The third annual Digital Pioneers Institute was held at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Over 50 teachers from around the state trained for two days on the Arts and Digital Literacy curricula. The updated courses can be found on the learning management system Canvas and feature slideshows for all the lessons. The courses are being taught in 20 of the 20 education service centers, in over 150 schools, with more than 3,800 students enrolled.
Thursday, August 24, 2017, Austin, Texas - The Texas Cultural Trust awarded 11 fine arts teachers a total of $25,000 in vital funding to implement the Arts & Digital Literacy (ADL) initiative in their schools. Digital literacy is the future of communication and ADL provides free, innovative, TEKS aligned online curricula to enhance fine arts learning through digital mediums. This curricula transforms how fine arts teachers educate the youth of today and prepares them for the technologically advanced workforce of tomorrow. The Classroom Technology Grants are awarded annually to certified fine arts teachers to help purchase technology or assist with expenses associated with implementing ADL curricula. Since 2015, the Texas Cultural Trust has awarded more than $75,500 in 29 grants to 23 certified fine arts teachers. ADL courses are being taught to over 5,000 students in 217 classrooms in 116 schools across the state. read more
Thursday, September 01, 2016, AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Cultural Trust has awarded 10 fine arts teachers across the state a total of $26,000 to significantly incorporate the use of technology into their artistic classroom. The Trust’s Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts is an innovative curriculum that bridges technological instruction with fine arts education. The Arts and Digital Literacy is a series of project based Fine Arts courses for high school students that establish the connection between fine arts education and digital media. The courses count as fine arts credit required for graduation and are available for free download at www.txartandmedia.org. Since the Classroom Technology Grant’s inception in 2015, the Texas Cultural Trust has awarded over $50,000 to 19 deserving Fine Arts teachers across the state. Learn more about the Arts & Digital Literacy Initiative by watching this video. read more
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to announce a matching grant from The Meadows Foundation. The grant of $60,000 will provide support to high school fine arts teachers from low performing schools to use the Trust’s Arts & Digital Literacy initiative, an innovative arts and technology curriculum for engaging at-risk students. This funding will help serve 100 additional Texas teachers, as well as provide ongoing support to more than 800 trained teachers at the Arts & Digital Literacy Institute: Digital Pioneers, scheduled for August 1-3, 2016, at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit www.txculturaltrust.org. This is the language Judy J suggested using when referring to these schools: “Texas Cultural Trust and the Meadows Foundation are committed to helping students most at risk in the state. In reviewing high school data on accountability index 2, we found that students in these schools might benefit from the program.” read more