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  • Stacey Bowers

Firing Up Fine Arts in Arkansas Schools

Do you know about Thea's Arts Reconstruction program? Through Arts Reconstruction, Thea Foundation implements new and augments existing arts programs in schools by providing advanced training and tools for visual arts teachers and string instruments and instruction. Summer visual arts training sessions just ended, and teachers from schools across central Arkansas learned to create and fire hand-built pottery and many techniques in metalworking, and they left with the tools to teach these skills to their students this school year.

Arts Reconstruction is currently adopted by seven schools in central Arkansas: North Little Rock High School, Sylvan Hills Central High School, and Parkview High School are benefiting from our visual arts programming, while Boone Park Elementary, 7th Street Elementary and Mabelvale Middle School are offering string instrument instruction through Arts Reconstruction.

Parents, do you want your children involved in engaging, mind-expanding fine arts classes that'll make them more eager to attend school and give them skills that will carry through life? Teachers, do you want the professional development and tools to make your classrooms a hub for advanced creativity? Tell your principals and superintendents about Arts Reconstruction. Call your administrators. Get your PTA behind the idea, and tell your school that you want Arts Reconstruction!

Need more convincing? Click here to hear from teachers and students participating in Arts Reconstruction programming.

Go behind the scenes of our summer Arts Reconstruction visual arts teacher training with the slideshow below. Special thanks to David Clemons for metalworking instruction, David Smith for hand-built pottery instruction, Mia Hall for coordination, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for facilities, and Mark Fonville for photography.

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