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Thanks to a generous grant from the Meadows Foundation, the Texas Cultural Trust is partnering with the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts (CEDFA) and The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts to offer an opportunity for secondary art teachers to explore the curriculum of Art and Media Communications I. In order to introduce this cutting-edge arts class, a three-hour introductory professional development session for arts educators will be offered at no cost this winter and spring at school districts and Education Service Centers across Texas. This session is designed to introduce visual arts instructors to the curriculum and criteria to prepare them to teach the course during the 2012-2013 school year. A more in-depth three-day exploratory of the curriculum will be offered by the University of Texas at Austin in June, 2012.

Art and Media Communications 1 Professional Development Training-Winter and Spring 2012

  • Ft. Worth Independent School District -- February 3
  • Amarillo (Education Service Center 16) -- February 15
  • Austin Independent School District -- February 17
  • Plano Independent School District -- February 20
  • Richardson Independent School District -- February 20
  • Alief Independent School District -- February 20
  • Wichita Falls Independent School District -- February 20
  • Abilene Independent School District -- February 20
  • Dallas Independent School District -- February 21
  • Kilgore (Education Service Center 7) -- February 21
  • San Angelo Education Service Center 15 -- February 21
  • Houston Independent School District -- February 22
  • Ector County Independent School District -- March 9
  • El Paso (Education Service Center 19) -- March 21
  • Corpus Christi (Education Service Center 2) -- March 20
  • Lubbock (Education Service Center 17) -- March 22
  • Spring Independent School District -- March 22
  • Brownsville Independent School District -- March 31
  • San Antonio Independent School District -- April 2
  • Keller Independent School District -- May 2
  • Edinburg (Education Service Center) -- May 2
  • Pleasant Gove Independent School District -- May 11

University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts Summer Training –Summer 2012

  • June 11-13
  • June 14-16
  • June 18-20
  • June 21-23

In the 21st century economy, the highest wage jobs will be in creative industries that value skills in critical thinking, innovation and imagination. In 2010, the Texas Cultural Trust developed the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative to create new project-based fine arts curricula that establish the link between traditional arts education and digital media communication. The College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has partnered with the Texas Cultural Trust to develop and expand the Arts and Digital Literacy program, an initiative that will modernize fine arts curricula in Texas public schools to better prepare young Texans for this changing work landscape. As part of the joint venture, the Texas Cultural Trust will develop courses in media communications for the traditional fine arts disciplines (visual arts, music, theatre, and dance).

Thomas Waggoner, the former director of Fine Arts Education at the Texas Education Agency, has joined this collaborative effort. Under his direction, the College of Fine Arts will be responsible for developing teacher training courses, workshops, support materials, and course updates for current and upcoming teachers to implement the curriculum and the teacher education curricula across the state. In the summer of 2012, the College of Fine Arts will host a conference of all the major Fine Arts teacher programs in the state including the Arts and Digital Literacy initiative and will offer summer workshops in teacher-training. By the fall of 2013, three innovative Arts and Digital Literacy courses will be offered in high schools across the state of Texas.