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KID smART Announces Arts Integration Initiative

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Mar 15, 2012
New Orleans, LA

Over the next three years, KID smART will implement an intensive and comprehensive project to bring three of its participating schools - Arise Academy, Martin Behrman Elementary and Langston Hughes Academy - to model arts integration school status.  A major grant of $245,820 from Baptist Community Ministries and funds from the participating schools, the Louisiana Division of the Arts and other current mission partners will underwrite the project.  
The Model Schools Initiative will implement arts integrated instruction across the entire school curriculum - in every class at four grade levels - over the three-year arc of the project.  Primary strategies include comprehensive strategic planning with each school, facilitated by KID smART and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; broader scope and greater impact of classroom residencies through increased teaching artist time and embedded coaching of classroom teachers; and increased numbers of teachers participating in formal arts integration professional development in KID smART's Arts Experiences in Schools program. 
The initiative has a rigorous evaluation component.  Project results will be disseminated to a broad field of stakeholders in the arts and education sectors, contributing to the body of data documenting the transformative power of the arts in children's learning and in the formation of traits and habits of mind that lead to success in life and work. The project design is a capacity-building model focusing on strengthening the schools' abilities to sustain arts integration best practices once the initiative is completed.

About KID smART

KID smART's mission is to work with the arts to engage children in learning about themselves and the world in which they live.  KID smART's focus is arts integration - linking instruction in the arts with instruction across the existing academic curriculum - to support student success.  Working in the New Orleans area, KID smART weaves together long term artist in residencies with intensive professional development for classroom teachers to transform education through the arts.

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