Why an Artist-In-Residency Program?
The Artist-In-Residency Program was developed based on recommendations derived from the 2005 report, "Within Our Power: The Progress, Plight and Promise of Arts Education for Every Child", that examined the level of proficiency and performance in each subject area: Music, Theater, Dance, & Visual Arts. The arts partners responsible for issuing this report strongly recommended that Newark and other New Jersey Schools develop and implement arts programs that complement other initiatives to improve children's education and to improve skills. The Newark Arts Council, following the recommendations of the report in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Education Adequate Yearly Progress Report, developed a comprehensive arts education program that greatly benefits underperforming Newark Public Schools by providing sustainable arts-education in the classroom and supporting professional development of classroom teachers and teaching artists. The merit of implementing
arts-based learning in the classroom encourages students to utilize the arts and art-making as a means of absorbing the full breadth of content-based learning.
Goals of the AIR Program
The outcomes and goals outlined in this initiative provided each pilot school with a comprehensive approach to incorporating the arts in subject-based classrooms. From this, classroom teachers and most importantly NPS students benefited from a “holistic” approach to their education.
The arts are an effective vehicle for youth to reach their full potential. The New Jersey Arts-Education Census Project results provide an effective impetus for the NAC to address the issue of the quality of arts education in the local schools as an essential extension of NAC’s commitment to the arts and community.
The goals bulleted below are many-fold; NAC’S Arts Education Program has in its pilot year:
Artist-in-Residency (AIR) Archive
Select a school from the archives below to see images from past AIR projects:
South Street Elementary School
Newton Street Elementary School
Broadway Elementary School
Sussex Avenue School
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