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, distributed over 7,000 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. 

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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 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.

I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women. – Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education

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.