Prestigious grant program helps APS increase art education in schools


Students at eight Albuquerque Public Schools are being given a unique opportunity to explore their creative side. It’s part of a new mission to get more art into schools. 

A partnership between APS, the city, and the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center is giving kids a new opportunity to explore fine arts. 

“To join the prestigious Any Given Child program, the honor is absolutely incredible,” said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy.

 In recent years, educators have been emphasizing the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math education known as STEM. 

“I always laugh when I hear STEM. Let’s get the ‘A’ back in there and that’s what this is all about,” said Mayor Tim Keller. 

APS has been working over the last few years to do that. In the past, elementary schools have had either art or music, but APS says the community made it clear they wanted more. 

“It confirmed for APS that our work and movement towards providing students with a well-rounded education, that not only focused on academics but also embraced the whole child as a creative being,” said Reedy. 

They’re working to get both art and music in every elementary school in the next five years. This Any Given Child program is one way to do it. 

“If you go into a school at any given time there will be a classroom totally dedicated to art,” said Reedy. 

The eight ‘elevated arts’ schools will get to work with local artists, getting hands-on lessons and giving kids a chance to embrace their full potential. 

“Everyone learns differently,” said Mayor Keller. 

Right now, 20 of the 89 APS schools have music and art; 20 more will get it every year. The eight inaugural schools participating in the partnership applied individually and were selected by the Kennedy Center. 

Dolores Gonzales Elementary, Helen Cordero Elementary, Lew Wallace Elementary, Montezuma Elementary, Sombra Del Monte Elementary, Alamosa Elementary, Alvarado Elementary, and Van Buren Middle School are all “elevated arts schools.’

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