Edmond Public Schools
A Partnership between The Fine Arts Institute & the Edmond Public Schools
With the goal of providing cultural enrichment for the Edmond community, the Fine Arts Institute looks upon art as a part of a well-rounded education.
In September, 2015 the FAI begins it’s 14th year of the Art in Schools program which extends the reach of art instruction to the 3rd and 4th grades, taught by faculty members from the Fine Arts Institute.
With funds from the Edmond Public Schools, Edmond Women’s Club and the Rotary Club of Edmond, this innovative program allows FAI teachers to reach 2500 3rd & 4th graders each week with hands-on art instruction at eight elementary schools. With the inclusion of art in these students' curriculum, test scores have improved.
Research has shown that children, who can express themselves artistically, will dramatically improve their skills of observation and retention along with their overall performance. Art in the Schools introduces art education that connects the students’ current curriculum with the Oklahoma Visual Arts P.A.S.S. standards. Art projects are designed to allow children to see their subject from a different viewpoint, to expand the ways in which they absorb information and express their understanding of their education in a vibrant way.
Children in 3rd and 4th grades at the following elementary schools are benefiting from this partnership.
- Ida Freeman
- Orvis Risner
- Northern Hills
- Will Rogers
- Charles Haskell
- John Ross
- Angie Debo
Fine Arts Institute faculty members included are: Jen Hustis, Mandy Steward, Vanessa Larwig, Jackie Nelson, Erin Lathum and Tamara Arnoldy. The Art in Schools program is made possible by public and private funding. The Fine Arts Institute is Edmond’s non-profit community arts organization offering educational enrichment to youth and adults in the visual and performing arts.