Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- March 07, 2003
Cal Poly Art Education Outreach Program Earns
A Cal Poly art education outreach program designed to put the arts back
into county elementary schools has received national recognition and
will become a partner in a nationwide effort to advance the role of
arts in educating children.
The outreach project selected to be part of the Arts Education Partnership
is the California Arts Council Demonstration Project, headed by Susan
Duffy and Kathleen Friend of Cal Poly’s Liberal Studies Department.
The Cal Poly project is a partnership of Cal Poly’s Liberal Studies
Department, the Lucia Mar Unified School District and the San Luis Obispo
County Arts Council. Supported with funds from the California Arts Council,
it is a three-year program to assess the influence of the arts on the
academic achievement of children in all Lucia Mar elementary schools.
The project follows 818 students from third through fifth grade.
Six resident artists provide 22 hours of supplemental visual arts instruction.
All teachers in the district are invited to participate in professional
development workshops addressing California’s newly adopted visual
and performing arts framework and standards.
Since 1995 the national Arts Education Partnership and its more than
100 participating arts, education, business, philanthropic and government
organizations have worked to advance the role of the arts in the education
and development of children. The partnership also seeks to improve America’s
“Cal Poly’s California Arts Council Demonstration Project
and its representatives were selected for participation because the
project has garnered state and national recognition for developing an
effective and sustained arts partnership that combines higher education,
schools and arts organizations,” Duffy said.
Duffy, Friend and Deborah Spatafore, an artist and school coordinator
for the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council, plan to attend a national
Arts Education Partnership forum later this month in Philadelphia.
For more information, contact Duffy at 756-2327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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