Arts and Digital Literacy – 680 Teachers Trained Across the State

The Texas Cultural Trust’s Art & Digital Literacy Initiative continues to grow and reach new audiences.  The Meadows Foundation funded teacher trainings across the state for Art and Media Communications 1, the first course offered in the Arts & Digital Literacy series of curricula.  Funds from the Meadows Foundation provided training to more than 680 teachers at 15 school districts and eight regional education service centers.  There has been an overwhelming response to the training and demand for this curriculum.  The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts will be offering an in-depth three-day exploratory of the curriculum this summer during the following dates: June 11-13, June 14-16, June 18-20, and June 21-23.  The first three sessions are already full and the fourth session is filling up quickly.

Art and Media Communications 1 and 2 along with Music and Media Communications 1 will be presented during pre-summit sessions at the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts(CEDFA) statewide summit June 7th-9th in Austin.  Art and Media Communications 2 and Music and Media Communications 1 will be piloted this upcoming school year, beginning in August, 2012.  Thanks to the efforts of board member Judy Robison, all ten high schools in the El Paso Independent School District will offer Art & Media Communications 1 during the 2012-2013 school year.  Judy Robison is so committed to the Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative that she is underwriting an Art and Media Communications 1 training for all 65 fine arts teachers in El Paso I.S.D. this summer.  All of the courses that are being developed by the Texas Cultural Trust: Art and Media Communications I &2, Music and Media Communications 1 & 2, Theatre and Media Communications 1 & 2 and Dance and Media Communications 1 &2 received innovative course approval by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and currently are undergoing review by the TEKS Committee at the TEA for approval as statewide fine arts credit.