Our 16-year partnership began in 2007-08 with one BCSS elementary school and has flourished each year with arts-integrated professional learning for BCSS educators involving visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and media arts across all content areas. We are excited to embark on a new chapter of collaboration and celebration of the impact of arts-integrated content and exceptional professional learning for our educators.
Superintendent Dr. Chris McMichael says, “ArtsNOW has been a true partner having real impact on the work we are doing across our district to make teaching and learning more engaging for our teachers and students, with documented results to show for it.” The 2016-17 creation of ArtsNOW’s regional office location inside the Center for Innovative Teaching (CFIT) helped create our successful Arts and Innovation Magnet (AIM) Program, along with providing for many AIM classroom needs, and several CFIT building improvements.
What this District Partnership Means
As a District Partner in Education, ArtsNOW will continue to support student achievement and staff professional learning and appreciation through their programs. Those programs include after-school and summer camp involvement, STEAM kits, the award-winning Teacher Leader Residency, classroom improvements, mini-grants, partnership in ArtsNOW DOE federal grants, arts integration initiatives and so much more!
“We are grateful for the deep, district-wide, partnership we've cultivated with the Barrow County School System since 2008," shares Pam Walker, CEO and President of ArtsNow. "Our collaboration has led to increased student engagement, teacher retention, and improved school culture. The Center for Innovative Teaching is one example of our bold approach to arts-integrated, job-embedded, professional learning. We are proud of our collaborative accomplishments and for the opportunity to enhance teaching and learning while bringing joy to the classroom."
We are thankful for all the amazing, innovative opportunities ArtsNOW offers for students and staff. We look forward to a creative future!