Division of the Arts receives grant to integrate arts in schools

Division of the Arts receives grant to integrate arts in schools

POSTED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 3:00am

UPDATED: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 3:04am

The Louisiana Division of the Arts is receiving a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund the Imagination, Creative and Innovation Initiative. ICI is four-year pilot program started in 2010 which partners teaching artists with classroom teachers in Louisiana. Eight schools are part of the pilot program which has a mission of nurturing creativity through integrated arts education. Participating schools commit to child-centered, experiential, arts-integrated teaching and learning.

“This funding came at a critical time and will allow us to continue our progress with ICI schools throughout the state,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “Arts in Education has always been an important issue and students in Louisiana deserve the opportunity to learn creatively.”

The processes of creating, performing and responding to art has been proven to lead to increased student achievement, increased attendance by students and staff, lower rates of retention, higher self-esteem, decreased discipline problems, greater parent participation and a growing sense of community.

The following schools are participating in the ICI pilot program:

Martin Behrman Elementary School, New Orleans
Alice Boucher Elementary School, Lafayette
Charles M. Burke Elementary School, Duson
Forest Heights Elementary, Baton Rouge
Capitol Elementary, Baton Rouge
Claiborne Fundamental Elementary, Shreveport
Langston Hughes Academy, New Orleans
Natchitoches Magnet School, Natchitoches

Faculty from participating schools will attend a three-day summer institute in June focused on integrating music to teach traditional subjects. For more information about ICI visit www.crt.state.la.us/arts.

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