Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- January 15, 2002

Grants Help Cal Poly Support Arts Education in County Schools

Cal Poly's Liberal Studies Program -- an interdisciplinary program designed especially to prepare elementary school teachers -- has received an award of $211,000 from the Eisenhower Foundation and the California Postsecondary Education Commission to help five rural schools expand arts education.

Schools in the Atascadero, Paso Robles, Shandon and San Miguel districts will be part of the project.

The latest grant is the third the Liberal Studies Program has received in the past year to improve arts education in county elementary schools. It previously received $150,000 from the California Arts Council to work with visual arts in Lucia Mar Unified School District third-grade classrooms. And the program is completing the final year of a grant from the Institute for Educational Inquiry that has provided $20,000 a year over three years for arts education in four San Luis Coastal district schools.

The projects give elementary teachers new opportunities to improve their skills and support additional performances and instruction in all the art forms. Cal Poly students participate in the projects, helping teachers develop curricular materials to meet new state standards.

Liberal Studies faculty members Susan Duffy and Kathleen Friend supervise the projects. For more information, contact Duffy or Friend at 805-756-2935.

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