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Winters Mill Art Program Receives National Recognition

Release Date: 9/30/2008 11:23:07 AM

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that Winters Mill High School has been selected as one of five schools in the nation for the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award for their work during the 2007-2008 school year. The award recognizes schools that have made the arts an essential part of their students’ education.
     
The winners of the award were selected from the schools nominated by their State Alliance for Arts Education. Selection criteria at the national level included: a review of the ways in which arts education is an essential component of the school curriculum; how the program creates and uses imaginative learning environments for teaching and learning in, through, and about the arts; how the arts program provides opportunities for parental involvement in education; how the program provides opportunities for learning about cultures through the arts; and how the program links arts education to community cultural resources.
Winters Mill High School integrates fine arts education into all aspects of their students’ high school experience. The school’s four academies promote collaboration among teachers of various disciplines, integration of fine arts into a wide variety of coursework, and link students to employers, communities, and higher education. Arts education is an essential component of the Arts, Humanities, and Communication Academy, which offers 30 different art education courses in art, music, drama, and dance.
      
The Winters Mill High School arts education program engages a creative approach to student learning to open the world of the fine arts to every student. A variety of teaching strategies are employed to appeal to diverse student learning styles. Many individual fine arts students have been recognized for their outstanding performances in competitions, contests, AP Studio Art portfolios, and postgraduate studies.

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