The Professional Development for Arts Educators grant is a natural extension of the College of Visual and Performing Arts' community-engaged work with local schools. In the photo above, a student learns violin as part of the Arts After School initiative.

UNCG is partnering with Guilford County Schools (GCS) to help public school teachers use the arts more effectively, thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education.

The Professional Development for Arts Educators grant will fund the Guilford County Schools Arts Integration Academy (GCS-AIA), a partnership between GCS, UNCG and a community of local artists, galleries, theaters and museums.

UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts will receive $525,000 over four years to provide arts-integrated coursework and training to 90 teachers across 18 schools in Guilford County. UNCG faculty and staff will help teachers of all subjects use the arts to enhance curriculum. The university will also provide tools to help administrators evaluate the effectiveness of the new coursework.

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Originally published October 24, 2017. Story by Alyssa Bedrosian. Photography by Martin W. Kane.

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