Goal 2: Arts Education & Youth Development
Arts education programs are an integral part of public school curriculum in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Students at Hollymead Elementary School in Albemarle County benefit from a choice-based arts integration model.
Students in second grade were learning about the Powhatan Indians in their classrooms. The music, art, gifted teacher and media specialist worked collaboratively with the classroom teachers to find out what the students wanted to learn about. Using student’s questions, the teachers created learning spaces where students could investigate the answers to their questions. The final product was a Pow-Wow with drama, music, art and research. The arts integration model was such a success with second grade that it is now being extended to other grades as well.