Arts North Carolina, a Member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, has selected five North Carolina schools to receive a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence award.
The schools include:
R.J. Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem
Diggs-Latham Magnet Elementary School, Winston-Salem
Northwood High School, Pittsboro
Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts, Monroe
Artspace Charter School, Swannanoa
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards Program recognizes individual schools that have done a superior job of incorporating arts into a quality education for all students.
Three of the North Caroilna schools selected are part of the A+Schools Program of the N.C. Arts Council, including Benton Heights, Diggs-Latham Magnet Elementary School, and Artspace Charter School.
The state-level awards honor and highlight schools and the role they play in providing a creative learning environment for outstanding student achievement. Competitive applications included programs that encompass arts education, arts integration, and arts exposure.
All five schools receiving awards demonstrated an exemplary commitment to ensuring that all their students have access and opportunity to be successful through the arts. Programs varied according to integration of arts and curriculum, excellence in arts discipline education, community and parental involvement in programs, and exposure to a wide array of arts opportunities.
The John F. Kennedy Center Schools of Excellence awards were determined by a panel that included representatives of Arts North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the North Carolina Arts Council.
For more information on the Kennedy Center Schools of Excellence Awards, contact Karen Wells at Arts North Carolina, (919) 834-1411 or www.artsnc.org.