Want to learn how to use the arts as an agent of change to create an inclusive learning environment for students of all learning abilities? How about an opportunity to use the arts to motivate students to higher academic achievement? The Wisconsin Board For People With Developmental Disabilities (BPDD), in collaboration with Arts @ Large Inc., invites you to transform your curriculum with “Arts Wide Open.”
The BPDD and Arts @ Large are providing $5,000 grants to as many as four schools in Wisconsin. Fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms are recommended and each school may enroll two classrooms. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 9, 2011. Awards will be announced December 16, 2011.
Applications will be accepted from schools interested in exploring the innovative "Arts Wide Open" model as a tool for inclusive, project-based learning. Classroom teachers will attend professional development training and will be responsible for planning the project. All activities must be inclusive of all students, including those students with disabilities.
Arts @ Large (http://artsatlargeinc.org/) is an innovative program that provides multidisciplinary arts experiences for youth throughout Wisconsin. Created in 2001, A@L provides sustainable arts programming for students and teachers in public schools and highlights the essential role that art and music specialists and members of the greater arts community play in creating an inclusive atmosphere of classroom learning.