The public is invited to attend an evening of art and storytelling from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Myrtlewood Elementary School, 14701 Gainesville Road in Fosters.
The Myrtlewood second-graders, teachers and the staff of the West Alabama Arts Education Resource Center will present a program showcasing student work from the nine-week arts integration program.
Right now, less than 40 percent of school systems across the state of Alabama offer arts education programming, with rural communities impacted the most. A leadership team of arts, education, business and community leaders from across the state worked for three years to create the Alabama Plan for Arts Education.
As a result, the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa established the West Alabama Arts Education Collaborative, a project of the Artistic Literacy Consortium. The collaborative is led by its director, Shannon McCue, and is administered through a regional office at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. The Artistic Literacy Consortium is a joint project between the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Alabama State Department of Education with regional offices also in Birmingham and Huntsville.
Myrtlewood Elementary is the first school to participate in the programming that the collaborative has to offer students and teachers.
For more information about the program, visit www.tuscarts.org/artseducation.
For more information about the Arts Council, patrons can like the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter.
Call 205-758-5195 or visit www.tuscarts.org for further information.