National Arts in Education Week

National Arts in Education Week
Posted on 09/13/2019
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Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. 

The HSSD is proud to offer  a wide array of visual and performing arts at each of our schools. Here, find a brief summary to celebrate the many ways that HSSD students have arts education woven into their day-to-day activities. Some of our most well known arts education offerings in the Hot Springs community are our annual performances, which this year include productions of Elf by our 7th-12th grade students and Cinderella by our K-6th grade students.

At the HSSD, our four elementary schools are Magnet Schools, which means they each have unique themes that guide school cultural and electives. Our Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School is a historic part of the area, and offers Junior Broadway performances each year, as well as a full education Pre-K-6th grade enriched by visual and performing arts activities including choir, show choir, strings, orchestra, band, jazz, tap, ballet, the Oaklawn Dance Company, art production and art class, and more. Students across the HSSD can also participate in the Little T-Steppers, hosted at Oaklawn, as an after-school activity.

At all HSSD elementary schools, students enjoy art and music as part of routinely scheduled electives. They also have the opportunity to choose between choir, and band classes, as electives. 

For our 7th-12th grade students, the HSSD offers dance classes, music, band, strings, and choir to all students as electives. World class training, teaching, and competitions are offered to students in band, choir, orchestra, dance, theater and drama, and art classes. Through clubs, student organizations, and athletic programs including the Trojan Band, Hot Springs Dance Troupe, T-Steppers, Trojan Cheerleaders, Thespians, and Trojan Art Club, students can expand their interest and talent within arts education, and also follow strict guidelines of behavior and academic rigor. These programs also offer countless ways to accumulate volunteer hours, which teaches leadership skills to our students, and allows them to engage with and interact amid the arts and cultural community of Hot Springs and surrounding areas. 

The offering of a well rounded, world class educational experience - including an emphasis on arts in education - will always be a focus for the HSSD. We are proud of all the students, staff members, volunteers, and community partners who help bring the arts alive for our students.

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