Arts for All
| Sep 19, 2013
1-800-air plant. That’s not the phone number from an infomercial pitching peculiar plants. It’s from a tri-lingual (English, Spanish and Korean) lesson on flora, framed as a television commercial that was developed by teachers from Pasadena Unified School District.
The lesson was created and presented as part of the three-day institute on Project-Based Learning, Arts Integration and the new Common Core State Standards that took place this summer. The institute was sponsored by The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and was developed collaboratively by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and Huntington Library. For three days, 100 teachers and 20 community arts partners experienced project-based learning, analyzed the new common core standards and connected music, theater, dance and visual arts with other subjects.
PUSD is not the only Arts for All
district providing opportunities for educators to deepen their arts education knowledge. With districts now rolling out the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), district leaders see the benefits of arts education as a means to develop critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity in students and support the objectives of CCSS. During the last six months, numerous districts and arts organizations have offered intensive professional development in the arts, building the capacity of hundreds of educators to provide learning in a specific art form, as well as integrated arts instruction to their students.
We would like to acknowledge arts providers Armory Center for the Arts, Arts Center College of Design, California Arts Project, Inner City Arts, The Getty Center, The Music Center, Dramatic Results, 24th Street Theater for providing professional development services to school districts. Additionally, these school districts are in their second year of a three-year Arts for All
grant program to plan and implement professional development in the arts for their educators: Beverly Hills, Burbank, East Whittier, Glendale, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Las Virgenes, Los Nietos, Manhattan Beach, Pomona, Rosemead and Whittier Union. Bravo!