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EASD receives prestigious Outstanding Visual Arts Community distinction

September 19, 2019- The Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) is proud to recognize the Elizabethtown Area School District for their outstanding commitment to visual arts education with the endorsement Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2019. PAEA empowers its members to transform their practices, students, colleagues, and communities to build a strong art education culture and citizenry. Elizabethtown is one of only five schools in Lancaster County to receive this prestigious distinction.
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Districts receiving this endorsement demonstrate the importance of their visual arts programs with:

  • Rigorous and Inclusive Programs: Arts programs demonstrate rigor using standards-based curriculum taught at every level by highly qualified and certified arts educators.
  • Highly Accessible Programs: Art programs are offered to all students at every level of education with a sustainable budget for the visual arts.
  • Highly Visible Programs: Schools and districts identify their programmatic accomplishments, curriculum for all levels, art staff, mission statements, and arts events using their school websites and social media.

Students in Elizabethtown Area School District celebrate the importance of a well-rounded education with opportunities to engage in arts education courses at all grade levels, K-12. “The term ‘well-rounded education’ means courses, activities, and programming in subjects such as English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, career and technical education, health, physical education, and any other subject, as determined by the State or local educational agency, with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience.” (ESSA, Title VIII, Section 8002)

The Elizabethtown Area School District offers an array of visual art courses that seek to maximize the creative potential of our students and help them become artists in their own right. Students have a selection of classes to choose from ranging from graphic design to painting to photography and many more. In addition, students are engaged in the local art scene whether it be exhibiting work in local museums or helping with community murals. Coming up in November, the Millersville University Office of Visual & Performing Arts (VPAC) will feature an exhibit of EAHS student artwork as part of the Studio for Students program. The purpose of this program is to acknowledge and inspire student commitment to the arts, to offer students the opportunity to present their work in a gallery setting, and to increase understanding and appreciation for the arts among members of the community. Teachers, students, and parents are able to view the display during business hours and during any Winter Center performances. The District’s art department is comprised of elementary art teachers Diane Brubaker, Missy Tyson, and Ayla West; middle school art teacher Cindy Telenko; and high school art teachers Kevin Goss and Kay Reist.

These opportunities prepare students with visual literacy. Visual literacy constitutes the new thinking and learning skills of a digital age and a creative economy. These are the types of cognitive skills young people will need to find their place in a globally competitive workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector is a $699 billion industry, which represents 4.3% of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation and agriculture—according to a press release in early 2015. The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences) that supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue (Americans for the Arts, 2015). Technology innovations such as big data, data analytics, and visualization will simply increase the importance of visual and spatial learning skills.

The Pennsylvania Art Education Association commends the Elizabethtown Area School District for your active role in providing arts education opportunities for your students and receiving the endorsement of Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2019.