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$16,000 Grant Awarded to Andres Duarte Arts Academy by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission & LA Arts Ed Collective
Duarte Unified is pleased to announce that the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and LA County Arts Ed Collective have awarded our district an Advancement Grant of $16,000 to implement the Artful Connections program at Andres Duarte Arts Academy for the 2019-20 school year.
Artful Connections is a program delivered by teaching artists from the Armory Center for the Arts who will provide the entire Andres Duarte faculty with arts integration training and support teachers directly in the classroom to provide integrated arts instruction in math and science to students in Grades 2-5.
The Armory Center for the Arts, located in Pasadena, is widely known in the San Gabriel Valley as the premier provider of engaging, quality art classes and art experiences for young people. Their school-based artist residencies deliver exemplary visual arts education programs that support cross-curricular learning and serve approximately 4,000 students through in-class instruction.
At Andres Duarte, the Armory’s Teaching Artists in Residence will be on campus and co-teach lessons with our classroom teachers that are in alignment with the California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts. The Armory's talented pool of Teaching Artists in Residence hold Masters degrees in Fine Arts from such prestigious institutions as the Art Center College Art of Design, Otis, UCLA, and CalArts.
This is the fourth year in a row that Duarte Unified has been awarded an Advancement Grant to implement the Artful Connections program, which is now in place at Maxwell, Valley View, Royal Oaks and Beardslee. By bringing the Artful Connections program to Andres Duarte Arts Academy, DUSD will complete the implementation process and succeed in having trained teachers at every Academy to deliver arts integration strategies and direct math and science instruction for all 2-5 Grade students.
"This grant comes at the perfect time as Andres Duarte is completing the adoption of the Leonard Bernstein Foundation’s Artful Learning. Staff worked within this framework to develop units of inquiry for two years, and the experience sparked a desire to add more visual arts strategies to their teaching toolbox," stated Principal Scott Moses. "The faculty is enthusiastic about participating in the Artful Connections program to continue infusing the arts into our school culture. This professional development opportunity is the right fit to continue to meet the needs of Andres Duarte right now."
The Andres Duarte faculty will travel for a special day-long training to the Armory’s facility in October, and then the Teaching Artists in Residence will be on campus to co-teach lessons with our classroom teachers that are in alignment with the California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts. This grant comes at the perfect time as Andres Duarte is completing the adoption of the Leonard Bernstein Foundation’s Artful Learning.
While arts integration strategies will be expanded to increase accessibility for all students to the core curriculum, Andres Duarte will also continue to offer specialty visual arts, instrumental music, choir, dance, and music theory classes.
Learn more about the Artful Connections program by visiting https://www.armoryarts.org/education/for-schools/.