Creativity, self-expression, critical thinking, civic engagement. These are skills and qualities our children must develop to succeed in the 21st century. These are skills and qualities that are developed when students learn in, about, and through the arts—an opportunity every student in Vermont should have. Council support provides excellent direct arts experiences for students, professional development opportunities for educators, and resources for local arts education advocates.
The Council provides transformative arts experiences for students through Artists in Schools and Cultural Routes grants. Poetry Out Loud fosters a culture of poetry and community in participating high schools. Our Head Start Arts Partnership offers statewide professional development with training in arts integration for Head Start classroom teachers. The Arts Connect Program gives teaching artists training in arts integration and Universal Design for Learning. Finally, the Arts Council uses its voice to support arts education in local communities by providing research, connecting resources, and advocating on their behalf in the legislature.