trips, assemblies or performances, out of school experiences, or professional development for teachers.

Bright Star Touring Theatre performance at Elon Park Elementary last year.
Bright Star Touring Theatre performance at Elon Park Elementary last year.

Student engagement in arts education raises GPAs and test scores and reduces dropout rates, making arts, science, and history vital to every child’s education experience. Academic enrichment through arts and cultural programming ensures that Charlotte-Mecklenburg students are developed into critical, creative thinkers – the most sought skills in the 21st century workforce.

This ASC grant program gives educators the opportunity to include unique and creative arts and culture experiences for their students, fostering the further development of critical and creative thinking in the classroom and beyond.

This year the ASC School Grants program will provide up to $275,000 in total funding for Mecklenburg County public, charter, independent, parochial and private schools to support cultural programming that aligns with their curriculum and helps increase student success.

In the 2014-15 academic year, the ASC Education School Grants program reached 107,636 students with varied cultural programming with 165 schools participating throughout Mecklenburg County. Educators used the ASC Education Provider Directory and the ASC Cultural Education Expo to shop for their school’s experience and select engagements that provided the best fit within curriculum standards and student interest.

David Cox Road Elementary student participating in a Clayworks program made possible with funds from the ASC School Grants program.
David Cox Road Elementary student participating in a Clayworks program made possible with funds from the ASC School Grants program.

Check out feedback from Charlotte-Mecklenburg educators about their experiences last year:

“We just completed our soil testing unit of study, so the soil testing portion of the program was fantastic! Students said that seeing the field tests of the soil tests really helped them to understand the process.” – Review of Reedy Creek Nature Center field trip

“Mimi is engaging and teaches concepts on many levels and learning styles. Every student walks away enriched from her programs.” – Review of Mimi Herman’s creative writing residency

“Mrs. Bartlett’s lessons were exactly what we are learning in math right now. Her lessons were linked directly to the Common Core and the objectives that we are covering in math.” – Review of Lona Bartlett’s Best of Friends Puppets and Storytelling performance

Lona Bartlett’s Best of Friends Puppets and Storytelling performance at Byers Elementary School last year.
Lona Bartlett’s Best of Friends Puppets and Storytelling performance at Byers Elementary School last year.

“I love ASC grants and programs. They are always top notch and afford students opportunities that they may not otherwise receive.” – Review of Living Rhythms: A Hands-On Exploration West African Drumming and Dance performance

“We study fables and it gave the kids an opportunity to hear some stories instead of always reading them or having stories read to them.” – Review of Linda Goodman’s storytelling performance

Join us as we kick off the 2015-16 school year at the ASC Cultural Education Expo.
August 29, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

Learn more about local cultural resources available through ASC’s School Grants program, meet cultural education providers, and preview performances on the Knight Theater stage. Educators attending the expo will be entered to win raffle prizes, including provider donated artwork, educational resources, and additional grant dollars from ASC. While the expo event is meant as a resource for local educators, it is free to attend and open to the public.

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