Nashville, Tenn. — The Tennessee Arts Commission launches the new Arts360 Arts Integration (AE-AI) grant program with the opening of FY17 annual grants on October 15, 2015. The AE-AI grant program supports schools in implementing arts integration in every classroom to improve instruction and increase student outcomes.
Arts integration is a method of teaching that supports learning both in and through the arts. Teachers of non-arts subjects work alongside artists to create collaborative lesson plans that infuse creativity into learning.
Specific program goals include improving the academic performance of students and supporting the development of arts integration throughout Tennessee.
“Making funds available specifically for intensive, whole-school arts integration is a significant step in expanding the arts integration community of practice in Tennessee,” says Anne B. Pope, Executive Director, “Arts education prepares students for success in school, work and life. Benefits include increasing learning and achievement, developing critical thinking skills for today’s workforce and preparing students to lead meaningful lives.”
The AE-AI grant program will enable more schools to join the transition to whole-school arts integration that has existed in Tennessee since 2006 through two previous initiatives, Value Plus Schools and Arts360.