The Kyrene School District will celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 10-16, with a presentation at the Tuesday, September 12 Governing Board Meeting. The meeting will feature a slide presentation on arts activities from across the many Kyrene elementary and middle schools. As well, Kyrene Fine Arts Certified Coordinator, Julie Hackmann has invited Aprende Middle School Band and Orchestra teacher, Tracey Werner and several of her students to be present information on their participation in arts activities and share how it has affected their lives.
National Arts in Education Week is an annual event. This year, the national celebration happens the week of September 10-16, recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration brings attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country. It also supports equitable access to the arts for all students.
Art has long been recognized as an important part of a well-rounded education and research has shown that exposure to the arts can help with academics too. These Kyrene schools are taking the research to heart, weaving the arts into everything they do and finding that the approach not only boosts academic achievement but also promotes creativity, self-confidence and school pride.
Each elementary school in Kyrene offers music and art to all grade levels, K-5. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are offered a wider variety of exploratory options, including visual arts and media as well as performing arts such as theatre, orchestra and band. Kyrene has long been an advocate for strong arts programming beginning in Preschool and Kindergarten. As part of a Fine Arts Task Force, Kyrene de la Paloma Elementary and Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School have, over the past three years, transformed into Arts Integration Schools.
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