Rockford Public Schools receive nearly $1 million arts grant

Rockford Public Schools receive nearly $1 million arts grant

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Schools and community partners will integrate the arts into area schools.

The Rockford Public Schools recently received a grant for $950,000 that will help Rockford students experience the fine arts through the Rockford Arts Revival (RAR) program. The grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Education, will fund the creation of the RAR program, which will bring local artists and arts agencies into partnerships with elementary and middle school students and teachers over a three-year period.

The grant will provide instruments for three middle school band programs, bolster current elementary school arts programs and provide related classroom technology for students and visual arts teachers. Community partners participating in the three-year program include the Rockford Area Arts Council, Rockford Dance Company, New American Theatre, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

The RAR program will bring local artists and arts agencies into partnerships with teachers for all elementary and middle school students over a three-year period. These teacher-artist partnerships will plan integrated instruction, joining instruction in an art form such as a play or music, with specific instructional goals in other academic subjects such as reading or science. Annually, all schools will participate in an All-City Musical to culminate the integrated curriculum.

For more information about the grant and the RAR program, contact Lu Ann Widergren, Fine Arts coordinator, (815) 484-7595.

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