Arts At Large Handbook Pt. 1 - The Arts @ Large Program

by Kim Abler; Ryan Hurley; Teri Sullivan

Feb 2, 2009
The Arts @ Large model is based on a simple mission: consistently advocate for the connection of arts to academics by building sustainable partnerships between the arts community, K-12 educators and students, public policy makers, and institutes of higher education. With this mission in mind, Arts @ Large strives to meet goals that make arts education accessible for ALL students.

Arts @ Large:


  • Provides ongoing, quality arts experiences for students that builds an arts-rich school climate, which encourages the inclusion of art and music specialists in school staffing plans.

  • Forges sustainable partnerships with artists, arts and community organizations to enhance in-classroom and after school learning, and motivate ALL students to higher academic achievement.

  • Provides arts education experiences in an inclusiveenvironment designed to motivate students with diverse learning and physical abilities.

  • Helps teachers build skills to integrate performing, visual, and literary arts into all subjects in a manner sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population.


The arts are essential because they:


  • Are a unique languagethat all people use to communicate regardless of age, ability,ethnicity or gender.They allow people to move beyond individual differences such as race, society, culture, education and economic level.

  • Are symbol systems like letters and numbers and are equally important to a person's development.

  • Allow every child to learn.

  • Connect the learning of both content and process.

  • Develop independence and collaboration.

  • Provide opportunities for self expression,creative problem solving and critical thinking.

  • Improve student achievement -enhancing test scores, attitudes and social skills.

  • Provide authentic assessment opportunities.

  • Create a bridge between motivation, instruction, assessment and application - leading to deeper understanding.

  • Integrate mind, body and spirit thereby addressing the whole child.

  • Provide immediate feedback and opportunities for reflection.

  • Exercise and develop higher order thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, and problem solving.

  • Address the multiple intelligences and various learning styles.

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