ArtsNOW Principals’ Network Conference Explored UnchARTed Arts Integration Opportunities

ArtsNOW Principals’ Network Conference Explored UnchARTed Arts Integration Opportunities

ArtsNOW was honored to host our second annual Principals' Network Conference, February 8-9, 2024, at Embassy Suites Downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The conference provided an excellent opportunity for principals in all stages of the arts integration journey to network with colleagues, learn from other principals and leaders, and hear about opportunities for their schools. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Thursday, February 8, began with a kick-off network reception for all attendees, followed by a full day of conference sessions February 8. Director of Arts Education Partnership Jamie Kasper provided opening comments to set the stage. The remainder of the day consisted of breakout sessions facilitated by principals and ArtsNOW team members, as well as an opportunity to speak with representatives from partner organizations from both Georgia and South Carolina. David A. Dik, National Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning, provided reflective closing remarks.

Over 50 administrators and educational leaders attended the conference. Thirty-six schools and 18 districts from South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama were represented. Representatives from Arts Grow SC, South Carolina Arts Commission, ABC, A+ Schools of North Carolina, and Executive Directors from Arts Education Partnership and Young Audiences Arts for Learning attended.

Every attendee strongly agreed that the conference experience was "useful and worth my time."

Here are some comments that principals shared with us:

"This was exactly what my heart needed. I now know that I'm not alone on this journey. So many resources and people to network with. The facility/venue is like a hallmark movie – just simply beautiful!"

 

"Very informative and motivating."

 

"I loved the SEL session grounding activity. We will implement this immediately. I enjoyed year two! Thank you for pouring into leaders. The cup-filling activity filled my cup!"

 

"Excellent conference! The level of kindness and generosity shown by ArtsNOW is phenomenal. I am blessed to be a part of ArtsNOW!"

 

"Great balance of policy and practice – no recommendations!"

 

"Wonderful, as usual!"

Stay tuned for dates and information for the ArtsNOW Principals' Network Conference in Winter 2025.

ArtsNOW Partners with PSAE for Annual Conference

ArtsNOW Partners with PSAE for Annual Conference

artsNow Press Release October 10 2023
ArtsNOW was honored to partner with Palmetto State Arts Educators (PSAE) in hosting their annual conference for arts educators, integrators, and advocates. This year's theme was JOY, and joy was evident throughout the two-day event.

ArtsNOW team members in attendance enjoyed networking and connecting with current ArtsNOW school partners and partner organizations, as well as making new connections from around the state. We were thrilled to facilitate five different presentations supporting arts integration, arts integration administrators, and STEAM initiatives. We were also proud to support our partner schools as they presented sessions.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with PSAE and collaborating on next year's conference!

Demonstration of Learning Day Registration

Demonstration of Learning Day Registration

Children sitting on the ground in a classroom learning from their teacher

What is a Demonstration of Learning Day?

ArtsNOW Leadership Schools open their doors for a half day to welcome educators, district leaders, and community partners to see arts-integration strategies in the classroom.

ArtsNOW Demonstration of Learning Days invites visitors to tour a school and see arts-integrated lessons in action. Teacher and student engagement is visible, energizing, and inspiring. You cannot walk the halls without hearing the sounds of creating, sharing, and learning!

This year, we have planned eight (8) ArtsNOW Demonstration of Learning Days to accommodate your schedule and showcase different types of schools in a variety of locations. Register below for the date, location, and model that best aligns with your needs and interests. (Note: Registration closes one week before each event.)

Angel Oak Elementary School

Address: 6134 Chisolm Road, Johns Island, SC 29455

As an ArtsNOW Leadership School, Angel Oak is an excellent example of school-wide arts integration implementation. Angel Oak Elementary was part of a $2.1 million ArtsNOW SmART Literacy Grant to support arts-integrated professional learning to improve teaching and learning in literacy. The school has been recognized for showing notable gains in increasing attendance, increasing overall test scores, increasing family engagement, and supporting students’ social and emotional well-being. It was also recognized as an Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) School for the state of South Carolina in 2022-2023. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from principal and arts integration champion Judith Condon!

Register now by clicking on the date below:

Powder Springs Elementary School

Address: 4570 Grady Grier Drive, Powder Springs, GA 30127

As the first Cobb County Arts Integration Certified school, Powder Springs Elementary has been a long-time leader in arts-integrated learning and a model ArtsNOW school.

  • In 2016, ArtsNOW first partnered with the Cobb County School District for a K-3 literacy Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) grant.
  • ArtsNOW recognized Powder Springs Elementary as a Leadership school. It was also selected as a Learn for Life (L4L) “Bright Spot.”

Powder Springs is a thriving example of sustainability through change in school leadership. Visit this school to see a successful school-wide implementation.

Register now: Friday, October 6, 2023

Center for Innovative Teaching Residency Program and Arts & Innovation Magnet Program

Address: 84 West Midland Ave, Winder, GA 30680

Barrow County has two unique arts integration models for you to experience at the Center for Innovative Teaching. The Residency Program showcases a professional learning model in which teachers from across the district bring their students to learn how to implement arts integration. During a three-year partnership, teachers receive hands-on training with ArtsNOW consultants.

This successful model blossomed into the Arts & Innovation Magnet (AIM) Program, a full-time program for 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students. We hope you can visit this ArtsNOW Leadership school and appreciate the unique learning spaces and programs available to students and teachers.

Register now: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 or Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Mableton Elementary School

Address: 5220 Church Street, Mableton, GA 30126

Mableton Elementary is one of six schools participating in the $2.78 million ArtsNOW “STEM + the Art of Integrated Learning (SAIL)” grant through the U.S. Department of Education. Come observe teachers in 3rd-5th grade as they support math, science, and fine arts standards through integrative arts teaching and learning strategies in their third year of the grant.

The Georgia Department of Education recognized Mableton Elementary as a STEAM-certified school. In March 2023, Mableton Elementary was granted STEAM recertification by the Cobb County School District.

Register now: Friday, March 29, 2024

What to Expect

Each Demonstration of Learning Day is customized to each school’s schedule. After school has started for their students, the day will kick off with a welcome from ArtsNOW and school leaders. A brief overview will share school data, insights, and success with their arts integration approach.

With a map and schedule in hand, guests will then tour classrooms, observe, engage with students, and enjoy examples of learning artifacts. Educators are encouraged to explore a variety of subjects and art forms showcased throughout the school.

Each Demonstration of Learning Day typically lasts about 3 hours in the morning. For example, it may begin at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 11:30 a.m. (Specific start and end times will be published closer to each date.) The day will conclude with a group debrief and to answer any questions.

Principals and district leaders are invited to stay for a complimentary lunch for additional reflection, discussion, and networking. Lunch is typically finished by 1 p.m.

Chestnut Family Foundation Awards ArtsNOW $3 Million Gift

Chestnut Family Foundation Awards ArtsNOW $3 Million Gift

artsNow Press Release October 10 2023

The Chestnut Family Foundation announced its 3-year commitment to ArtsNOW for a total donation of $3,000,000. Over the next three years, ArtsNOW will expand its partnerships by adding more schools to its arts-integrated model and will impact more children in need. These funds will also help expand their current team to develop new grade content and offer more services and experiences to their students, partners, and families.

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