The Leading Voice for the Arts in Texas Will Host Educators and Administrators in San Antonio for Annual Hands-On Digital Literacy Training

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) is pleased to announce its third annual Digital Pioneers Institute, a two-day hands-on professional development for fine arts teachers and administrators taking place at The San Antonio Museum of Art on July 25 and 26. Programming combines in-depth curriculum training with technological application designed by the Texas Cultural Trust as part of their ongoing mission to be Texas’ leading voice for the arts in education and advocacy.
Completion of the Digital Pioneers Institute program counts for up to 14 CPE/GT credits and
provides educators with an experiential study of modern, post-modern, and contemporary fine
arts and design while diving into the online platform. The Arts & Digital Literacy (ADL) curriculum
was developed in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts to
integrate technology into the creative classroom, giving students all the benefits of an arts-rich
education, while preparing them for the modern workplace.
“Our research undeniably illustrates how students who are exposed to fine arts receive a more
holistic schooling experience and are half as likely to drop out,” said Heidi Marquez Smith,
executive director of the Texas Cultural Trust. “The educators who attend the Digital Pioneers
Institute are taking valuable skills back to their districts to keep students engaged and curious.
ADL integrates current technology to demonstrate how digital media can reinvent art as we
know it, which is especially relevant to students in grades 9 through 12.”
The Trust supports educators in implementing ADL curriculum in schools by sponsoring
Classroom Technology Grants for teachers who are interested in furthering their professional
development through attending the Digital Pioneers Institute. The Classroom Technology Grants
are awarded annually to certified fine arts teachers to help purchase technology or assist with
expenses associated with training for and implementing ADL curricula. Since 2015, the Texas
Cultural Trust has awarded more than $85,000 through grants to over 20 certified fine arts
teachers. ADL courses are being taught to over 5,000 students in 217 classrooms in 116 schools
across the state.
The two-day event will also feature an opening reception with speakers including John
Green-Otero of the Creative Learning Initiative in Austin ISD and special guests including Dr.
Brent Hasty of MINDPOP. Tickets are $60 for museum members and $80 for non-members and
include museum gallery time. For more information and to register, visit
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The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state.  Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Texas Women for the Arts, the Texas Young Masters, Arts & Digital Literacy, and Art Can. The Trust also supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. Since 2008, the Texas Cultural Trust has invested more than $3.2 million into arts awareness and education, bringing the total investment to more than $4.9 million.  For more information, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org


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