Adventures in the A.R.T.S., Mystery of The Gooey Grey Glob, an interactive CD, workbook and website, is a collaboration between the Texas Cultural Trust and the creative team of Poets Road/Brighter Industries made possible by a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation. Adventures in the A.R.T.S., endorsed by the Texas PTA, teaches through the use of magical characters and storylines, the language of light, space, movement and perspective. The goal is to help children from every social, geographic, economic, and cultural background and provide them with access to high-quality, standards-based content and programming in art education.

“Access to books and educational material is the single biggest barrier to literacy development in the United States and beyond.”

The Texas Cultural Trust, through its book distribution program, will distribute over 6,000 books to children in 2nd through 5th grade in economically disadvantaged school districts in Texas, expanding the children’s knowledge of visual arts and emphasizing the fun of reading, helping to promote literacy. Adventures in the A.R.T.S. covers all the state required TEKS for the visual arts in 2nd through 5th grades. With less funding for arts education, this book helps teach the requirements while having fun. Many of the art activities can be done at home or in groups at school. Twenty pages of art activities are provided in the back of the book for those without immediate access to a computer. A recent study shows that while in middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.2 Findings show higher-than-average scores among students who reported more types of reading material at home. 68% of students who had three or more different types of reading materials at home performed at the Proficient level, while students who had two or fewer types of reading material at home performed at the Basic level. Students who had 4 types of reading materials at home performed the highest.3

According to a recently published report by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Arts Education Partnership, “The benefits associated with the study of the arts are inclusive of all students, although they can be greatest for those who are educationally or economically disadvantaged.” Adventures in the A.R.T.S. is one tool in reinstating the importance and excitement of the arts in education. Teachers can read to their classes and utilize the activities to teach the required visual arts TEKS as a supplement to already existing arts instruction. Putting a new book and interactive CD in each child’s hand to have as their very own is a powerful statement in support of literacy and arts education.

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1) Susan B. Neuman, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ctr. for Improvement of Early Reading Achievement
2) Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.

3) Donahue, P. L., A. D. Finnegan, and N. L. Lutkus, The Nation’s Report Card: Fourth-Grade Reading 2001 (PDF file), U.S. Department of Education, NCES, Washington, DC 2001.