Celebrate National Arts In Education Week

Guntersville High School students worked with senior citizens to create a project depicting their lives.  The senior citizens were interviewed extensively by the Advanced Art students.   They got to know them and about their lives.   Then the students created a visual story of their lives.   The culminating activity was going to the senior center for their "spring fling" and presenting their visual story to the senior citizen.  The students also took a class in ball room dancing so they could dance with them during the spring fling.   There were a lot of tears from students and the seniors.     

Their Art Teacher, Valerie Jones, actually had to work as a partner - a student left the school.

A film student create a video that documented the whole process and everyone got a copy of the DVD.

#BecauseofArtsEd Post your story on social media using this hashtag or send us your story, we'll post it for you!

National Arts in Education week is a national celebration recognizing the arts importance to a well-rounded education.  Designated by Congress in 2010, through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention of this cause to elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

National Arts in Education Week takes place annually during the week beginning with the second Sunday of September. This year it falls on September 11 - 17, 2016.

For the arts education professionals, we will have a full listing of events soon, but you can see last year's events here.

JOIN in the celebration? Find three easy ways outlined here.

The Alabama Alliance for Arts Education
supports and advocates
policies, practices, and partnerships  
that promote excellence
in arts education.

AAAE is a statewide partnership program
of the
 Alabama State Council on the Arts.


This is just a small sampling of some of the beautiful work accomplished by SAIL 2016 participants.


SAIL in the Summertime
Instruction and

Meet the 2016 Presenters & Staff
Show Your Colors!

Attend a
2017 SAIL Summertime Professional Development Workshop
next Summer.

Gel Press was a 2016 co-sponsor of SAIL, through a generous donation of Gel Press Plates that were used in our wonderful Creating Value Workshop, July 10-13, 2016.
The art produced during Creating Value was featured in short poetic videos produced by participants.

In addition, participants received a full setup of materials to take back to their classrooms.


The Alabama State Council on the Arts sent questionnaires to statewide candidates on September 8, 2014 regarding positions on state support for the arts. To view results in a particular district, please click here.

  • We believe...

    that all Alabamians should have equal opportunities to discover and
    to develop their talents.

  • We believe...

    that all Alabamians should have a sequential and comprehensive
    education in the arts.

  • We believe...

    that all Alabamians should gain enough knowledge about the arts in order to understand their own cultural heritage and the cultural heritage of others.

Visit our other alliance affiliates web pages

Baldwin County Alliance for Arts Education

Support for programs is received from:

Daniel Foundation of Alabama
Alabama State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Support the Arts Tag

FREE Arts in Education Grants Workshops

Do you have an arts-related idea that a grant of up to $25,000 might help? 


To assist applicants prepare the best possible Arts in Education grants, the Alabama State Department of Education, the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education and the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts are offering special introductory FREE workshops. Attending one of these workshops will help applicants make the most of their ideas, and will answer many questions before the deadline of October 28, 2016.


Register Here for one of the workshops nearest you.

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