December 7, 2001
Building bridges with art
Funding for art education in public
schools has been systematically cut since the 1970s, but now
CSUS is helping to reintegrate the arts into K-12 education.
This campus is one of only two universities in the CSU system
to receive a $24,000 two-year grant from the University of
California system for an ArtsBridge project.
The project provides funding for art majors to gain hands-on
teaching experience while reintroducing arts classes to local
schools. It is directed by music professor Deborah Pittman,
who is assisted by four other arts professors as well as instructors
from several local public schools.
Here's how is works: Top-ranked CSUS arts students are selected
as ArtsBridge scholars. After meeting specific criteria and
passing an interview process, the students receive a $1,000
scholarship. Local K-12 teachers apply to have an ArtsBridge
scholar in their classroom for one semester, and Pittman matches
the scholars with the teachers. The whole thing costs participating
Founded in 1996 by UC Irvine, the program has served more
10,000 children in California's public schools. In 1999, ArtsBridge
received a $1.5 million grant from the state to expand its
services. The program has a proven success record of addressing
the scarcity of arts education curriculum in public schools.
For more information call Pittman at 278-7482.
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