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A great idea about art and learning makes a difference for 4,000 elementary school students

June 29, 2010

When the 2009-10 school year began, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham also began a new initiative called Artists As Educators. Supported by your Community Foundation, with matching dollars from other funders and a real boost from Birmingham City Schools, this program brought integrated arts education into 17 Birmingham City elementary schools and touched 4,000 students there and at recreation centers this summer.

Artists As Educators also gave talented local artists a new source of income and a great way to inspire the youngest residents of our community through a true partnership of learning and the arts.

Partnership is the key here. The success of the program is a testament to how donors and the school system worked together to find the funding needed as well as how artists, teachers and principals, found a new way to work together, using arts as an integral part of the curriculum.

All these groups want a second year of this model program. Because of great support in early stages, the Cultural Alliance was able to quickly expand from five schools to 17, and they hope to increase that number in 2010-11.

Click here to find out more about the program and see photos of students and artists in action. Or contact Buddy Palmer at the Cultural Alliance to find out more details of the coming year. You can make a donation on line through the Arts Education Fund of your Community Foundation, which is already committed to supporting this program.

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