NSBA is once again partnering with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network to honor a school board that shows a strong commitment to providing a high-quality arts education program. The 23rd annual KCAAEN-NSBA award also comes with a $10,000 prize this year to strengthen arts programs in the winners’ school district.
One entry per state will be nominated. The best candidates have incorporated all four major artistic disciplinesvisual arts, music, theater and dance–in their schools’ program.
“Exposing students to the arts has a remarkable ability to increase academic and social development,” Darrell M. Ayers, Vice President of Education for the Kennedy Center, said during the presentation of the 2010 award, which went to members of the school board of the Putnam City Schools in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The 17,000-student Putnam City school district’s core curriculum includes arts classes at every grade level. The district also ensures that students can participate in a variety of arts classes regardless of their ability to afford instruments or materials.
The Putnam City board also supports the professional development of its arts teachers, program chairs, and other teachers and staff by giving them time to attend collaborative meetings, outside workshops, and arts association events.
The deadline for submitting applications to the Kennedy Center, Dec. 1, 2010, is fast approaching, so school districts are encouraged to review the award criteria and start the application process as soon as possible. The award will be presented on April 13, 2011 at NSBA’s annual conference in San Francisco.
For award criteria, application forms, a list of State Arts Alliances, and to view sample applications and details about previous winners, go to http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/kcaaen/recognition/home.html.