Arkansas Arts Academy Receives Exemplary School Designation

Key West, FL (May 15, 2016)…Arkansas Arts Academy has been designated a 2016-2018 Exemplary School by Arts Schools Network, the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. Created to highlight a school’s commitment to excellence, this designation is presented to an Arts Schools Network member school in recognition of its efforts to evaluate strategically its purpose, operations, and educational programs. This honor signifies that Arkansas Arts Academy has successfully completed a self-evaluation in the following areas:  strengths, areas for improvement, consistency with school-wide or program purposes, aspirations, and future challenges.

The mission of Arkansas Arts Academy (AAA) is to be the ultimate high school choice for excellence in arts and academics. The school bases its delivery on a foundation of four pillars. The first is academic excellence. AAA provides a rigorous innovative curriculum with personalized student learning environments that result in college and career ready students. Mastery of an art form is second. AAA provides art focused programming where students master the creating and performing of the arts. Third, AAA believes in arts integration as an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. AAA has an in-depth partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Students engage in a creative process, connecting a museum art form and a curriculum-based subject which results into evolving objectives. Fourth, AAA takes the opportunity to develop partnerships with eight other local museums. Using Crystal Bridges as its flagship partner and extended classroom, AAA established learning connections to the diverse resources and experiences offered by collections housed in local historical, natural, and science museums or sites. Building student awareness through arts experiences and exposure to the museums is an integral part of the AAA mission. 

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Dedicated to excellence and leadership in arts education, Arts Schools Network, a non-profit professional organization founded in 1981, is a dynamic resource for arts school leaders, innovative partners and members of arts education institutions.  Arts Schools Network is dedicated to providing teachers, administrators, and arts schools’ leaders with quality resources, support, professional development, and networking opportunities. For more than 35 years, ASN has offered informational and inspirational programs, communications, and services, and helped arts educators share best practices, experiences, and expertise. Visit the website to learn more.