Early first-hand exposure to the arts plays an important role in child development, but art programs have been scaled back or cut from public schools. The K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program exposes students to the visual and performing arts, while collaborating with local educators to develop enhanced arts education programs. Through school assemblies, bus-in events, classroom visits and family performances, students enjoy performances that meet or exceed California’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards.
ARTS FOR CHILDREN
TOOLS FOR TEACHERS
The Santa Clarita Valley K-12 Arts Education Consortium, a professional development partnership that developed from the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program, provides tools and techniques for teachers to integrate the arts into their classrooms. They also address curriculum requirements and develop measurable ways to enhance arts education for students. The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program is designed to help arts organizations develop and expand educational partnerships with local schools to establish arts-based professional development programs for teachers. The program is based on the belief that educating teachers is an essential component of any effort to increase the artistic literacy of young people. With continued resources provided by the school districts and the Kennedy Center, teachers discover the benefits of integrating arts with other curriculum by creating activities that build upon already-established arts education standards – the California Visual Arts and Performing Arts (VAPA) content standards. Kennedy Center-trained teaching artists lead workshops in various genres so that each teacher achieves a deeper understanding of the beauty, depth and range of the arts, the value of the arts in aesthetic terms, and proven value associated with a well-rounded education.