Today, the Cultural Experience Project turned 10 and APS was in the house – at the Rialto Center for the Arts – to celebrate!
This program gives the gift of art, music, dance and theater to every APS student. All students ages Pre-K to 12th Grade have the opportunity to visit at least one arts or cultural event every school year. Today I met Grady High School senior Nia Nkosi, who has been involved in the Cultural Experience Project since its inception 10 years ago. Nia plans to study graphic design, art or computer animation and design after high school.
I also spent time with Camille Russell Love, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, and we talked about the research on how the arts impacts student achievement. I let them know that they can expect to see more fine arts across the school district.
To date, the program has provided more than 300,000 admissions to plays, concerts, dance performances and trips to museums and area attractions. Eight hundred students were invited to attend today’s event including students from Booker T. Washington High School – Health, Sciences and Nutrition Small School; Carver School of the Arts; Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Academy High School; Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. High School; Mays High School; North Atlanta High School; South Atlanta School of Computer Animation and Design; South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science and Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy.
We are grateful to the Cultural Experience Project sponsors: Turner Broadcasting Inc., Kendeda Fund, Loridans Foundation, Trammell Foundation, Zeist Foundation, JW Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, PNC Bank and Macy’s for providing this opportunity for our students.