Students who are enrolled in arts classes or attend schools where the arts are incorporated into lectures in all subjects are more likely to feel satisfaction at school and less likely to have disciplinary issues. With this in mind, Thea Foundation’s Arts Reconstruction program is our focused effort to help teachers receive professional development and supplies to enable a better platform to advance in their own careers and schools.
We currently partner with UA Little Rock's Windgate Center for Art + Design to provide visual arts technique training for educators from many local public schools. The professional development weeks are hosted during the summer and participating teachers are provided with housing for the week in case they are traveling in from other areas of the state that aren't centrally located. After the professional development week, teachers are then provided with the necessary supplies to implement the new medium in their classrooms during the next school year.