The Texas Cultural Trust, in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts, created an innovative suite of classes that bridges the gap between traditional fine arts education and technological instruction. The Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative is a project-based fine arts program that integrates technology into the creative classroom, giving students all the benefits of an arts rich education, while preparing them for the modern workplace. All courses are aligned with the current Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards for fine arts and count as fine arts credit for graduation.
higher pass rates on standardized test scores
less likely to drop out
additional week of classes per school year
Additionally, these students have greater rates of enrollment in higher education. Digital literacy is the future of communication, and theses courses generate learning experiences that truly engage students while simultaneously developing their capacity for critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and innovation.
The help alleviate any barriers to implementation, the Trust offers ongoing support with both an annual professional development for fine arts teachers (the Arts & Digital Literacy Institute) and a Classroom Technology Grant, offering financial assistance that may be used to purchase technology or cover other associated costs.