We had a great first year Artists As Educators, an initiative of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham that started with seed funding from your Community Foundation and got an early boost through a powerful partnership with Birmingham City Schools. Last week, the work of teachers and teaching artists was recognized on a national level when Birmingham City Schools won one of 33 federal grants out of 200 applications across the country.
And here’s the positive punch line — that grant from the U.S. Department of Education was for $1.16 million over four years, enough to keep the program going in nine Birmingham City Schools. Watch for news of what will be accomplished through the program, Straight A’s: Arts Advance Academic Achievement.
The program, which integrates arts education with the regular curriculum in a way that inspires both the teaching artists and the classroom teachers and, of course, the students. Arts provide a great way to inspire creative ways to learn, and we all need that at every age. We look forward to seeing what results from four more great years of this program.